A True Horseman

Larry never came across as a big softy but he had a special place in is heart for horses. He had one that was bad off with a bad leg. The vet told Larry that it may just be better to put that horse down. Larry said “let me think about it for a few days”. The vet came back out to the ranch and Larry had made a lift and harness to put the horse into after the surgery. He moved all the stuff he needed to the back barn and made camp. The vet looked around and told Larry, “Well I take it I am going to fix that horses leg”. Larry just looked over and smiled. For days after that, Larry stayed at the back barn and did not even come out to “Larry ’round”. I’d sneek up to check on them and find them sleeping in the hay together. Now some time later this same horse that the vet and others wanted to put down had been working with Larry. They rode up to the house and Larry told me “I’ll be back”. I asked when? “Do not know now”. Where you going? “Where the trail takes us”. Off they went. Some time later, they came back and Larry told me we are ready! I said “We are?” He just laughed at me. The next day, Larry told me to get the horse trailer ready for a show. I asked him “which horse are we sending?” He just smiled and said “get it ready”. So I did. That weekend Larry took off to a show with...

Snow on the Bartree

One year it snowed big time on the Bar Tree. It was a cold night and white all around. We where up in the back barn keeping an eye on a horse that was in labor. Sometime later the colt came int the world and the steam rose up off his coat in the cold air. For some time, two men just looked on with no words and watched life start in front of us. The next day, we turned Mama and baby out to the big round pin and watched the baby play in the snow. Contributed by Curtis...

The Whip

Larry had a big long whip he used to train horses. He loved to crack the whip and get their attention in class. He only did it a few times from the back of a horse. He trained one to stand up on his hind legs as Larry cracked the whip in the air. It looked like something out of a movie. Contributed by Curtis...

The Cement Pond

The BarTree had a big in-ground pool that had been left alone for years. Larry and I would go fishing around the place and catch big bass. What we did not need to eat, we put in the pool for later. I always knew Larry Had some thing to eat around the place. All he had to do was fish in the “cement pond” for dinner. Contributed by Curtis...

The Big Hunt

The Bartree had a few Bucks hiding around the place so some friends finally talked Larry into letting them come up and hunt some deer. His friends get up to the Bartree and start pulling out gear. Larry looks over at me and tells me the deer maybe in trouble. I just laughed. They are getting ready and go so far as to spray deer scent all over and tell us all about how they love to hunt first light, so we all call it a night. They get up at like 4 or 4:30am, get all there gear on, load up the truck and drive further back on the property. As we watch them go, Larry and I bust out with laughter. The deer know what time of year it is and when they started that truck, every deer for miles around just bolted across the river or some place. They came back about 9 or 10 and told us the winds are working against them. That night, about sunset, they took off to go hunt, started the truck, and drove back to the great hunt. No deer that night. They gave up, called it a trip and took off for home that night. The next morning Larry and I walk back to the back barn to feed the horse and see the deer around the back barn. That was the one and only hunt on the Bartree by any one but Larry. Contributed by Curtis...

Gun Fire at the Boat Launch

On a good Saturday night or weekend, the old Boat launch would turn in to a party spot. For the most part, Larry would let people be but when the gun fire would start, Larry would go on recon and see what they were up to. Sometimes if he did not like the way people were shooting, Larry would let a few rounds go off with the canon load of black powder. On this particular night, we had a mess of misfits at the boat launch. Larry came back and told me to load up. We got our plan together – Larry took off toward the river and I went the other way to the sand pits. Now I set my guns across in a few spots and Larry did the same. I hear Larry yell out after them “It is time for you all to go” and then empty out a full clip. Now I cannot understand what is being said back and forth, but Larry fires off a few rounds. I hear the ones at the boat launch fire off a few rounds and Larry opens fire. I do the same from 4 or 5 different spots back to back. Now Larry and I were shooting in to the ground, and we made a lot of smoke and noise. As the gun fire stopped the trucks and cars took off. Now about 30 minutes later, a cop car comes driving back. Larry walks down to the gate to talk to him and come backs laughing his butt off. The group that took off told the cops that there was...

The Black-Out Ride

Larry let a lot of stuff go on along the river and for some reason, people like to cut the fence and camp on the Bartree property down the river’s edge. Larry would let them stay and make it a point to go walk down in the AM and tell them to clean up and get out. Now,If they were raising hell and making a lot of noise, that was different. Larry would do his recon,  go back to his camp house and saddle up his big black horse. He would deck out in his horseman gear and then ride through the campers campsite and scare them to death.  It’s funny how a fire can cast a shadow on a tent that will make you think you are seeing things and I bet the boss did not help. This one time, Larry rides through and the campers are not phased at all. Not to be taken lightly, Larry comes around, pulls his black powder guns and opens fire as he runs through the camp site on horse back. This group left so fast the only thing they took was them. They left food, beer, tents and all. Well, They stopped down the road and tried to find some one to go back and get their stuff, but Curtis (that’s me) had moved along side of them in the sand pits and I let my guns rip. We never saw them again.     Contributed by Curtis Dalton...

The Car Chase on the Bartree Ranch

To start this story off, Larry had my Dodge Aspen Police interceptor – “Curtis built” with 318 holley, 4 barrel carburetor with A/C Ram air and a 411 rear-end.        Now for a bit of back ground, Larry got to the bar tree and it had sat for years.  The locals had taking it over! Larry was the front line. Now as Larry tells it, it was late at night and he woke up to some one flying though the ranch in a truck going toward the front gate. Larry had the gate locked. He jumped up and grabbed his black powder 45s , leaped into the car and tore off after them. He cut them off and came across the hood with his guns pointed at this truck, as a girl screams out “LARRY” Larry don’t shout us! Come to find out she was some girl that had a horse there once and was just showing her friend around. They never came back at night!   Contributed by Curtis...

GQ Cityboy and Horseman

 Larry called me and asked if I had time to come give him a hand. Now this was back in the Bartree days and if Larry called, it was a job! I showed up and Larry was rigged up with a truck and house trailer. We set off to some “place”, with Larry driving.   You never knew where you where half the time. He put a new meaning on back roads! We ended up at some ranch and there were a few houses and a round pin. Folks see the trailer and go nuts!!! Larry being Larry, he whips the truck in there and backs up to the gate. We get out of the truck and Larry is “Larry’ed” up and I’m there with long hair in a mullet, cut jeans and a tee shirt. We go over and talk to this group of men and they tell Larry ” yep that’s the colt “. Larry walks over to the truck and gets his rope. In the mean time, the men are getting a good seat for this show! Larry and all talk over the plan as I am watching this colt and mamma mare, buck and kick all around the pin. Larry ties the rope off to the trailer and we walk out in to this pin and run this colt up in to the trailer like pro’s! The men are in total shock as Larry walks over and shakes his hand. We drive off in a cloud of dust. As we pull down the drive way, Larry looks at me and tells me ” Well that went better then I was...

BarTree Isms

Larry always had a special something to say about the going’s on in the world… pizza That girl would eat pizza with a fork – Larry Hoover bootsnsaddles Boots n saddles at 6:03! – Larry Hoover morehorse Be careful not to call up more horse than you can ride – Larry Hoover (artwork by VH) bartreetshirtifyourhorse If your horse is doing what he wants to, Ya’ll are using the wrong brain – Larry Hoover bartreecampfire Original graphic for the Larry’s first website. He wanted something that reminded him of camping...