It’s the horses, stupid

by Andrea Elizabeth

“It’s the ‘blank’ (economy), stupid” was coined by James Carville, who will here represent the Louisiana French influence in Texas.

The Spanish brought the horses, whom the Indians adopted. They also invented horse powered cattle ranching, the biggest stereotype people have about Texas. The original Texas white settlers were farmers and brought slaves to harvest cotton fields. Texas is still a huge producer if not the number 1 producer of cotton in the U.S. Cowboy ranching in west Texas developed later. Now there’s a big English Dressage contingent in our area 30 miles west of Fort Worth, which is where the west beings, aka Cowtown. But the most famous dressage horses are the Spanish Lipizzaner Stallions – so there.