14 1/2″ x 25″ x 10″
Limited Edition of 9 Bronze
Here is the perfect story for a cutting horse piece. It gives me the opportunity to go back to the time when I trained cutting horses. As with many of my sculptures, this too, involves a good horse.
The story comes from the book, “Boss Cowman”, by Ed Lemmon. Lemmon handled literally thousands of cattle during the trail drive era and wrote many stories of the time. The rider in this piece is Tom Lawrence. He was the manager of the large Bosler brothers outfit. The horse is “Blue”. The story took place in 1877 in Nebraska, north of North Platte. Lawrence owned a small herd of cattle with the Bar L brand on the left ribs. Tom had trained Blue to recognize his Bar L brand. When there were Bar L cattle in the roundup pool, Lawrence would bet Blue could be ridden into the herd, with only a neck rope, and would cut out only his cattle. He even went so far as to say a dummy could be tied on Blue’s back and he would only cut Bar L cattle. Lemmon said Blue would crane his neck to look at the left side of every cow to see if it carried the Bar L brand. If it did, he cut that cow out, but no others.
You will notice that Blue has only a neck rope in the piece. I have placed Lawrence on his back, holding the rope with a lot of slack. His saddle is one of the old style Mochia type saddle. They were simple saddles with just a rectangle of leather covering the saddle tree, stirrup leathers with wooden stirrups. On Lawrence’s heel you will notice a Buerrman spur. He wears shotgun chaps with nickel conches. – nothing fancy, just functional. Notice Blue’s expression as he pushes the steer, loving every moment! The steer is trying his best, but he will have to join the others Blue has already cut out. Lawrence has the look of a winner.
He has not only done well in training his horse, he has won the bet! This team truly is “A Cut Above”