Stan Immenschuh knew his own mind, but his favorite thing was working on the minds of horses.
"The thing that I got the most kick out of, and gave me the most satisfaction, was working with the cutting horses," he says. "You get them broke and everything, and when you first start working them on cattle and they first start watching, putting their ears on them and making the moves, that's more fun than anything, more than showing or anything else."
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Stan has a number of stories of working cattle a-horseback.
"Jimmy Williams was a real good friend of mine," he says. "I learned a lot from him. Jimmy was a great horse show guy. He had a stable in San Diego County and was training cutting horses. . . . Jimmy and I used to trade out: He'd come out and work cattle on the ranch I was on, the Ivanhoe Ranch in El Cajon, and I'd haul down to his stable.
"He taught me most of the stuff that I learned back then - how to use the war bridle and a bunch of different things. And just being around him, I picked up all kinds of little things, like you've got to give a horse time. I was real lucky to get hooked up with Jimmy, because he eventually ended up with hunters and jumpers in at a riding stable in Pasadena, but he couldn't keep cattle there. He had some good horses and he sent them down to me to work cows on.
"Some of his owners were big in Hollywood, like Larry Lansburgh, the guy that made movies - I broke a Driftwood filly for him, and I rode some other horses for him and other people who were Jimmy's customers. In those days, a bunch of Hollywood people had horses.
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