August 4, 2015
He may be relatively new to the sport, but this steer-wrestling horse works overtime to get the job done.
By Mary McCashin for americashorsedaily.com
Wranglers Gold Man catches your eye the moment you spot him. The compact palomino gelding is nothing but muscle, and 24-year-old Tyler Waguespack couldn’t be prouder of his No. 1 steer-wrestling mount.
“We got him about two years ago,” Tyler says. “A friend of ours back home in Gonzales, Louisiana, found him for us actually. He was originally trained to be a barrel horse, but he was having trouble with the first barrel.
“When we went to try him, they told us he was 8. We got there, and suddenly he was 12. We bought him, and his papers said he was 14. He ages faster than any horse I’ve had!”
Tyler clicked with the palomino, though, and started working on what he himself says was a crazy plan.
“I got this crazy idea to try to make him into a bulldogging horse,” he says, “and it has just worked out great. I think he has finally found what he loves.”
The gelding is 17 now and has been on the pro rodeo circuit full-time since March. Wranglers Gold Man helped five steer wrestlers at the recent Cheyenne Frontier Days make it back to the short round in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
“I won’t let more than five guys ride him in a day,” Tyler said then. “Today is his hardest day of work. I usually don’t like to let more than three ride him. With the steers here getting that 30-foot start, he’s in high demand. I hate telling people ‘no,’ but his best interest is my No. 1 priority.”
The flashy, mannerly gelding is actually quite the easy keeper.