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Horse Tradin' by Ben K. Green

Horse Tradin' (1967)

by Ben K. Green

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Horse Tradin' was my introduction to the fascinating, amazing, and more often than not, hilarious world of Ben K. Green. His stories, which may nor may not be true (but probably are) are gems of Americana.

Even if you don't love horses, or Texas, or cowboys, or veterinarians? Well, if you have any interest in Americana, this book is a must have for your library. ( )
  MsMixte | Feb 17, 2013 |
Ben Green's tales of his experiences horse and mule trading span the southwest and many years. From his early days still wet behind the ears to his later days, Green isn't afraid to relate a tale in which he's the butt of the joke. From the crippled boy who needed a pony so he could get to school on time, to the southern lady's spoiled Easter Lily, the Colonel's Rebel Commander to the painted mule, the tricks of the trade from days gone by demonstrate that looking a gift horse in the mouth is never a bad idea! ( )
  SunnySD | Nov 16, 2010 |
Wonderful window on 'Texas past' by a born storyteller. A 'read-aloud' classic. ( )
  Bestine | Mar 28, 2006 |
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Ben Green has written an often hilarious account of his youthful days as a horse and mule dealer and sprinkled most every true story with memorabilia Americana that is a delight to remember. Young Ben considers himself a razor edged hoss trader, but often as not he's the one who gets skinned. Most of the stories take place in West Texas and around Fort Worth during the thirties and forties. (Green himself today is a world-traveled graduate of the Royal College of Veterinary Medicine in London, which is perhaps where he learned to retain the pure Texan swagger of his writing: swagger goeth before a fall.) In one of the funniest stories he is drawn deeper and deeper into a Southern family which eventually sells him a beautiful black racing thoroughbred--the horse is blind. In another he buys some wild Indian ponies which, unbeknownst to him, have been drugged with sleepy grass....All of these true-swap stories are mighty agreeable, and you can reckon you'll buy 'em.
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