Cowboy Proverbs/Sayings

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I'm having trouble finding historical citations for a lot of  these alleged 
cowboy proverbs/sayings.
<a href="">Horse Quotes,  Horse 
Sayings, Horse Proverbs</a>
Never approach a bull from the front a horse  from the rear and a fool from 
any direction. Old cowboy saying, wise,  simple and true.
<a  href="">Anne  Johnson</a>
There's an old cowboy saying that in his  lifetime, a cowboy should have one 
good horse, one good dog, and one good woman.  A judge friend of mine added to 
that one time saying all a woman needs is a good  horse and a good dog! Well, 
if that's true, I have succeeded.
<a  href="">Stay in the  Saddle</a>
There’s an old cowboy saying that says, “In a  lifetime, you’ll have one 
good mate, one good dog, and one good  horse”
<a  href="">Skip on Hippie  Fashions</a>
This is a story published  in the New York Sun, on July 25, 2002. I was 
interviewed by email and was  featured in this fashion piece. 
So what does Ms. Raine think of high-falootin’  designers like Ralph Lauren 
and Hogan — not to mention celebrities such as  Madonna — copping her style? 
After all, there’s an old cowboy saying: “If you  climb in the saddle, you 
better be ready for the ride.”
href="">Austin  Chronicle (10-11-99)</a>
There's an old cowboy saying: "Any cowboy can  carry a tune. The trouble 
comes when he tries to unload it."
<a  href="">Retracing the 
Spanish  Trail</a>
There’s an old  cowboy saying that “only cattle know why they stampede and 
they ain’t talking”. 
<a  href="">Gregory R. Ford & Associates,  
_"Admire a big  horse. Saddle a small one."_ 
href="">Cattle  Today (July 2000)</a>
There's a lot of truth in the old cowboy saying  that the fastest way to move 
cows is slowly.
--Old Cowboy Saying 
“It’s the last thing you take off and the first thing that is  noticed” 
(cowboy hat)
"It’s the last thing you take off and the first thing that is noticed” is  
supposed to be an old cowboy proverb about the cowboy hat, but only recent  
citations seem to exist. 

_Google  Books_ 
The Cowboy Hat Book 
by William Reynolds and Ritch Rand  
Gibbs Smith 
Pg. 8: 
As the old cowboy saying goes, It’s the  last thing you take off and the 
first thing that is noticed. 

_Cowboy Hats in History_ (  
Cowboy  Hats in History 
There are few items in the history of American culture  that carry the same 
iconic weight as the cowboy hat. It is the one item of  apparel that can be 
worn in any corner of the world and receive immediate  recognition. As the old 
cowboy saying goes, ‘It’s the last thing you take off  and the first thing that 
is noticed.’ 

The history of the cowboy hat is  not that old. Before the invention of the 
cowboy hat, which means before John B.  Stetson came along, the cowpunchers of 
the plains wore castoffs of previous  lives and vocations. Everything from 
formal top hats and derbies to leftover  remnants of the civil War headgear, to 
tams and sailor hats, were worn by men  moving westward. 

Today’s cowboy hat has remained basically unchanged in  construction and 
design since the first one was created in 1865. As the story  goes, John B. 
Stetson and some companions went west to seek the benefits of a  drier climate. 
During a hunting trip, Stetson amused his friends by showing them  how he could 
make cloth out of fur without weaving. 

After creating his  ‘fur blanket,’ Stetson fashioned an enormous hat with a 
huge brim as a joke, but  the hat was noted to be big enough to protect a man 
from sun, rain, and all the  rigors the outdoors could throw at him. Stetson 
decided to wear the hat on his  hunting trip, and it worked so well that he 
continued wearing it on his travels  throughout the West. In 1865, he began to 
produce the first incarnation of his  big hats in number, and before long, 
Stetson was considered the maker of this  newfangled headwear, the cowboy hat. The 
original Stetson hat sold for five  dollars. 

Shortly after the turn of the century, the cowboy hat, although  still in its 
infancy, nevertheless infused its wearer with a singular link to  the history 
of the wild and woolly West. Even after the wild aspect of the West  was 
somewhat tamed, the cowboy hat never really lost its ability to lend that  
reckless and rugged aura to its wearer. 

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