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Cowboy Attire

 

“To the Mexicans the American cowboy owed his vocation. For his character he was indebted to no one.” ~ Philip Ashton Rollins ~

 

 

 

 

Cowboys of all ages saw a lot of country at the pace of a horse every day and that suited them fine. They liked to stay out close to their cattle and they didn’t care too much about where they slept. The land they covered could be as little as 50 square miles that they knew well like the back of their hand, or 1000 square miles that they knew nothing about and had to learn about it quickly. A cowboy’s moment of joy would be to find a newborn calf with the mama licking her in peaceful way.

 

 

A cowboy is first and foremost, a horseman who understands the ways of cattle.

He is independent, knows his job well and doesn’t need a lot of supervision or direction to get it done. The cowboy held a demanding, low-paying, often dirty, mostly unglamorous and sometimes dangerous job, but – though fiercely loyal to his employer while on the payroll – he was always his own man.

The cowboy of today has never forgotten his forebearers and life on the modern day ranch is still lived in much the same way as it was in the “old days.” Whereas the old time cowboy lived the open-range, today’s cowboy is confined to the ranch he works for – a ranch enclosed with barbed wire fences.

The horse, saddle and rope are still his trademark. His clothes and the equipment remain an  identification of what he is and what he stands for.
To the ignorant, the cowboy’s equipment is fancy and often strange looking.

To the cowboy, every piece of equipment, and everything he wears, is practical and necessary
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The Hat  

The cowboy’s hat was one of the typical and striking features of his dress. It had and still has many uses for a working cowboy. It is an umbrella in the rain and protection from the scorching sun. He can also fill the crown with water and allow his horse a drink from it.

 

 

 

The wild rag (bandana)


The cowboy’s hat was one of the typical and striking features of his dress. It had and still has many uses for a working cowboy. It is an umbrella in the rain and protection from the scorching sun. He can also fill the crown with water and allow his horse a drink from it.

 

 

 


The Boots 

These are made of good leather and are calf-high. The toes are either pointed or square with a sloping high heel which helps to keep the boot in the stirrup. On the ground and in the corral, the high heel boots help him anchor himself whilst he is roping.

The Belt 

The leather belt can be used as a halter and the buckle, which is usually big and made of metal, can be used to kill a rattlesnake on the trail.




The Chaps 

The leather pants are used as armour against brush scratches, horse bites and thorns.

The Spurs 


Spurs are the metal hooks worn over the heel of the boot and are used by the cowboy to communicate with his horse. They should never be used to punish the horse.










Cowboy equipment was and still is practical and well-made. His occupation can become dangerous at times and in order to cope with his daily hazards, the cowboy needs to depend on his equipment.

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