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A Cowboy’s Faith: Collecting toy horses hobby

A new palamino model horse is added to the ranch’s remuda.

“Another model horse has been added to the collection started more than 65 years ago.”

It was a pleasant surprise receiving a palomino toy horse as a retirement gift from the Extension board.

Many people enjoy collecting a variety of items and spend considerable time and investment continually adding to their assortments.

Seemingly salt-and-pepper-shakers collections are one of the most popular, with some numbering into the thousands. It isn’t a costly hobby, but also doesn’t have much end value other than personal enjoyment. Plus, giving an addition to the collection is a simple inexpensive gift that always receives honest appreciation from the receiver. No matter how many “shakers” a collector has, they’re always happy to get new ones.

Matchbook collections are popular among many, even those who don’t ever use matches. The thing about them is they’re typically free from those promoting their products in an inexpensive way.

Cowboys often have collections of both bits and spurs. They can be quite high-dollar and the collectors will go all out to find ones they don’t have. Considerable time is spent attending auctions and searching worldwide locating what they want.

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Of course, there are tractors, cars, and toy collectors who have large investments, always willing to add more.

A frequent issue with hobby collections is that most of them are not organized. Collectors generally have a good idea of what they own, but do not have an itemized list or display. While there’s individual gratification from a collection, others typically also enjoy looking at them if given an opportunity.

The personal model horse collection was started in the early elementary years but has not had regular additions throughout time. Only about five dozen toy horses are in the collection, yet some are unique.

Lone Ranger on Silver and Roy Rogers on Trigger are not commercially available for modern day collectors. While sentimental value is high, the total cash worth of the collection is low.

Certain collectors have thousands of model horses worth a lot of money. They are continually adding to their assortments and travel throughout the country displaying them.

New models have sometimes been added to the personal collection but without dedicated effort like other collectors.

Reminded of Ecclesiastes 2:24: “There is nothing better for a person than that he should find enjoyment in his hobby.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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