Cartoons: Horseback Humor

Whether it’s their first time in the saddle or they’re old pros, there’s humor astride a horse!

Horseback riding cartoon

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Horse cartoon
“Well, how’d it go the second day, Mrs. Ebbet? Still a little sore in the launching pad?”
Bob Barnes
September 5, 1959


Horseback riding cartoon
“Stirrups too short?
Vahan Shirvanian
August 15, 1959


Horseback riding cartoon
Tom Henderson
June 27, 1959


Horseback riding cartoon
“You’re pulling too hard on the reins.”
Scott Taber
May 26, 1956


Horseback riding cartoon
“Do you have one just a little more spirited?”
Brad Anderson
May 12, 1956


Horseback riding cartoon
“Your hour isn’t up yet, Miss Pollard.”
Vahan Shirvanian
April 11, 1959


Horseback riding cartoon
“Halt. Heel. Mush. Help!”
Roy L. Fox
February 9, 1957


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“Watch this!”
Ben Thompson
October 4, 1958


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  1. These cartoons (numbers 6 & 7 down) show how some horses can misinterpret a comment or observation and things get out of control. So we learn our lessons in that department, get back on top holding the reigns, and enjoy a controlled, no drama ride. I’m looking forward to some quality horse and trail riding time hopefully next month.

  2. These 8 horseback riding cartoons from the ’56-’59 section of the decade are mainly degrading to women which wouldn’t fly today. Only one had a man as the butt of the joke. My favorite is #5 by Brad Anderson where the exhausted horse has had enough, and the expressions say it all.

    It’s interesting to see how the cartoonists drew the horses, and their different interpretations. I’d have to say #7 by Roy Fox looks the most realistic.

  3. Hello to the past of the S.E.Post. In the nineteen fifties, we would have dinner at Uncle George and Aunt Louise’s home every Sunday. Back then they did not believe in television, so my choices for entertainment were limited, the Lionel train set or Gilbert Erector set kept in the attic or reading the magazines by Uncle’s chair. The attic being unfinished, got either too hot or too cold to be in some days, so the magazine rack was the final diversion. The Saturday Evening Post was always there then, with it news, cartoons and stories. When I finished with the first two, I would focus on the stories: I was never much of a reader but soon found some interest in the story content. I also would time myself on the short stories and found I could read them in about 15 to 20 minutes. And then there were the serial stories that ran for several issues. I let my mind wonder in the wonderment of those stories and let them take me to places and situations my normal life’s surround was not accustom, just like TV does today. In the sixties, it became Vietnam, college and family. Uncle George and Aunt Louise acquiesced to getting a TV, my visits for Sunday dinner became less friquent, and the Saturday Evening Post seemed to fade for Uncle’s magazine rack. Uncle passed away in the early nineteen seventies, with only wholesome memories to carry forward. I always wondered what became of the Lionel Train set and Erector set in the attic.


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