An Accidental Cowboy by Jameson Parker

By Jameson Parker

Not lengthy after Simon & Simon went off the air, the writer was once shot two times and left for useless on a highway in l. a.. bodily, he recovered particularly speedy. Psychologically, despite the fact that, the consequences have been way more serious and long-lasting, sending him right into a spiral of post-traumatic rigidity illness and melancholy. therefore, virtually unintentionally, he ended up in a global of horses and farm animals and ranching that helped him live on

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The brindle, he explained, had headed down into the draw just as he roped the calf. Where she was now he didn’t know, but it didn’t matter, for the calf was hers and as long as we had the calf she wouldn’t go far. The thing to do now was to tie the calf to a tree, drive the mot face down, then come back with a pickup to take the calf to the holding pasture. There, he said, the calf’s bawling would draw the brindle down the mountain during the night and it would be an easy thing then to drive her into the holding pasture.

Moments snap together like magnets, forging a chain of shackles. ” A wild mustang, given to the son of a neighbor, and some essential moments in ten-year-old Dave snapped together so that now, thirty years later, when most of his fellow officers drive shiny new pickups and sport utility vehicles, Dave would rather buy a Doc Bar/Peppy San broodmare than replace the rattling, farting mass of antiquated metal that carries him uncertainly on his training rounds. Another moment: his father, a Presbyterian minister, moved his brood to Scotland for a year when Dave was fourteen and Celtic blood awoke to a passion for all things Scottish and an encyclopedic fascination for the history of that bloody land.

Dal is a far better horseman than I, better mounted, more knowledgeable about cattle, and he wears spurs. My horse has already proven herself relatively sluggish and insensitive to the leg. I wish I were wearing spurs. I wish this pen were bigger. I wish I knew exactly what I am doing here. The pen the bull and I share has a gate which leads to a smaller pen, maybe fifteen by fifteen feet, which in turn leads to a chute which leads to the waiting stock trailer. A ranch hand has been struggling from the top of the fence for some minutes with the latch and finally, in frustration, he jumps down into the smaller pen, kicks the latch back and opens the gate.

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