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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 3-17-14

There are all kinds of traders out there and if you don’t believe me go to Craig’s list. Trading has been a method of makin’ some sort of living for all kinds of folks.

I bet cave men traded certain types of bones to use as weapons depending on what was available and what was most needed at the time. Mountain men traded with the indians for all sorts of things like blankets, furs, horses, directions and shelter.

You have your local automobile traders on almost every corner in some areas of your city. Buyer beware, right? That’s pretty much true with whatever you purchase. Most of the time you get exactly what you pay for. Sometimes you get a little more or a little less. But we learn from our trading experiences.

I have bought lots of horses during my ranching years and some deals were steller and some in the cellar. Buyer beware! I recently purchased a ranch horse from a trader. I found him on Craig’s list and liked his looks from the get go. I knew he belonged to a trader and it appeared that most of the horses they had for sale that didn’t have a lot of age and were gentle sold pretty fast. The dun horse was still there as the days past and I missed out on a horse that I had a real interest in, so I called on the dun. I made arrangements to go down, pick him up as they offered to let me keep him a few days and give him a good look over. I rode him on their place, loaded him in the trailer and brought him home. My daughter and I saddled ole’ Howdy my paint and off we went again into a very windy afternoon. The dun is a BIG horse. Sixteen hands or a little taller but built nicely and did very nicely on a new place with new surrounding, high wind and water to cross. He didn’t do so good on the water, but finally followed Howdy across the creek and all was well. I rode him again today, trimmed his feet and he did better than I had thought he might.

I always worry somewhat when I buy a horse from a trader simply because they don’t know a lot about what you’re buying and know very little of his background or any health issues. Three of the last four horses I have bought were from traders and they all were capable ranch horses and I didn’t give a lot for any of them except one and he was a little lacking, but adequate. The dun is still young enough to last as long as I most likely want to be a’horseback. There is always that chance of something hidden away that is undetected health wise that we don’t know, but I’m taking a chance on him as his price was reasonable.

Cowboys are always looking for a trade of some kind be it a pocket knife, bridle, rope, spurs, or anything that might improve their image at the present. Right guys. Darn right I’m right. We just can’t help it and we’re always happy there is a trader somewhere close by.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and remember to say a little prayer for our troops! I’ll c y’all, all y’all. ❖


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