Horse Thieves in Central Kansas

One central Kansas homesteader’s prize horse was never stolen, though horse thieves tried through the years.

| Good Old Days

Horse thieves were as common as coyotes in central Kansas when my parents lived there in a dugout on their Kansas homestead. My father had an especially fine horse called Bim, which he had trained so that no one except my father could catch him. For safety, Bim was turned out to pasture every night.

One night when my parents were returning from a dance, they saw two men on horses down the road. As they came closer they could see one horse wearing a cloth with holes cut out to look like spots, and the second horse was covered with a dark cloth. Were these men horse thieves? Had they caught Bim?

When they arrived home, a whistle brought Bim to the barn.

He was safe.

But the next day a neighbor came for help. He had lost his last two horses.

Bim was never stolen, although several times thieves tried to catch him.

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