Horse Tradin'

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U of Nebraska Press, Aug 1, 1999 - Pets - 304 pages
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Here are the yarns of a true cowboy for those who have in their blood either a touch of larceny, an affection for the Old West, or better yet, both. These twenty tales add up to a true account of Ben K. Green?s experiences around the corrals, livery stables, and wagon yards of the West. Green was a veterinarian who took down his shingle and went into horse trading, in what he imagined would be retirement. No stranger to the saddle, Green claims to have ?with these bloodshot eyes and gnarled hands measured over seventy thousand horses.? His tales range from tricks to make an old horse seem young (at least until the poor creature died from the side effects of the scam) to a recipe for making a dapple-gray mule from a bucket of paint and a chicken?s egg. So you want to go into the horse business? You can learn the knavery, skill, salesmanship, and pure con man hokum of horse trading here, in a book every westerner or horse fancier should have on hand.
 

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User Review  - MsMixte - LibraryThing

Horse Tradin' was my introduction to the fascinating, amazing, and more often than not, hilarious world of Ben K. Green. His stories, which may nor may not be true (but probably are) are gems of ... Read full review

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Ben Green's tales of his experiences horse and mule trading span the southwest and many years. From his early days still wet behind the ears to his later days, Green isn't afraid to relate a tale in ... Read full review

Contents

Gypsy Hoss Trade
3
Rebel Commander
14
Homers Last Mule
53
Angel
62
Matched Mares 14
75
Poor HeifersThe judgeWild Mules
85
A Road Horse for a Broodmare
96
Horse from Round Rock
110
Easter Lily
118
Mine Mules
164
When Big Horses Went
172
Traveling Mare
240
The Parsons Mare Bessie
249
The Gray Mules
255
The Schoolmarm and OY Nothin
280
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Ben K. Green was a veterinarian who practiced his profession in one of the last big horse countries in North America. When he eventually gave up his practice, he returned to his hometown of Cumby, Texas, where he raised horses and cattle until his death in 1974.

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