Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Baxter Black - A Favor
Have you ever had a simple gesture of kindness end up unappreciated?
and Kevin had just chased a steer to the end of the arena in a
fruitless attempt to head and heel the crafty critter. James had lost
his hat during the run so Kevin stopped to pick it up for his heeler. He
hung his loop and coils over the horn and swang off. Well, not quite
off. As his right boot cleared the cantle, it hooked the loop.
in a lot of near-death experiences, Kevin remembered very distinctly
seeing the rope around his ankle as he neared the ground. He kicked,
meaning to shed the snare, but instead, he stuck his toe into Buck’s
that split second he thought to himself, “It’s a good thing I’m on ol’
Buck. A less seasoned horse would spook.” Buck, of course, was
thinkin’, “Whoa! What was that!” He spooked and was goin’ flat out in
Down the arena they went! Kevin
did a couple of half gainers and managed to put a nice figger eight
between his boot and the saddle horn!
sat like a man on a sled tryin’ to pry the loop off his foot as he
bounced along on his pockets, feet in the air, hands on the rope,
leaving a trail through the arena dirt like someone draggin’ a sack of
watermelons down a sand dune!