8/4/17

It's a horse! It's a Harley! IT'S A GOAT!


When confronted with this week's Sepia Saturday prompt I thought, "Cows, maybe cows. I know have pictures of cows." In fact I have some very nice 35mm slides of cows taken by Betty Schnabel's father. Cows give milk and eat grass. What's there not to like about a cow? But goats it must be. So I went on a search for a photo of a goat. I have posted a couple goat photos in the past (here and here), but I needed something of better quality. It had to say GOAT!

And then I found it. A very small snapshot in the old photo album of Betty Schnabel's mom, Louise Bigelow Schnabel. A page of photos of World War I cavalry fellas having a good time. But none of them was having as good a time as this fella riding a goat.

Now, I always thought the cavalry rode horses or camels, but a goat was a whole new idea. Perhaps this was just in training. Funds were low, just give them goats to get started. Imagine a parade ground with a cavalry riding goats. I'd give at least a buck fifty to see that.

In the case of this fella I'm guessing his pre-military form of transportation was a motorcycle. During the training Harley the goat would have to do.

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And I have to say—with a smug look on my face—that at least my guy is "riding" the goat and not trying to sit and have a chat with it as the Sepia Saturday fella is doing. I mean, come on. Make an effort. Sure, your hat is funnier than mine, but I bet mine was making vroom vroom sounds.
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14 comments:

  1. Fantastic goat shot! You might win the prize with this one...

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    1. I was pretty darn happy when I found it.

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  2. Perfect match - although I suspect straddling may have been a more accurate description for what your man is doing here. Hope he was wary of those horny handles!

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    1. Yeah, he's straddling. The only way to really control a goat. I do love goats, but they have a mind of their own and those horns can do serious damage.

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  3. You aced this one for sure! That's got to be a regimental mascot too! No self-respecting billy goat would let itself be ridden like that unless it knew there'd be a reward for cooperation.

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    1. I kept thinking I had a shot somewhere of a college group with one but never found it. Probably just something I've seen in the past.

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  4. Vroom vroom! Haha! This has to be the funniest post ths week as well the best match. I hereby award you a Sepia Saturday rosette for ‘best in show’.

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    1. Well thank you. I graciously accept this award for all the Sepians out there...and my agent...and my manager...and my makeup artist...

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  5. I'm trying to decide if the horse in the background is jealous or relieved!

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    1. I remember thinking the horse was saying, "Hey stupid, I'm a much easier ride!"

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  6. Goats are the traditional mascots of the navy. I suspect a kid-napping before the Army-Navy game.

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    1. I had forgotten that. Good old Army-Navy game. My dad does enjoy watching that one.

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