Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

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December 3, 2012
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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 12-3-12


It doesn’t seem that long ago, gentle readers, that I preferred a horse that stood 16 hands or over and weighed in that 1,300 to 1,400 pound range.

Ole paint, Howdy, is about 15.3 and weighs about 4 million pounds and I have to do deep knee bends before I ever attempt to get on him. I know that as we get older we do start to shrink a little.

My kids and grandkids were all here for part of the Thanksgiving holidays and Gavin, my first born grandson is almost taller than me. I thought I was 6-foot-3 and at one time I might have been. Then again, I always wore those high heeled boots. Gavin is as tall as I am (almost) and he says he is 6-feet tall ... hummmm. I may be shrinking.

I have noticed that when I buy my usual 38-inch length in Wranglers that they do seem to wad up more at the bottom. That must be it, I am gettin’ shorter. I could be down to 5-foot-8 by the time I’m 106-years-old. Man, Charlie Brown, that really discourages me! Most of the women that I would be dancin’ with would all be lookin’ down at me. Oh well, I reckon there are just some things that are meant to be.

I can’t wear the high heeled cowboy boots anymore as I have to have a fairly flat heel to get around these days. I had a bad hoss wreck when I was 42-years-of-age and it did a number on my right ankle and foot. The ole’ bone doc says that I have traumatic arthritis in my ankle joint and there is just not a lot they could do to give me much relief if any at all. I keep the ankle in a brace or a wrap most of the time and seem to get by fairly well. Now I also have bone spurs on each heel and not the kind you poke a horse with and they can be a little aggravating at times. Working in the ER at the hospital on marble floors doesn’t help my situation as I am on my feet all the time, but it is something I feel compelled to do and I like it.

So I reckon the next time I buy a pair of Wranglers I’ll wind up buying shorter britches as I must be gettin’ shorter! I don’t know if I’ll be buying any more horses before I retire from riding but if I do it may have to be a Shetland!

I do hope your Thanksgiving went well as ours sure did. I just got back from the cement pond working off some of that ham and turkey and I noticed when I took a shower I had to lower the shower head just a little ... hummmmm, I must be gettin’ shorter!

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c y’all, all y’all. ❖

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