The Little Bay Bronc



by  Steve Boscamp 
I have a story to relate to that bronc horse story. I grew up across the road from Tony Kunitz in Sinton He was my neighbor. I read a story that you had wrote about him and his ranch out in west Texas.

 

I had a little bronc bay horse that would buck hard every now and then. I called him Little Willie.
 He was given to me to ride one day when I went to help some boys in Skidmore. I went to help work some cows. He bucked off across a plowed field when I girted him up. They went out and roped him and brought him back to me. They were all in on it cause they were all snickering. I got me a deep seat and rode hard him hard all day. He was about a 3 year old then, other than being small, was a good ride. I told them boys that all he needed was some wet saddle blankets. 
The guy who owned him, had picked up a lease ranch that had 2 colts on it. He had a guy from Skidmore trying to break both of them. Little Willie had a bad sandburn on his hip. Come to find out, all these boys and that wild horse fighter had all tried to ride him and had all been bucked off. They knew I could cowboy so they had told me to show up with just my gear, and they had the ride. That guy gave that little horse to me cause he wanted to sell him, but didn’t want to have to try to ride him again. He said to just come and help them work cattle when they needed help. That little horse was pretty fast. This was way back in 1985 or so.
One day latter on, one of the Dad’s had bought his son a black calf horse, that was “owned by Roy Cooper when he won the World”. They were talking about how fast he was. Now I didn’t have much money at all back in them days. But I put together what I had and bet them that Little Willie could take that black Roy Cooper calf horse. We marked out a distance in that plowed field and they started us. I’m telling you, there was some disappointed fellas and a shore disappointed father when little Willie took that black Roy Cooper calf horse. 
I kept little Willie and rode him a lot when I was cowboying for the Griffith Ranch. He was slick in a set of working pens. Slide right up to a gate, side step out of the way, and spin around to close it. He never got tangled up either. That wild horse fighter had tied him in the bar ditches to graze, to keep down the feed bill while he was trying to figure out how to ride him and collect his riding pay.
 I’d rope whatever came my way and pitch the slack and let him take the jerk. Never got him jerked down either. He could sure handle a rope. But he was broncy. I would ride him everyday for several weeks and he would buck around every morning. But he wasn’t counterfeit. He wouldn’t buck anymore that day.
 I roped a big runaway steer one time. That little horse would run right up on their left hip. Almost too close. That runaway steer fell & we went down too. I slammed the ground pretty hard and busted some ribs.
 After I got healed up, one day we went to catch some cattle. It was the first time I had rode Little Willie since that he had fallen with me.  I took off after a runaway bull. When we ran up on him, he felt me stand up to pitch my loop. He went to bucking. He had never done that during the day. I guess he remember that when I had stood up to rope that steer that fell jerked me down.
 I was up at the Beeville Sale barn one day and the guy who was managing it asked me if we had any good ranch horses for sale. I said yeah, I have one. Damn good little ranch horse. But he has a little buck to him. He told me, hell I got some boys who can ride a bucking horse. I made the deal and got paid. Later on, I saw that ole boy and he told me “Damn! That little horse can buck!” HaHaHa! I asked him later on if he still had him. He said that he was shipped out to West Texas on a big ranch with plenty of rocks. Little Willie had those hard black hooves that never chipped. He said he was a damn good cowhorse.   Little Willie…..If we weren’t always so broke, I would have liked to had a picture of me mounted on him.

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