Monday, October 27, 2008

works for me

photo credit: unknown

According to the folks over at Futility Closet, this is the Lone Ranger's creed, as written by LR creator, Fran Striker:

I believe:
That to have a friend, a man must be one.
That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
That "this government of the people, by the people, and for the people" shall live always.
That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
That sooner or later … somewhere … somehow … we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
That all things change but truth, and that truth alone lives on forever.
In my Creator, my country, my fellow man.


  1. A firey horse with a speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty High HO Silver! Never missed an episode :-) Thanks for the memories!

    High HO Silver...awaaay! The Lone Ranger rides again! where you can the opening of the Lone Ranger Show

  2. I guess that it is really "HI YO SILVER"

  3. I know, I am such the pest... but you got me going on the Lone Ranger.. I LOVED it as a kid. Here is a link to hear him say Hi Yo Silver and his Creed.

  4. Thanks N for reminding me of my grandparents. Does one need a saddle with a seatbelt to do this trick? How do you coax the horse to do this? Uninformed readers want to know.

  5. So, A,, caffienated, are we?


    Ken, I don't know how the various versions of "Silver" were trained to rear on command, but the move itself is at least as old as Xenophon, who wrote extensively about what we know today as classical dressage. In dressage, it's called a "levade," and it's basically the result of increased collection (sort of a "bottling up" of the horse's forward momentum, if you will) until the horse's center of gravity shifts more toward its haunches and that forward energy is directed up rather than ahead. I don't know if this makes sense, but check out this cute Lipizzan for a visual demo:

    I was lucky enough to ride a lovely Lipizzaner stallion once. Not only did I get to try out his piaffe and passage, but the levade and even a capriole (leap through the air) as well. Wish I could say I rode that last on with great ease and grace...