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Pony Express Riders

Updated on January 26, 2016

By: Wayne Brown

The horse is saddled and ready awaiting me to mount his back

With a short run and a leap to the saddle, we’re off on track

The pony is going at a trot; he fights the bit as I slow his pace

We’re Pony Express Riders; our movements are done in haste

We’re carrying the high-tailin’ mail from Missouri out of St. Joe

The saddle bags won’t stop moving until they reach Sacramento

We ride in relays across the mountains, prairies, and plains

We’re Pony Express Riders, through the snow, winds, and rains

The horses trot, cantor, and gallop the ten miles to the next site

A fresh pony is waiting to repeat the next leg, whether day or night

Arrive at the station, change horses, and off again with a shout

We’re Pony Express Riders, hurried along our western route

Sometimes the hombres chase us; sometimes Indians will attack

The damn fools must think we have money in these sacks

But we always make it through outrunning their weary steeds

We’re Pony Express Riders, moving west as the trail leads

Lying down on the pony’s neck lowers our resistance to the wind

The mochila is packed with mail and handed off again and again

Both rider and horse will go down keeping that mail pouch in hand

We’re Pony Express Riders, gettin’that mochila to California land

We are young and brave and our ponies are the best of the steeds

We’ll ride through the fires of hell and schedules we will heed

How we get through the perils is to some a mystery

We’re Pony Express Riders, riding hard and making history

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @prasetio30...Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. That was an exciting time in America! Thanks for the up vote too! WB

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wonderful poems. You have great imagination. Although I've seen this from the movie. But you brought this into reality. Good work, Wayne. Vote this Up.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...Yep, I am thinking there were some might raw butts until a cowboy adjusted to the work. One thing for sure is a man needed to know how to sit a horse or he would be raw from now on! Thanks for the good comments, Ken! WB

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Could you imagine the excitement these young riders encountered along their many runs. The speed and accuracy not to mention the saddle sores:0) All weather conditions kind of reminds me a little of trucking except for the different kind of horsepower under my butt.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      You know the great thing about's only hardship in hindsight. I use to ask my mom how women could stand over hot pots of water and wash all day long. Her reply is that they did not have anything to compare it was just the accepted way things were done...there was nothing better and possibly some things worse i.e. going down to the river and washing the clothes there. So I suspect many of these riders, if they had the moxie, thought this was a good job and a good way to have some adventure and money at the same time. I think that is the way we endure ourselves to the task. Thanks for the good words! WB

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Can you imagine what a Pony Express rider would do today? Good heavens - they'd be on disability in 4 hours of the start of their shift.

      What a hard, hard life - and what incredibly brave and hardy souls they were all to make their deliveries. And they never went 'postal' (that we know of) on anyone!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...we have come a long way in that 100 odd years. Still, they were doing some impressive things with just horses and riders. Thanks for the read and the good words! WB

      @breakfastpop...Thanks Poppy, we have come a long way! WB

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Your poem reminds me of the progress we've made since those days. I loved the video!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Hard to believe sometimes, Wayne, how far we've come since those days with the Pony Express. Now we become easily upset if someone doesn't answer our urgent email or mobile message within nanoseconds.

      Really enjoyed your poetry and the Pony Express video/song.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @ladyjane1...Thank you LJ. I understand a lot of these riders were very young and lightweight guys who could ride like the wind. Actually, Bill Cody was a rider in his younger days. Thanks for the comments! WB

      @50 Caliber...Arizona must be a metal detector heaven. If you can steer clear of the rattlers, there was be a lot of possibilities in those desert sands. WB

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, we have much of the stagecoach and mail route of the "Butterfield Stage Line" still accessible to travel here in Arizona, I think their best was from St. Louis to San Francisco in 22 days. The route was 2800 miles, over 425 of those were across Arizona. As a kid and still, I like traveling along and with a metal detector one can turn up some interesting finds along it. It serves as a good trail to ride on the horse in fall and spring months. Much is accessible by 4x4 as well. I suppose that is why I like this state so much, dabbling in all the historic areas that still stand and finding things like an old flintlock rifle in the remains of a pine log home near Dripping Springs along the trail coming out of the Pinal Mountains. Things rust here but it's so dry finding many horse shoes and a host of other things that are now days in areas that appear as though no one ever lived there. The old rifle had pieces of wood still intact and most of the hardware as I carefully dug it out of the 2 feet of pine needles and dirt that had accumulated over it. I often wonder why it was there, how it got to be left there, pondering it's history is fun. It's now with the Superstition Mountain Historical Museum in Apache Junction and they did a dig of the area surrounding as well as the interior of the cabin site, I think that was in 1988. It was the last hike my dad and I went on together.

      Great hub, stirring my noggin, thanks, dusty

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Nice poem Wayne it reminded me of a movie I saw a while back about the first pony express riders. Very interesting. Cheers.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @TimBryce...Hello Tim! Yes, I will certainly try to call in and be on the show. Sounds like loads of fun! See ya Monday! WB

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Ken R Abell....Thanks for the read Ken. I am sure that was an interesting drive. The west is still a lot of wild open country. I would love to do just that! Thanks for the good words. WB

      @Loves To Read...It was an amazing time. I think 10 days from St Joe to Sacramento was awesome when you consider it was by horseback. Those guys could ride! Thanks for your great comments! WB

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      TimBryce 7 years ago

      Tune in to hear Wayne on THE BRYCE IS RIGHT! podcast this Monday, Aug 23rd, at 11:30am (Eastern). See:

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      Loves To Read 7 years ago

      More wonderful written verse by you Wayne. I think that we are probably the last generation of the true Western era. Tv was only just coming out when i was a small child and a lot of the programs were shows like Rawhide, Laramie, Wagon Train and the likes. Cars were very few so the horse was the main mode of travel. Thanks for the memories.


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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Great poetry of some fascinating history. A few years ago I drove the Pony Express Trail out of St. Joseph, Missouri.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Zakmoonbean....Glad I could create those images for you with my writing. That is a compliment within itself! Thanks for stopping by and please visit again soon! Wb

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      Michael Murchie 7 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Seriously enjoyed the imagery that you verse conjured up, many thanks!!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Tom Whitworth....Wow! I am reminding you of series that I had forgetten about! Thanks for the reminder! WB

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Your verse brought back the TV series "Tales of The Pony Express" thank you!!!!