Beloved Outlaw(Episode 5.11)
Executive Producer Frank Price
Elizabeth Grainger has taken on the task of taming a wild stallion. The Virginian tells her grandfather John that hes only seen one other horse respond to its owner the way Aladdin responds to Elizabeth. By talking gently to the stallion, bringing him carrots, and patiently waiting for him to approach her, Elizabeth establishes a unique bond with Aladdin, who eventually allows her to bridle, saddle and ride him when no one else can. In one scene he playfully nudges her from behind while she is picking wildflowers, and in another, when she is thrown and injured, he returns to her side. Eventually she concludes its best to release him back with his herd of wild mares.
Shorty is kind to animals, [the Virginian] said. He has gentled that hawss Pedro he bought with his first money. Gentled him wonderful. When a man is kind to dumb animals, I always say he has got some good in him.
Balaam accompanied his guest, Shorty, when he went to the pasture to saddle up and depart. Got a rope? he asked the guest, as they lifted down the bars.
Dont need to rope him. I can walk right up to Pedro. You stay back.
Hiding his bridle behind him, Shorty walked to the riverbank, where the pony was switching his long tail in the shade; and speaking persuasively to him, he came nearer, till he laid his hand on Pedros dusky mane, which was many shades darker than his hide. He turned expectantly, and his master came up to his expectations with a piece of bread.
Eats that, does he? said Balaam, over the bars.
Likes the salt, said Shorty, Now, n-n-ow, here! Yu dont guess yull be bridled, dont you? Open your teeth! Yud like to play yu was nobodys horse and live private? Or maybe yud prefer ownin a saloon?
Pedro evidently enjoyed this talk, and the dodging he made about the bit. Once fairly in his mouth, he accepted the inevitable, and followed Shorty to the bars.