Welcome to the Barn - 1
When Mike first asked me to do a Western page for his New Rider web site, I thought to myself, "Now, what can I possibly provide to these good English riders about Western riding?" I then remembered my initial thoughts when I first encountered the New Rider site on the internet: "Now, what could a site full of English riders possibly offer me?" "Why don't I just go find a Western site and talk with folks that I have something in common with?"
"This should be fun", I thought. After I sent Mike an email saying I
would be glad to, my next thought was, "This might be a lot of work!" But
what are horse friends for? And speaking of horse friends,
there are a few other Western riders that have been lurking in the shadows
on New Rider, and are going to help me with this project. My posse of
cohorts in communication include: Thea Lloyd (Epona UK), Tiffany Button
(horselover), Bob Jolley (guest writer), Carroll Haverkamp (Allie), Cathryn
LeAnn (Katie_85) and Jacki Hyams (JackiAH). I will include a biography
of each writer on another page. Thea by the way, is a certified Western
trainer in England!
Let me introduce myself. My name is Tim Manson and I am from Killeen, Texas. I wasn't born in Texas. I was born some 45 years ago in the state of Missouri, but I got here just as quick as I could! First, let me tell you what I am NOT. I am not a professional horse trainer or riding instructor. What I AM, is an old Texas cowboy who has about 30 years of experience in the saddle, and a Western saddle at that!
The intoduction continues on the next page.