The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 53
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A History of the J A Ranch
out their names. Every cowboy has a name for each one of his
horses. Some of the familiar names are Rollicking Bill, Sorrel,
Rabbit, Widow Maker, Andy Gump, Corkscrew, Long Distance
and Done Gone.
The wagon boss is the man in charge of the outfit. He gives
all the orders to the rest of the boys. He tells the cowboys where
the round-up is to be made and goes with the cowboys every morn-
ing on the round-up and after the round-up is made he works
inside the herd with two other cowboys and directs the work.
The round-ups on the J A Ranch are divided into two divisions,
flat work and the canyon work. The flat work is the work on the
level part of the ranch. It takes about three weeks to finish the
work in the spring and about the same amount of time to complete
the fall round-up. The canyon work is the working of the canyon
pastures. It usually takes longer to work these pastures; especially
in the spring of the year because this is the rainy season and some-
times the work is held up a day or two at a time because the streams
are swollen and boggy. When the wagon starts out in the spring
(and fall, too) it goes to one of these flat pastures. In the
spring, the work consists of gathering steer yearlings and shippers
and branding, dehorning and vaccinating calves; the same kind of
cattle are gathered and the other work is of the same nature in the
canyon pastures, but a day's work in the flat is not the same as a
day's work in the canyon. There is so much difference that a de-
scription of a day's work in each place will be given. It will be
seen that the flat work is much easier.
About four o'clock in the morning the cook yells, "All out,
fellows." The boys saddle their horses, get a cup of coffee, light a
cigarette and are soon gone on the day's round-up. However, it
is not so simple as this, if there are a few "tenderfoots" with the
outfit and there usually are at the beginning of the season. They
frequently have a hard time staying on their mounts because the
horses are not very well broke and are feeling rather gay at that
time in the morning. It is a very common occurrence to hear a
screaking of leather, the cracking of cedar bushes, a dull thud and
a horse running with the stirrups of the saddle shaking hands above
the horse's back every jump he makes. The fellow who has been
thrown, if he is able, yells, "Catch 'im, he's loose with my 'Full
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