Jay hooked his old maroon Ford to the ‘bucket of rust’ horse trailer lined with plywood to cover the worn-out floorboards, picked up his old fishing partner, Ray Jacobsen, and headed east to Hobson. Jay pulled right up to the corral, backed in and prepared to make a quick pickup and head back to the butcher in Great Falls. They sent the steer up the alley into the trailer and that critter made a U-turn so fast that he had all three cowboys jumping for the safety of the corral fence. The Boss not only left the trailer, he left the corral completely. It took a little wrangling but the guys finally had him back and ready for a second try at loading. Ray ran him in, Jay slammed the trailer gate, and the steer hit the roof. Jay made quick work of getting back on the road, thinking that the animal used to the open range would settle down with the motion of the trailer. Wrong. It just made him madder. By the time they got back to Great Falls the horse trailer had dimples all over the roof from those long horns. Butcher, Cliff Crawford, took one look at The Boss and knew that he would never have time for a shot if they let him out of the trailer. Logic prevailed. They shot him in the trailer, tied his hind legs to the set-post in the corral and Jay drove the trailer right out from under him. This could have been the end of a good day, a good laugh, and a job well done but we had to eat that critter. Longhorn beef is not always the best but beef from a guy who spent his afternoon putting dimples in a horse trailer is darn tough!