The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944

THE SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL QUARTERLY
VOL. XLVII JULY, 1943 No. 1
THE "RIGGING" OF A TEXAN
By W. HERBERT "BUCK" DUNTON
Contributed By LESLIE WAGGENER
LA SOLANA
Taos, New Mexico
Mr. Leslie Waggener
Republic National Bank
Dallas, Texas
Dear Mr. Waggener :
I want to thank you for your letter of October 1st and
for the check enclosed which pays in full for my recent canvas
"The Texan."
Am glad you kept "The Texan" and I hope that it will
"wear" well; that you will never regret purchasing it, and I
hope, also, that all who see it will admire it.
The rider in the canvas-the model for the man-was Van
Price, born in Gainesville, Texas, in 1892. I doubt if he lived
there long. Any old place he's "hung his hat"-like most
genuine cowhands-has been "Home, Sweet Home" to him.
It is needless to say he's the real thing, not a "rodeo" rider
but just plain cowhand. It may be of interest to you to know
that Van won "first money" in the bronc contest at Las Vegas
this past Fourth of July. The horse in the canvas was "Silver,"
a cow pony about eight years old.
The "rigging" on the horse you'll note is Texas, in that it's
a double-rigged, low-cantled, low-horned, narrow-forked sad-
dle. As a matter of fact, the saddle in the canvas is an old
Texas one which has been in constant use since 1885--44
years. Of the modern, swell forked Texas saddles, I know

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146054/. Accessed August 30, 2014.