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Gutsy wrangler, huge horse save boy from charging grizzly
Spokesman Review (Spokane) ^ | 9/18/2011 | Rich Landers

Posted on 09/19/2011 3:49:26 PM PDT by Baynative

Grizzlies are high profile this year.

A lingering winter and late berry crop kept bears in proximity to humans longer than normal, perhaps contributing to a stream of headlines about grizzlies killing people and people killing grizzlies.

Meanwhile, a young lady on a big horse charged out of the pack of grizzly stories near Glacier National Park. In a cloud of dust, the 25-year-old wrangler likely saved a boy’s life while demonstrating that skill, quick-thinking and guts sometimes are the best weapons against a head-on charging grizzly.

(Excerpt) Read more at spokesman.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: grizzly; heroine; wrangler
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(posting this because I need a feel good story)

"Tonk isn’t the typical trail mount. Best anyone knows, he’s the result of cross-breeding a quarter horse with a Percheron – a draft horse. Bolster is 5-foot-10, yet she relies on her athleticism to climb into the saddle aboard Tonk.

“He was one of the horses we lease from Wyoming and bring in every year,” Bolster said, noting that she’d picked him from the stable in May to be hers for the season.

“He’s a very large horse – 18 hands high. That intimidates a lot of riders. But I’ve always loved big horses. He’s kind of high-strung and spooky, the largest of our wrangling horses. I like a horse with a lot of spirit, and I was really glad to be on him that day.”

(Tonk has a new home, now)


1 posted on 09/19/2011 3:49:32 PM PDT by Baynative
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To: Baynative
Sure hope obama & the liberals don't try to tax for riding a high horse.

Great story.

2 posted on 09/19/2011 3:54:14 PM PDT by A Cyrenian (Whenever I start to feel down. I always thank God I'm not Jay Carney.)
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To: gieriscm

ping


3 posted on 09/19/2011 3:54:50 PM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: Baynative

wow what a girl


4 posted on 09/19/2011 3:56:19 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Baynative
A lingering winter and late berry crop kept bears in proximity to humans longer than normal, perhaps contributing to a stream of headlines about grizzlies killing people and people killing grizzlies.

Of course it has NOTHING whatsoever to do with a specific government policy dedicated to increasing Grizzly bear numbers while wrecking their wildland habitat. It's just a seasonal coincidence.

5 posted on 09/19/2011 3:56:32 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Noumenon

Ping.


6 posted on 09/19/2011 3:56:52 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Baynative

Holy cow!

A real ride of the Valkyries!


7 posted on 09/19/2011 3:59:16 PM PDT by mojito
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To: Baynative

BTT. I learned to ride on a 18-hand Tennessee Walker. It was like looking down from a tree. Old Red was proud-cut and took nuthin’ from nobody, but if you were on him you were his charge. Me, I was about 100 lbs at the time and I’m not entirely sure he always knew I was aboard. Great kids’ horse. Mounting was like doing a high-jump, though, and I was just about doing a split riding bareback, but it was a great way to learn.


8 posted on 09/19/2011 3:59:16 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Baynative

Baynative, I’ll be happy to read stories about brave, young Americans ANY day of the week! :)

We need more wonderful ladies like her. Our 18-year old daughter is working her way through school in Chicago — another gutsy young lady we’ve raised to be conservative!


9 posted on 09/19/2011 4:01:51 PM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: Baynative

A worthy {and fitting) name.

I was thinking of our “Tonk” at F.R.


10 posted on 09/19/2011 4:02:37 PM PDT by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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To: Baynative

Good thing for the grizzly that the boy was kept from charging it.... (duck’n & runn’n)


11 posted on 09/19/2011 4:02:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Baynative

Great story!


12 posted on 09/19/2011 4:02:50 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Baynative

Cool story. Thanks.


13 posted on 09/19/2011 4:05:41 PM PDT by e_castillo (Drill here drill now...)
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To: Baynative

LOL- I call animal cruelty on the human.

The horse and bear would have gotten along just fine and had NO PROBLEMS AT ALL, if the humans weren’t involved in their natural home.

Abuse of the bear and horse.... what a terrible woman!!!

....or so the liberal says.

Really though, quite heroic.


14 posted on 09/19/2011 4:07:22 PM PDT by Individual Rights in NJ (Infidel Inside)
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To: Baynative
Gutsy wrangler, huge horse save boy from charging grizzly

Take away his credit card.

15 posted on 09/19/2011 4:07:22 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Baynative
who was leading the group on Tonk, a burly 10-year-old white horse of questionable lineage.

President Tonk, to you!

16 posted on 09/19/2011 4:07:36 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: labette; Kathy in Alaska

Me too!
Canteen PING!


17 posted on 09/19/2011 4:12:22 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: Baynative

WHATTA GIRL..WHATTA HORSE!
Loved this


18 posted on 09/19/2011 4:13:05 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: Baynative

Great and exciting story. Thanks for posting it.


19 posted on 09/19/2011 4:15:11 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Another Maryland girl for Palin in 2012)
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To: Baynative

How good it is that the writer, Rich Landers , gives us an
understandable and well written account of the incident. This is quite unusual that a writer for a newspapaer writes
a piece that answeres the uestions that readers have.


20 posted on 09/19/2011 4:15:25 PM PDT by tommix2
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To: Baynative; george76; Flycatcher; girlangler; Inyo-Mono; MamaDearest

Great story, thanks for posting.

Grizzly encounter that turned out well for all Ping!


21 posted on 09/19/2011 4:17:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Billthedrill
I learned to ride on a 18-hand Tennessee Walker.

