My mind was full of excuses to stay out of it. I thought about all the times the cowboys on Chincoteague Island are called out for a wild pony in peril, only to find out that "the big gash on his side" was just a clod of mud. Because of those who overreact, the cowboys think twice before going out to check. After all, they work full-time jobs all day, have families, and yardwork, church and school commitments and more. Stopping their lives to load up horses, trailer over to Assateague Island, unload and beat the bushes plus hordes of mosquitoes only to find a healthy horse can make a human slower to react. I didn't want to be one of those people.