Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Eddie McGregor]
I got down, alright, but when I went into the [house?], I expected a tanning. [Instead?], she gave me a lecture and explained to me just what could've [happened?]. I stayed off hosses then 'til I was a little over five, except when my dad put me on them and stayed right with me. I never's [stole?] another ride 'til I was after five, then they felt safe with me handling them myself.
Even then, I was too little to spot a hull on [?] hoss and my dad done that 'til I was seven, at which time I got to where I could put a [?] on any broom tail. Wild ones too, because Bill Hawkins that my dad had running his stock, trapped wild hosses and busted them right there on the spread. While the wild hoss stock was already thinned out in the section of the [country?] when I was at that age, he still found one once in awhile, running loose without a brand.
You see, in that day, critters, were the same as today. If they wore a brand, they belonged to the man who had that brand registered.