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Baxter Black

Baxter Black is a cowboy poet, author, vaquero philosophizer, left-handed roper and former large animal veterinarian.

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Rarely do I hear a bad mule story, especially in conversations comparing mules to horses. Mules are held up most often as having common sense, calmness in a wreck, not having a sense of humor, and sleight of hand (or hoof) tricks.

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It was a Colorado winter afternoon when the boys spotted a big cross-bred cow wobblin’ along with her calf trailing behind and a prolapse as big as an army-issue duffle bag.

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It had been a long day for Steffan. Frozen pipes, touchy tractors, cranky cows and a stuffy nose. A headache had kept him banging his head against the wall from 6 a.m. to sundown.

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So there I was, changing planes in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. A 20-something lady looked up and said, “Well, it’s good to see a cowboy again.”

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Somewhere in the annals of land-grant colleges, the ag departments converted from offering a degree in animal husbandry to a degree in animal science.

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I was explaining about pregnancy testing to a young veterinary student. She plunged her arm into the cow and palpated.

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