Books [Neal S. Watts]
“I could ride a hoss and throw a rope, which were about the first things a boy learned to do those days., but I was no bronc buster.
“There was one job a boy could attend to just as well as a man. This job was riding the range looking for sick, injured and bogged cattle. On Stevens' range there were a few low places where the cattle would mire following a period of wet weather. the injuries were almost entirely from brush or horn cuts which were followed by screw worm infection. Occasionally an animal would develop bloat, which resulted from food fermentation producing gas. I was put to work riding over the range looking for distressed cattle.
“I would leave camp in the morning with a morsel of food in my saddlebags and ride among the cattle scrutinizing the herd. I carried a salve compound with which I daubed the cuts to kill the worms, or to prevent an infection when I discovered a cut on a critter. To perform the work it was necessary to loop and throw the animal. Then, with the hoss holding a taut rope, one must leave the saddle quickly to reach the animal immediately after hitting the ground. There is a few seconds following the fall when the critter will lie still, and during this time the daubing took place. That the animal would fall with the out side up, the rider approached the animal from the same side. [?] the loop around the animal's neck when the jerk took place, the critter's