The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 5
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The "Rigging" of a Texan
black or white-not orange, lemon yellow, etc., such as is
affected today in the show business. I've paid as much as
$40.00 for a bit. In fact, I've literally-many times---"put
$500.00 on a $15.00 horse." That's just about what my old
outfit cost me-saddle with "taps," Navajo blanket, head stall,
bit, spurs, chaps, 6 gun, etc.
I have forgotten to tell you that the northern man wore
"California Pants" foxed with buckskin. I've seen these pants
"foxed" in shape of hearts, spades, clubs, and diamonds. The
northern man used to often stretch a rattle snake skin over
the cantle of his saddle. The Texan came north wearing
"Levis" or jumper and pants on the same order, but a sort
of creamy tan in color; I don't see that any more-that "color";
they're all blue. For 40 years the northern man wore for a
hat Stetson's "Boss of the Plains." I've got photos of them
on cow hands in the '70's and a photo of "Teddy" in one
taken in '83. I always wore one until I shifted to the "Big
4" about 1908. The Texan wore a higher crowned hat. I un-
derstand that today the "riggings" of the northern man as
compared to the Texan and Arizonian are not so distinctively
individual. Of course, the vaquero of Old Mexico-his outfit
was different from all the rest.
"The Texan" was painted here during the rainy season.
The model is facing west or thereabouts; that is, the back-
ground is away from the sun-east. The effect is just at sun-
set as the sun breaks through the clouds after it has been
raining. The horse and rider were posed up against these
foot hills and I was unable to paint much longer than an hour
a day, because this effect passes so rapidly, the hour pre-
ceding sundown, and I had to wait sometimes several days
for my effect to be repeated. I like to paint this effect because
it is so dramatic, but such a canvas takes much time and
patience; but that's the only way it can be done-and done
Well-the old type cowhand has gone-or is getting too old
to pose as a cowboy and it's lucky I'm no younger than I
am or I'd have no cowboy models left to pose for me if I
lived any longer than I will.
I'm feeling fine at present and am digging in-trying to
produce something. Am going to pack into the hills shortly
-you bet. Have got a cow hand (was one) friend-Jake
Here’s what’s next.
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