$10 Horse, $40 Saddle

$10 Horse, $40 Saddle

by Don G. Rickey Jr., Daniel N. Vichorek
     
 

The cowboy of the open western range flourished from 1865 to about 1885. Despite his brief heyday, he made a permanent impression that has been perpetuated by dime novels, wild west shows, and horse operas. But the picture portrayed in popular media is often historically incorrect. Don Rickey Jr. relied on the last of the real cowboys—old-time rawhiders who… See more details below

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The cowboy of the open western range flourished from 1865 to about 1885. Despite his brief heyday, he made a permanent impression that has been perpetuated by dime novels, wild west shows, and horse operas. But the picture portrayed in popular media is often historically incorrect. Don Rickey Jr. relied on the last of the real cowboys—old-time rawhiders who scoffed at the phoniness of their media image—to put the record straight. $10 Horse, $40 Saddle, based on the author’s personal acquaintance with cowboys, describes "the clothes they wore, the gear they used, the arms they carried, and the trappings and tools of their calling." The book provides a wealth of information about cowpoke dress, from Stetsons and unfancy dark shirts to boots and underwear. It includes illustrations of the guns, ropes, and saddles that enabled cowboys to do their unromantic work. Rickey never stints on detail, even noting how the men rid their blankets of lice (by placing them on anthills). $10 Horse, $40 Saddle is an entertaining narrative that corrects misconceptions about cowboys and offers an authentic look at the Old West.

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Editorial Reviews

American West
"Although cowboy haberdashery and hardware have received a healthy share of previous attention, Rickey’s work is definitive and leaves no margin for improvement."—American West
Booknews
Reprint of a 1976 book (Old Army Press), with a new introduction by Daniel N. Vichorek. This book introduces the reader both to the life and to the gear of the authentic 1880s cowboy, using information gathered from interviews with men who actually rode the range. Trying to correct some misconceptions surrounding the cowboy that have been prevalent in modern media, Rickey, also author of , describes their clothes (hats, coats, pants, gloves, chaps, even underwear), arms and equipment (guns, ropes, bed rolls), and gear (saddles, bridles, brands), incorporating dozens of sketches by Dale Crawford. 10x7<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803289772
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
131
Product dimensions:
9.96(w) x 6.98(h) x 0.32(d)

Meet the Author

Don Rickey Jr. also wrote the classic 40 Miles a Day on Beans and Hay. Daniel N. Vichorek is the author of several books on the American West, including Montana’s Cowboys: Living the Heritage.

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