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nothing-nor of the northern saddles for that matter. I have
not been in the real cow country for 19 years but when I was
a young man the outfit of the Texas cowhand differed radically
from the cow punchers of Wyoming and Montana, the Oregon
and Nevada "buccaroos," etc. The Texan's rigging was-or
seemed to be-more bulky-heavier looking (though it was
not). As I said, his saddle was double-rigged, the cantle was
low, horn low and large, fork narrow. The man's spurs were
straight-shanked, and the rowels large, and his "chaps" were
always "Texas wing" or "bat wings," while the Montana cow
puncher's were either "short gun" chaps or black or white
angora. The northern man's saddle was "three-quarter" rig,
the cantle higher, fork wider and the horn higher and smaller.
The Texan was a "tie" man-always, while the northerner
was a "dally" man. The Montana cowboys' riggins seemed
lighter and more "graceful" in form and line, as compared
to the Texan's, but the saddle was not heavier as a matter of
fact. My old saddle, made by Harry Ettinger at Howe, Mon-
tana, weighs 50 pounds. Now, the buccaroo of Oregon and
northern Nevada (as I knew him), his saddle was a "center
fire," round-skirted affair. The Texan snorted at the buccaroo's
outfit and yet the buccaroo did not cut his horse in two as
would naturally be supposed-for his horse and his outfit
"busted" the [biggest] beeves in the world (when these cattle
were strong enough to weather the northern winters in the John
Day Valley, they grew big and husky). The buccaroo used
the longest rope I've ever seen "handled"-60 feet, and it was
a raw-hide riata, while the Montana man's was a "Tom Horn"
rope and was 40-foot. As I recall the Texan's was a 40-foot,
too. The buccaroo did not wear chaps but "chincada'ros," a
sort of chap that came just below the boot tops and were
open in the back; the sides were attached by strings of elk
The northern man's rigging (in my time) was fancier
than the Texan's-with the exception of bit and spurs. In
my day the cow boy was a proud cock and took much pride in
his outfit-in fact spending his all on good (the best to be
had) hats, boots, saddle, blanket, spurs, (spots on head stall,
conchas on saddle being solid silver) being hand forged and
inlaid or overlaid with silver or gold. But in my day no cow
hand wore any cheap finery and angora chaps were either
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