My kind of cowboy

 Rancher Robert Borb did the logical thing when he saw the fleeing bicycle thief. He chased him down on horseback and lassoed him, then held him securely until police arrived. (Photograph: David Stepp) Rancher Robert Borb did the logical thing when he saw the fleeing bicycle thief. He chased him down on horseback and lassoed him, then held him securely until police arrived. (Photograph: David Stepp) Rancher Robert Borb did the logical thing when he saw the fleeing bicycle thief. He chased him down on horseback and lassoed him, then held him securely until police arrived. (Photograph: David Stepp)

Rancher Robert Borb did the logical thing when he saw the fleeing bicycle thief. He chased him down on horseback and lassoed him, then held him securely until police arrived. (Photograph: David Stepp)

Friday morning in Eagle Point, Ore., a thief took a liking to a bike in the rack outside a Walmart store. As he raced away on the stolen bike, the bike’s owner and several other people tried to chase him down and failed.

As luck would have it, a local rancher named Robert Borb was in the parking lot with his horse trailer and saw the incident. He did what came naturally. He got his horse out of the trailer, mounted up, and chased down and lassoed the fleeing thief. I’m disappointed he didn’t then leap off his horse, grab three of the man’s four limbs, and throw a couple of half hitches on them with a piggin’ string. I guess leaving him on the ground clutching a tree with the rope holding one leg was sufficient. Note the well-trained horse has backed up enough to keep the rope taut.

Thank you, Mr. Borba. You’re a wonderful example of a good citizen. Have you considered giving the local cops some roping lessons? Obviously effective on fleeing criminals, and a lot less lethal than guns or Tasers.

See The Guardian’s “Rancher on horseback lassoes would-be bike bandit in Walmart parking lot” for more.



Categories: Society

19 replies

  1. Why would the local cops want something LESS lethal? Most would probably want a sub-machine gun instead of a Taser. I know that I would, and at three years old, I’m pretty sure I have the same mentality of most cops…
    😛

  2. Thank The Good Lord for the real cowboy. They were useful back then and they are useful now!

  3. Such a great story. The Houston police and local Sheriifs have found that mounted patrols are effective, calming, and people love it. (and sadly now the horses have to have riot helmets and gear, too. but they and the dogs are the best route for “gently” ending many situations)

    • I knew that was why they use horses in NYC. Didn’t realize they were used in Houston. But I always get nervous seeing shod horses galloping on asphalt, regardless of what special shoes they might have.

      • We’ve had HPD horse patrol as far back as the 50’s that I remember. I thought all the cities did, although it just seemed normal as a “cowboy” horse-minded area. For a long time the stables were by Memorial Park ( the big one where they used to let you rent horses and go on trails there). You could go by and watch the police horses in training. A local stable offered hayrides for parties in the area. That’s very expensive property now and is covered with close to downtown town houses. Some of the businesses have horse watering stations downtown and around the city. The mounted patrols offer an elevated view and do seem to hold crime down. And who doesn’t like horses…they let you pet them.

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