Fa­vored in the Great Cow­boy Race,

EQUUS - - Conformation Insights -

“Doc” Mid­dle­ton fin­ished in last place. Here he poses in front of a Wild West Show stage set with his horse Geron­imo. Note the Na­tive Amer­i­can roustabout sit­ting atop the “log cabin”; seams where sec­tions of the back­drop join are vis­i­ble. Note Mid­dle­ton’s horse: It is nei­ther a rondo nor a Billy, and cer­tainly not a Quar­ter Horse, but rather a Cayuse—an an­i­mal of mixed Thor­ough­bred, Mor­gan and Mus­tang breed­ing—with per­haps a dash of Billy in it. The Cayuse was the com­mon­est ranch horse of the time.

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