This is a picture of me and a neighbor . I’m on decker flats driving Bill and Banjo . What a wonderful gentle honest team . I used Bill to break many young up and coming work horses . We are in buffalo robe coats. I was working with Sharps rifles from Big Timber Montana . We had harvested a buffalo and the rest was for their ads . It helped our business some. I rode by that spot three or four days ago and thought about it . Then as I’m prone to do , my mind started drifting to horse names and how many Banjos and Bills since then . But I thought about three Pancakes . The first one was an old palomino gelding I bought from Gary Fales in Cody Wyoming . He had ten brands on him including his bucking horse number . F24! Old Pancake was sleeping in the corral at camp . We were in between hunters and a few of us were visiting looking at a handful of horses mules ! When the morning sun hit old Pancake and he warmed up he squealed jumped and crow hopped around the corral . Then he woke up and whinnied . I’m sure he was dreaming of his rodeo days . This always touched my heart . Another one was born on the place I grew up and I bought from Kathryn . He was a big old gentle horse I broke . I used to lease him to Tom Venable for years . It was the first horse Jamie Bell rode when he came over here . Big palomino and so slow sometimes you would need to put a stick up to see if he was moving . I sold him for 4500$ to the Phillip Morris ranch near Clyde Park . The most money I’d ever sold a horse for at that point in my life . The last one was a Canadian colt . I bought him from Levi Britton as a yearling. When I got him home we turned them out to feed . He ran over with the others to the haystack . After we fed we ran them all back into the corral . There were 39 not 40 like I’d bought . We went looking but couldn’t see him . We saw a lone hay bale move a little bit . These big bales I used to buy weighed 1500 lbs . We went to investigate and he was under it breathing his last . We got the tractor and moved it . He was alive but barely and flatter ” than a Pancake ” hence his name . He went on to become a good stout horse for the Silver Tip Ranch . Palomino and white colored he was . Just a little reading I thought you might enjoy .

 

Respectfully Warren