With harness repairs complete and shoes on two of the three horses, I was finally able to hitch up the lads and take them for a spin. The first thing I noticed while hitching the horses was that Horse Bob sure did gain a lot of weight this winter. Heís going to need quite a few spins around the block to get him in shape.
After pulling out of the house, we headed down the Abert Rim road for a little seven mile jaunt. My neighbors were branding calves and had made it a social event, with friends and fellow ranchers gathering with their cutting horses for the occasion. I was tempted to pull down their drive, but then I thought of the effect the horses and wagon might have. I would probably have scattered the cows and had the horses pitching their riders. So, with more than my normal amount of discretion, the lads and I took the turn down the road to the south and did our best not to add too much of the old west to the occasion.