'Badlands' of Southern Arizona - Cowboys Confronting a Rattlesnake
"We were not afraid"??
Saturday morning saw the "Cowboys" up bright and early and George eager to go out on a search for his 2 quart canteen he'd lost on the chase Friday. Tony lost one to when he and DW ran a foul of the cactus. The boys set out on foot figuring George's canteen had been lost close to the perimeter. They headed away from Keeylocko looking for "sign", the trail left by their horses on the return. At times the "sign" was good others not so good. They spooked Jack Rabbits along the way, and a quail spooked Linus. Not far out, with Tony in the lead and slightly left of the others, some where in between them, some one said, "Rattle Snake! That's a big one! Maybe some one even said, "Look at that joker!" Fact is Tony had practically walked past and near it before anyone noticed it. When he turned to see it, it was almost down its burrow. Don't recall who started it, it doesn't matter every one had a part in it. "Grab it, get it before it gets down the hole, you can grab it, it can't turn around in the hole"….yeah right. No one actually had to say it, we knew it was coming next, but no one wanted to be the one to say it. YOU GRAB IT! This nonsense ended when George courageously after the snake was long gone into its hole probably curl up down in its basement, stamped on the hole and said with a voice laced by the type of bravado one experiences when the danger is past…Get your Ass back in that hole!
This was a true story.
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The Boys had been out foxed by cattle that knew every inch of the range and every trick when it came to negotiating the abundance of 'Jumping Cactus' that peppered the range. Israel the 'Boss,' of the outfit had the only horse familiar with the terrain. The cows split in two groups when they were spotted and there fore split the 'Boys' as well. Tony and George lost canteens in the 'chase.' They found them both the next day. All in all it was a good experience for the 'Boys' and their mounts. There was always tomorrow and these 'Cowboys' had a good idea where the 'strays' would be the next day. In this image George, Tony and Linus discuss the days events.
'You and Me, DW,' Tony pulling cactus needles out of 'DW' with a set of tweezers. This horse and its rider had two brushes with the cactus on day one. 'DW,' got the worst of it when he stepped on it and bolted with Tony in the saddle head long thru a field of cactus. The 'Boys' kept yelling for Tony to jump off, he never did. No one couldn't say that Tony wasn't brave, but with the abundance of cactus all around them, Tony might have felt safer in the saddle then on his but in a cactus plant. Bravery had nothing to do with, but pulling 4 inch needles of cactus out of ones hind area had more than a lot to do with it.
The 'Cowboys' had gotten separated by a chunk of irregular terrain, that was a stand of trees and a watering hole. It was a place the 'Cowboys' were sure the cows would be, but they were not. A fence on the far side kept the boys from riding any further out. Tony and Manny were on the extreme side and had been separated from the 'Outfit,' but only momentarily. Manny hooked up with Bobby and Tony rode over the far side of the hills crest to link up with the boys at the watering hole. All was not a total loss, the horses got a chance to drink and get there feet wet and the boys got a moments rest in the saddle.