Dick Pidcock had very disciplined guidelines that he worked to instill in his daughter Gay - steadfast rules of horsemanship - simple, tried and true. He said "good" about all the horses he rode - even if they had to be tied down to be shod - he liked 'em all.
His experience came from a full and adventurous life spent working horseback in the days when there was no other way to get the job done. Tracking fires by horseback, working as a wrangler, managing cattle ranches, riding saddle broncs and packing hunters to the remote lakes and the heavily wooded forests of Washington's Methow Valley near the Canadian border, Dick Pidcock did just about everything in his life by horseback.
When children came into his life, Dick taught them to appreciate and respect the strength, intelligence and ability of a good horse. The kind of horse he rode needed width, depth, strength and a good mind. That’s the kind of horses still being raised at Pidcock/Coates. They never go out of style.
Here are a few of Dick's favorite sayings:
"When the need to discipline arises, do it immediately so the horse understands why, then drop the matter and get on with your ride”
"Don't spoil your horse, and when you set out to do something, always follow through"
"Some people learn the hard way, and the horse can pay with its life"
"A horse is not a machine"
"Never say 'If you do this, a horse will ALWAYS ______'"
"Breed for disposition and conformation, the rest will follow"
"Always turn a horse around a time or two before you mount"
"And, never, NEVER, trust a stallion"