Ex-President of Mexico: Bush Is Scared of Horses, "Cockiest Guy I've Ever Met"

This post, written by Melissa McEwan, originally appeared on Shakesville

He's afraid of horses, that's how much.
Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, derided his political friend as a "windshield cowboy" - a cowboy who prefers to drive - and "the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life".
He recalled a meeting in Mexico shortly after both men had been elected when Mr Fox offered Mr Bush a ride on a "big palomino" horse.
Mr Fox, who left office in December, recalled Mr Bush "backing away" from the animal.
''A horse lover can always tell when others don't share our passion," he said, according to the Washington Post.
Mr Bush has spoken of his fondness for shooting doves and cutting brush on his Crawford ranch in Texas, which he bought in 1999.
The property reportedly has no horses and only five cattle.
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