Red acts foolishly and selfishly during he and Tom's various excursions to rodeos. Not only does he force Tom to obey his specific instructions on riding in order to manipulate and trick the bettors, but he also squanders the money he has won with extravagant drinking binges and foolish risks. His true feelings toward Tom also emerge in these chapters. For example, his blatant lack of concern about Tom's injuries speaks to the sole importance he places on winning bets and on his own good time. His reactions stand in sharp contrast to Meo's. Meo cares for Tom's injuries, insists that he stay out of the saddle until a reasonable amount of time has passed, and makes certain that Tom rides gentle horses for the first two weeks of his training.