Shadow Horse – Man, Myth, Legend

15 Jun

Long time visitors to this blog have read about the Shadow Horse Gang, a pack of desperadoes that roamed northern New Mexico. The gang was legendary but has dwindled in recent years. Trader Dave tired of the trail and disappeared into the hills of Tennessee. Doc Pete settled down in Santa Fe but can still be enticed into the occasional adventure.

However, Shadow Horse, the legendary leader of the gang, has not given up his life of outlawry. He is rarely seen, but, last month, there were several sightings of Shadow Horse. It made people wonder.

Were there patterns in his movements?

Is he building a new gang?

Only time will tell.

One of the first sightings of Shadow Horse was at the end of the Tent Rocks Trail. After making his way through the slot canyon, he performed the Medicine Wheel ceremony. Using the knowledge of his Indian heritage, Shadow Horse called upon the spirits to protect those who were traveling with him.image-20

Next, he was spotted in the vast reaches of Chaco Canyon, home of the Ancient Ones and the perfect hideout for a gang of outlaws.image-21

It was in Chaco Canyon that Shadow Horse was seen conversing with others who had made their way to that distant locale. Was he trying to recruit them?image-15

Shadow Horse is afraid of no man, but, at Acoma, he ran into conditions that were almost unbearable. It was raining, and high school kids were everywhere. As I wrote, Shadow Horse is afraid of no man, but rain and kids make him extremely uncomfortable.image-16

For years, Frijoles Canyon has been a place of refuge for the Shadow Horse Gang. Old habits die hard. Almost as hard as old outlaws. Visitors saw someone who looked like Shadow Horse in one of his favorites haunts. They did not want to get close, but they swear that it was him.image-17

Shadow Horse may have thought they were too close. It was not long before he fled the canyon and made his way to Tsankawi, a side trail that only he and a few others would know about.image-18

The last appearance of Shadow Horse was at Pecos. He made his way through the Pueblo ruins along the old Santa Fe Trail.image-19

Shadow Horse was not seen again. Some say he left northern New Mexico under the darkness of early morning. Others say he remains in the area and is trying to rebuild his gang. The certainty is that he will make an appearance next spring. Doc Pete might be riding by his side. The Kid might be leading the way.

All I know is that the good people of northern New Mexico need to stay on the lookout for the return of Shadow Horse and the reemergence of the Shadow Horse Gang.

7 Responses to “Shadow Horse – Man, Myth, Legend”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong June 15, 2016 at 23:39 #

    I love it. Pictures, story, the tongue-in-cheek western mythos-humor. I can hear Robert Mitchem narrating it …

    • Rick June 16, 2016 at 03:23 #

      Thanks. It was a great trip. I wish Robert Mitchum could have been with us.

  2. Bantering Ram June 16, 2016 at 03:39 #

    Pecos is also a dingy but popular pub in a faraway land. I thought Shadow Horse might be interested to know that but might perhaps not want to be seen there.

    • Rick June 16, 2016 at 14:13 #

      That’s good information. It sounds like you’ve had experience in that pub.

      • Bantering Ram June 16, 2016 at 14:26 #

        Old place, cheap beer, friendly staff, lots of loyalty. So it’s still around even as things change rapidly.

  3. jcalberta June 19, 2016 at 18:10 #

    Wow … love that country. Like to get down there someday.
    If you ever get up here check out Writing on Stone Provincial Park.

    • Rick June 21, 2016 at 02:19 #

      That sounds interesting. I have to get to your part of the world. My parents say it’s some of the prettiest land they have seen.

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