Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

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 This week’s photo prompt is provided by Maria with Doodles and Scribbles. 

Guide for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

1. A prompt photo will be provided each Tuesday to be used as a base to your story. Please include photo prompt with your story.

2. Linking for this challenge begins on Tuesday and runs to the following Monday evening.

3. Please credit photo to photographer.

4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please try to stay within this limit.


The rush of water soothed his jangled nerves, wiping away the tension of the past week. This was his spot. His thinking spot. And he had some thinking he needed to do and fast.

Susan wanted to get married. He wanted to get married, just not to her. All week his brain had been jumping back and forth, searching for the right answer to the problem. He didn’t want to break her heart; she thought he loved her. And he did, just not in a marrying-raise-a-family kind of way.

Sue was a city girl, easy amid the hustle and noise of a big city. He was a country boy, at home under the wide-spread sky, silent but for the wind and the call of a hawk.

It wasn’t gonna work, no matter how many times he assured himself it would.

Back on shore, he pulled on his boots and mounted his horse, turning the mustang’s head towards home.

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Even when it hurts.

Famous Cowboy Horses – Trigger 2-3-2017

 

I wanted to do something different, so I decided to dust off my other love – horses – and see what developed.  What developed is a look back at one of the most famous of the ‘Cowboy Horses,’ Trigger.

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Originally named Golden Cloud, Trigger was portrayed by several different horses over his TV and movie career, including Trigger, Jr. and Little Trigger. According to some reports, Golden Cloud was sired by a Thoroughbred, out of a grade mare. He was foaled in 1932 or 34 and died in 1965.  The different Triggers were distinguished by their marking.  The original Trigger only had a left hind stocking and a wide blaze.

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Trigger

Trigger, Jr. was a Tennessee Walking Horse named Allen’s Golden Zephyr. A Palomino sabino, he was foaled in 1941, by Barker’s Moonbeam, out of Fisher’s Grey Maud. Roy purchased him 1948 and he died in 1969. Trigger, Jr. was mostly used for public appearances. He had four white stockings and a wide blaze..

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Trigger, Jr.

I have not found any reference to Little Trigger’s original name, foaling date or when he died. While Trigger, Jr did mostly public appearance, Little Trigger was usually the stand-in for TV and movies. He had four stocking and a narrow blaze

 

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Little Trigger

There is also a reference to three additional Trigger doubles – Pal, California and Monarch. The only other information found was a picture of Roy on Pal. Since this horse had only three stockings, he is not Trigger, Little Trigger or Trigger, JR..

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Trigger’s first movie was The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938. He was ridden by Maid Marion, played by Olivia de Havilland. When Roy Rogers was cast for the movie Under Western Stars in 1938, Trigger was brought to the set with four other horses so he could pick a mount for the movies. He chose Golden Cloud, shortly thereafter named Trigger. In all, the pair starred in more than 80 films, 101 episodes of The Roy Rogers Show and many public appearances. Trigger shared top billing with Roy on the movies My Pal Trigger in 1948 and Trigger, Jr. in 1950. Roy eventually purchased Trigger for $2,500, later adding the $5,000 gold and silver saddle so familiar to all his fans.

Roy said of Trigger, “He could turn on a dime and give you some change”. (IMDb Mini Biography By: Roy Rogers Jr.)

He also stated “he felt that Trigger seemed to know when people were watching him and that he recognized applause and just ate it up like a ham!” ( IMDb Mini Biography By: Roy Rogers Jr.)

Trigger was called the “Smartest Horse in the Movies” due to learning well over 60 tricks such dancing, rearing, untying ropes and shooting a gun . He was house broken so he could visit children’s hospitals.

For the movie Son of Paleface (1953), Trigger won a Patsy Award (Performing Animal Television Star of the Year). In 1958, he won the Craven Award. He was so famous, he had his own comic book, Trigger, and his own Fan Club.

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When they died, both Trigger and Tigger, Jr.were taxidermied and displayed at the Roy Rogers Museum.  When the museum closed, both were sold.

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Sources :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigger_(horse),

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1022326/bio,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_horses,

IMDb Mini Biography By: Roy Rogers Jr.

http://www.happytrailsforever.com/animals.html

http://www.royrogersworld.com/trigger/

https://rogersdale.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/trigger-and-his-doubles/

Pictures are from Pinterest and https://rogersdale.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/trigger-and-his-doubles/

 

If you find any of this information incorrect, please contact me so I can update this essay. Thank you.

Friday Fictioneers

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He stood in the kitchen as if he’d never been there before, in this tiny house purchased with the last of his bull-riding money.

She begged him to quit, afraid one day the sport would destroy him. That she’d wake up one morning, missing the sound of his boots on the wooden floor.

He was a cowboy, never happier than settling on the back of Bushwacher, Little Yellow Jacket or Bodacious, knowing he was up against one of the best bulls in the circuit. If he won here, no telling where his career might go. Sweat beading the rim of his hat, he shifted his weight. Nodded

Just stay on, he told himself in the second before his world turned upside down. Just stay on.

Just….