#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Archive for December, 2007

Behind the Chutes

A real highpoint for me, as an animal lover, was the behind-the-scenes tour I received, conducted by Cindy, who is in charge of protecting animals at the NFR and many other rodeos, and Dr. Doug Corey, a veterinarian with a lot of rodeo experience. The two of them work together to make sure horses, bulls, calves, etc. are treated well.

The broncs were all big and sturdy, and exuding health. The same could be said of the bulls–one of them took a dislike to me as I passed, lowered his head, and started pawing the ground. Cindy said brightly, “Just

Read More »
My Glamorous Life

This morning, before the sun was up, I was out feeding my horses–in my pajamas. This is a pretty fancy set-up–10 acre pasture fenced Kentucky style, with white rail fences, big main house and brand new barn. But there ain’t nothin’ glamorous about hauling hay. And you know what? I love it, though I admit I could do without the stall shoveling!

I promised to tell you about the two luncheons at the NFR–the first one I attended was The Heart of the West Awards, meant to honor those for-real cowboys and cowgirls, some celebrities, some champions, and many regular

Read More »

“Keep your ear to the ground” referred to the practice of plainsmen listening to the ground to hear hoof beats. It became the westerner’s warning to stay alert.