International 2008/2009 ARC Salon
31½” x 20¼” x 13¼”
Limited Edition of 9 Bronze
Let Curt tell you about this piece!
This work came about over a year or more. It depicts an Arizona Cowboy working with some big rank cattle in the early 1920’s. The steer is four or five years old and has run wild all his life. These cattle are real snaky and don’t want to have anything to do with being rounded up and put into a herd. They were mean and wanted nothing more than to get back in the brush.
Cowboys working this type of cattle would rope and trip them. The Cowboy roped the steer’s horns then flipped the rope around the steer’s hip and rides by the steer dallied around the saddle horn. The result is that the steer trips and the wind is knocked out of him. There were then two possible outcomes. Either the steer would get up and be manageable or he would get up and be really mad. It is the latter that has taken place here and the steer has run back up the rope and charged the Cowboy and his horse. The Cowboy has jerked his horse up and out of the way just in the nick of time. The mad steer just misses his target.
This Cowboy’s saddle is an R.T. Frazier from their 1914 catalogue. It is a Ladesma Sterling High horn tree with a fourteen inch swell. This is a great all around saddle, good and heavy, for roping these big steers. His chaps are a full shotgun built by Visalia Stock Saddle in San Francisco, California. By the way, the saddle sold for $57.50 and the leggin’s for $23.50! The bridle is from R. T. Frazier and has an easy type of low port short shank bit. This horse is solidly built, a good usin’ kind of horse. The Cowboy is looking down, yelling at this sorry steer for causing his day to be less than ideal.
Sometimes things happen in life, and trouble gets just a little “Too Close for Comfort”