The future is shaky for old-west style ranching. Former Bell Ranch wagon boss Gary Morton is caught in the web of that uncertainty, and is, in a sense, a victim of the times.
The Texans had a horse, of which they were justifiably proud, as his equal in working cattle had never been bred.
Steeldust was a scion of the oldest and most aristocratic of American families, the Quarter Horse, a race who, figuratively, could trace one side of the family to the Mayflower and the other to the conquistadores of Spain.
What is an Appaloosa? To most people, the term has no meaning. Those familiar with the Western horse have heard the term applied to animals with peculiar spots on the rump, and have usually considered it some sort of color term.
Cowboys have a long history of enjoying dancing. In West Texas alone, ranches in the late 1800s took turns holding winter dances “when ranch activities slackened a bit.”
Tennessee is the home of country and western music—the kind of music that most cowboys like to listen to.…