One night on Rt. 66 in Amarillo, Texas, a horse wandered around the parking lot of a roadside restaurant. When the cowboy eating inside finally caught up with his loose horse, a number of people driving by pointed at the real-life cowboy riding a real-life horse and turned into the parking lot for a closer look. Once pictures were taken, they stopped in for dinner. Bob (R.J.) Lee, who owned the Big Texan steak house, quickly hired the cowboy to ride his horse back and forth in the parking lot every night.