Hey, can you give us city slickers a measurement conversion on "18 hand"?

Thanks.

22 posted on 09/19/2011 4:19:20 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Baynative

What a wonderful story and an incredible young lady. The horse is quite remarkable too.

I just returned from vacation and this is the first thread I’ve read in nearly a month. Thank you for posting the article.


23 posted on 09/19/2011 4:24:50 PM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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To: Baynative

****She started riding at 4 years old, became a pro trainer at 15, graduated from high school at 16 in Roanoke, Va., and ran a riding academy for several years.****

NOT ‘made in Hollywood’.

What a fantastic individual. Wondering if her parents raised her - or if she raised herself. She is an inspiration!


24 posted on 09/19/2011 4:25:08 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: Semper911

A ‘hand’ is four inches;)


25 posted on 09/19/2011 4:26:09 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: Baynative
God Bless them both! Lots of grit on the part of both horse and rider, and the best part of all....

(No spoilers, you have to click the link.)

26 posted on 09/19/2011 4:26:29 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Semper911

As I remember one hand is six inches so tonk is nine feet high at the withers. most saddle horses are average fifteen or sixteen hands. Draft horses like percherons are often
eighteen hands.


27 posted on 09/19/2011 4:28:01 PM PDT by tommix2
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To: Billthedrill
Never mind, I looked it up.

To the city slickers: A hand is 4 inches, and horses are measured to the highest point of the withers, which is where the neck meets the back.

28 posted on 09/19/2011 4:28:05 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Baynative

29 posted on 09/19/2011 4:28:39 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: DuncanWaring

Great story! None of our girls are that big. Gracie’s almost 16 hands, but sh’e not likely to get much bigger than that. She’s half thoroughbred, half American Cream drafter. She’s 4 years old and a beautiful champagne color. She’s our rescure from a couple of years ago.

Tonk’s a champ, that’s for sure.


30 posted on 09/19/2011 4:28:57 PM PDT by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: Baynative

Thanks for posting - great story!!!!


31 posted on 09/19/2011 4:29:27 PM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Semper911
One hand = 4 inches, measured from the ground to the high point of the withers, i.e., to the place where the neck joins the back. Eighteen hands is a big horse.

I'm getting up in years and need a mounting block to mount a 15+ hands high horse.
32 posted on 09/19/2011 4:29:53 PM PDT by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: visualops

Hummm.... Nice.... (The horse I mean..)


33 posted on 09/19/2011 4:30:14 PM PDT by ToxicMich
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To: Baynative

The outfitter I used for elk hunting in Montana a few years ago uses draft/quarter horse mixes. They are monsters. I had to mount on a side hill or have help and I am 6 ft tall. He told me they make the best mountain horses.


34 posted on 09/19/2011 4:31:00 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: Semper911

Four inches per hand, measured ground to withers. This beastie’s back was just under six feet off the ground. I was maybe five feet tall at the time. That was a big, big horse. And a really long fall that I made a couple of times and never once was it the horse’s fault.


35 posted on 09/19/2011 4:31:53 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: jazusamo
Great story. Great ending.

Even for the grizzly.

How rare is that?

36 posted on 09/19/2011 4:32:40 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Semper911

Should have finished - 18 hands is therefore 6 feet. (4 X18 = 72”)

Measured at the withers - and the head may be another 18-24 inches higher - depending on the length of the neck and posture.


37 posted on 09/19/2011 4:33:23 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: sodpoodle

Ooops I think you are right one hand is four inches


38 posted on 09/19/2011 4:34:55 PM PDT by tommix2
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To: Baynative

Great story. Thanks for posting.


39 posted on 09/19/2011 4:37:00 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Flycatcher

That’s what I thought too, Fly. :)


40 posted on 09/19/2011 4:38:01 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Baynative; amom
Tonk is a stout name for that horse. Could it be?....

As for Erin, I think I'm in love :) God Bless her

41 posted on 09/19/2011 4:40:40 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: Baynative
“I had no hesitation, honestly,” Bolster said. “Nothing in my body was going to let that little boy get hurt by that bear. That wasn’t an option.”

Can't beat that.

42 posted on 09/19/2011 4:43:41 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('Truth is the first object.' -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Baynative
Why do they call them draft horses?

Because they pull Budweiser wagons?

43 posted on 09/19/2011 4:45:21 PM PDT by caddie
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To: Flycatcher

I wonder what Tonk was prepared to do. Draft horses have sharp sledgehammers for hooves, and a lights-out kick even for a grizzly.


44 posted on 09/19/2011 4:45:21 PM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish?)
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To: tommix2

Yup - I coulda bin a contenda;)

Loved horses as a child - spent every summer riding ponies. It was my experience that the smaller the pony - the meaner they were. It’s a pony through 14.2 hands and a horse thereafter. We just had the one horse. LOL!!


45 posted on 09/19/2011 4:50:15 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: DanMiller
(18*4)/12 =

6 feet high at the shoulder top. Zowie, that's big.

46 posted on 09/19/2011 4:56:38 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew
(18 hands*4 inches)/12 = 6 feet high at the shoulder top. Zowie, that's big.

Judging from the picture, that would make her well over six feet tall...(?)

47 posted on 09/19/2011 5:00:14 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: A Cyrenian

Also great trust between horse and rider...


48 posted on 09/19/2011 5:05:00 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Baynative

True GRITS (Girl Raised in the South)! Gotta’ love them Southern girls.


49 posted on 09/19/2011 5:05:17 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: sodpoodle
It’s a pony through 14.2 hands and a horse thereafter.Thank you.
50 posted on 09/19/2011 5:08:30 PM PDT by tommix2
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