Ben K. Green, a native of Cumby, Texas, was the kind of a Westerner who almost crawled out of the cradle and into a saddle, spending his childhood, adolescence and young manhood on horseback. He studied veterinary medicine in the United States and abroad and practiced in the Far Southwest in one of the last big horse counties in North America. When he eventually gave up his practice and research, he returned to Cumby where he lived, raising good horses and cattle until his death in 1974. His other books are Wild Cow Tales; The Village Horse Doctor, West of the Pecos; and Some More Horse Tradin’.
Horse Tradin'by Ben K. Green
These twenty tales add up to a true account of Ben K. Green’s experiences around the corrals, livery stables, and wagon yards of the West. Green was a veterinarian who took down his shingle and went
Here are the yarns of a true cowboy for those who have in their blood either a touch of larceny, an affection for the Old West, or better yet, both.
These twenty tales add up to a true account of Ben K. Green’s experiences around the corrals, livery stables, and wagon yards of the West. Green was a veterinarian who took down his shingle and went into horse trading, in what he imagined would be retirement. No stranger to the saddle, Green claims to have “with these bloodshot eyes and gnarled hands measured over seventy thousand horses.” His tales range from tricks to make an old horse seem young (at least until the poor creature died from the side effects of the scam) to a recipe for making a dapple-gray mule from a bucket of paint and a chicken’s egg. So you want to go into the horse business? You can learn the knavery, skill, salesmanship, and pure con man hokum of horse trading here, in a book every westerner or horse fancier should have on hand.
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Really good read. Makes you wish you could have lived at this time, when horses were an important part of everyday life. This country wouldn't be what it is today with out horses & mules, and people like Ben Green.
Nostalgic read of an era long gone but never forgotten. If you have ever bought sold or in any way had horse 'dealins then this is a must read. And if you had a father from Texas and want to remember that quiet Texan drawl and wry sense of humour then treat yourself to a Ben K. Green book. Enjoyable, enlightening, historical and just plain fun, this book will make you wish you had been there. Next best is Horse Tradin' and a comfy armchair.
The humor and overall adventure of the book will keep you interested and guessing every page of the way!!
A fascinating glimpse into times when horses were important in America. I have lent this book to several who have no interest in horses, and they have subsequently bought all of Ben Green's other books, just like I have.
Have a teenager that moved to texas and is riding cutting horses. She sent me this book Because I have been know to trade a horse or mule. could not put it down first book I have read in years and i done it in one day. Can't whate to read his other books.