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ARM JERKER  look up translate image
(Rodeo term) A really stout animal that bucks with a lot of power.
ARROYO  look up translate image
A brook, a small stream or its dry bed
BALL OUT  look up translate image
(Rodeo term) A horse that comes straight up on hind legs when coming out of the cute and then begins bucking.
BANDANA  look up translate image
A cloth made of silk or cotton, usually worn around the neck to protect against winds, rain, and sunburn.
BEDROLL  look up translate image
The cowboy's bed, made up of blankets and quilts wrapped up in a tarp, which fastens with hooks or snaps on the sides. The bedroll also serves as the cowboy's suitcase. Also called a Hot Roll.
BLIND  look up translate image
leather blindfold used when saddling an unruly horse
BOOM TOWN  look up translate image
A town that grew up rapidly, usually a mining town or a town where a cattle trail met a railroad line.
BRANDING  look up translate image
Marking cattle or horses with a hot iron that imprints the symbol of the owner on the animal's hide.
BROKE HORSE  look up translate image
A horse that has been given some education is called a broke horse; a green-broke horse is partially trained; a well-broke horse is well-trained.
BRONC BUSTER  look up translate image
A cowboy who had special skill in taming (or breaking) wild horses to be ridden.
BRONCO  look up translate image
A wild horse.
BUCKAROO  look up translate image
Derived from the Spanish "vaquero". (In Spanish, the letters b and v are both pronounced "b." )A cowboy from the Great Basin country of northern Nevada, southern Idaho, northeast California and southeastern Oregon. Often wear flat hats, chinks, and ride A-fork saddles with post horns and bucking rolls. Traditionally their gear displays lots of silver and is fancier than some other areas of the country. Buckaroo gear and style of handling horses is becoming quite popular in other parts of the country and the world.
CATTLE DRIVE  look up translate image
The movement of a herd of cattle from ranches and grazing lands to the railroad lines for shipment to meat-packing plants farther east.
CAVY  look up translate image
A herd of horses, another term (from the 1940s and 1950s) for remuda
CHAPARRAL  look up translate image
A dense thicket of shrubs and small trees
CHAPARREROS  look up translate image
Leather leggings with wide flaps; eventually the word was shortened to 'chaps'
CHAPS  look up translate image
Long leather leggings worn by cowboys over their pants for protection against cactus and other range plants.
CHARREADA  look up translate image
A gathering of charros combining skilled riding, roping, and bull tailing, somewhat similar to a rodeo in the United States.
CHARRO  look up translate image
Gentleman rider of Mexico. Charros often exhibit a very flashy style of riding and use ornate dress and gear. Jalisco and Guerrero are the main states in Mexico where the charro tradition originated.
CHINCH  look up translate image
The strap which goes around the horses belly to hold the saddle on.
CHINKS  look up translate image
Short chaps, usually fringed&stopping just below the knee.
CHINOOK  look up translate image
Warm, dry wind that originates on the leeward slopes of mountains, usually in the early spring.
CHUCK  look up translate image
Food, in Spanish: Comida
CHUCK WAGON  look up translate image
The cooking and supply wagon used by ranch cooks during roundups and cattle drives. Named for Charles Goodnight, an early cattle baron, who invented the first chuck wagon.
CHUCK WAGON COOKSCHUCK WAGON COOK  look up translate image
also sometimes called "coosie", or "cookie."On the old time cattle drives, the cook was sometimes an aging cowboy hired for his ability to drive a wagon more than his cooking skills. He was in charge of the wagon and everything related to it. The cook was paid more than the other hands because the success of the camp and the drive depended greatly on him. A cowhand earned about a dollar a day and the cook made twice that. Ranch cooks today still command a great deal of respect and many expect a certain strict etiquette in their vicinity.
CIRCLE OR BIG CIRCLE RIDERS  look up translate image
Cowboys start at a point designated by the cowboss, ride widely-separated, gather the cattle, and push them to the holding or rodear grounds where the cattle will be worked.
CLOVE HITCH  look up translate image
A knot commonly used by cowboys to tie a rope or lariat to a post.
COCINERO  look up translate image
Spanish term for male cook or chuck wagon cook.
CONCHA  look up translate image
Silver or metal ornament usually found on tack. Sometimes used to hold parts together like a nut and bolt.
COOSIE  look up translate image
Nickname for the cook, an Americanization of the Spanish word cocinero meaning cook. Also known as the Cocinero. More
COW BOSS  look up translate image
In charge of the cattle operation on a ranch. They choose where the cowboys will ride and hire and fire cowboys. Answer to the general manager.
COW HORSE  look up translate image
Horse who has the ability to anticipate the behavior of cattle. A good cow horse was worth a great deal of money to a cowboy or cattle ranch.
COW-PUNCHER  look up translate image
Also called Buckaroo, Cow Poke, Waddie, Cowboy, and in Spanish a "Vaquero". Terms for cowboy vary with the region.
COWGIRL  look up translate image
We prefer the term female cowboy and the term cowboy, as used in this site, refers to both genders.
COWMAN  look up translate image
A ranch owner that makes a living raising cattle.
CROW HOP  look up translate image
Stiff legged jumps by a horse. Sometimes a bucking bronco who is no longer trying hard to buck a cowboy off will only crow hop. A crow hop can also happen when a horse is trying to stop forward motion and the rider is handling the rains incorrectly. Also known as Frog walking
CUTTING HORSE  look up translate image
A ranch horse specially trained to single out (or 'cut') a steer from a herd.
DALLY  look up translate image
Wrap taken around the saddle horn with the tail end of a lariat rope.
DAY HEARD SHIFT  look up translate image
The shift where cowboys ride to watch over the herd during the daytime. (also see Night Rider)
DRAG RIDER  look up translate image
Cowboy following the herd pushing the stragglers.
DRAGGER OR TROTTER  look up translate image
(Rodeo term) A steer that hangs his head and doesn't run after being roped, many times trotting or stopping.
DROVER  look up translate image
Term commonly used in the 1870s and 80s for a working cowboy engaged in trailing longhorns to market or a new range.
EARMARK  look up translate image
Distinctive cut in a cows ear to show ownership.
ESCARAMUZA  look up translate image
Women participating in a charraeada as a drill team, riding sidesaddle.
FADING  look up translate image
(Rodeo term) A bull that spins and slowly gains ground in the direction he is spinning.
FANNING  look up translate image
(Rodeo term) Cowboys remove their hats and wave them across the animal after a ride. May be considered an insult to the stock contractor as the animal may be too easy to ride.
FILLY  look up translate image
A young female horse or mare.
FLANK RIDER  look up translate image
Cowboys riding along the sides of the herd keeping it bunched.
FLOATING  look up translate image
(Rodeo term) A technique sometimes used by saddle bronc riders in which, to the crowd, they appear to be bucked off at every jump.
FORKED  look up translate image
(pronounced fork-ed - like the name Ed)Adjective applied to a Cowboy that can really ride a bronc well.
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