Sometimes a story you tell on yourself will embarrass you, you have to ask yourself “was I really this dumb”. Of course the answer is, yes…I was really that dumb…or was I ten feet tall and bulletproof?
Many years ago, I worked on the LS Ranch. This was right after I was out of college and I was a legend in my own mind. Probably the greatest hand with a horse the world had ever seen. There wasn’t one that could buck hard enough or run fast enough to get away from me! I was a regular holy terror! A wolf of the world (to borrow a line from a Chris Ledoux song)! There wasn’t anything anybody could tell me that I didn’t already know about horses! Looking back now…I was a train wreck waiting to happen!
At the time I worked on the LS, it was “only” about 12,000 acres. Considerably smaller than it was back in its heyday, when it covered a large portion Texas Panhandle. But it was plenty big enough to put some miles on a colt. And I took full advantage of that. When I wasn’t caught up in the everyday cowboy requirements, I rode colts all over that place. I could not believe they were paying me to do this kind of work, a whoppin’ $700 a month too! A small fortune for me back then! I really only had one time that I regretted my career choice….