Manuscripts/Mixed Material [J. M. Brown]
“I worked about five years straight for him. Going with him to West Texas. We'd trap the hosses in the Palo Duro canyon, the Yellowhouse Canyon, and other places where nature fixed part of a hoss trap for you. When you could get the hosses into a canyon, you could either run 'em into a blind canyon, if you found one or, you could block up one end of a canyon, and keep riders at the end you drove the herd into. It just wasn't hardly possible to trap 'em other wise. I've heard a lot about creasing them, but that's easier told than done. Too much danger of killing your hoss because the creasing place was so close to the head.
“The business of trapping wild hosses goes pretty hard on a man because you have to keep after the herd for two and three days, riding in relays. The wild hosses always ran in big, wide circles, trying to keep as close as possible to their home grounds. This way, all you had to do, was to follow the herd, find out where it was used to getting it's water, and grazing. After you got this, you started chasing it. Once it makes a circle, you can depend on it that it will usually stay right in the circle it made at first. After getting the circle fixed, we'd station men along the route with fresh hosses to relieve the riders in after the herd. After the herd had run a couple of days without rest, it wasn't so wary. You had to run 'em down to catch 'em because they were too wary to go into a trap 'til they were real tired out. Even then, it wasn't easy to trap them.