Let Curt tell you about this piece!
The Wild West: Historic and Contemporary Sculpture 2012
25″ x 28″ x 12″
Limited Edition of 10 Bronze
Here is a piece that takes you right out to the round corral, with a new three year old ready to start under saddle. It is common today to see a lot of horses started as two year olds, but they are really too young for any hard work. Their knees are not yet mature enough to take much work, and their minds as well are young and immature. It is better on a ranch to wait for a colt to turn three before he is started under saddle. This is where the story begins.
This buckaroo is just beginning to work with a gelding that has been turned out for most of his life. He has had a little work but for the most part has just been allowed to grow up. This is one of the few times he has felt the pull of a rope, and he does not like it one bit! He’s pulling back hard trying to get away, but the rope holds firm. He’s got one leg over the rope a bit, but the experience of the buckaroo will keep that from becoming a problem so no one will get hurt. This horse has to get the idea of giving to the feel of a rope, and move on to the same principals with bit and bridle. These early lessons build one on another to make a great finished cow horse in a few years.
This buckaroo is well mounted, his horse pulling hard as he feels the resistance on the rope. He knows exactly what is going on, he’s been there before. You can sense and see the confidence this good horse has in his rider and his own abilities. The three year old at the end of the rope will learn his lessons well. He will be put into a buckaroo’s string once the buckaroo has a decent handle on him. He will then go on to become a well trained cow horse.
I love this piece because it takes you right out to the center of the round corral and into the action. It makes you an eyewitness to this “Test Of Wills”.