Title: Mr. Hydrick, county supervisor, and Mr. Melody Tillery examining mouth and teeth of his mare, which has mule colt. Pike County, near Tray, Alabama. Public domain photo by Marion Post Walcott.
“You say you bought this mare from that old horse trader, Clarence Hatry?”
“How old you say he told you she was?”
“Try 17! More likely in her 20’s! She’s lame in that left hind too… You don’t know nothin bout horses do ya? Didn’t think ta look in that old horses mouth, did ya? Didn’t walk her around did ya? What were you thinking buying this old wreck of a mare? Least the colt seems ok. That’s something.. ”
“Look here, see this? She has a tattoo here. Belonged to someone important long time ago.. Not no more. Nothin but a broken down old girl now.. Least wise she got this here little mule colt. Kin break him into something useful.”