That was quite a phrase to incorporate into a story. Well done!
I guessed in advance the story would have something to do with spmeone's fear of heights. I might have also guessed that Joe would be the one in question.
I enjoyed the idea that Hoss was prepared to go after both Joe and the calf necessary. However, Hoss apparently saw something in Joe that indicated (at least to Hoss) that his kid brother would figure his way out of the situation he was in. I think Hoss allowed him to sweat a little bit after insisting he was up to anything. That was quite brotherly of him.
I love those brother moments. :)