- The Indian and the cowboy had one thing in common, the horse. But
while the Indian taught the cowboy many things, the cowboy seems to have
taught the Indian little, or the Indian would not try to learn.
The Indian was slow to take up anything
new. He clung to his old pad saddle, or his frame saddle, or rode
his horse bareback. His bridle was nothing but a rawhide thong passed
around the lower lip of his horse. he mounted his horse from the
right side instead of the left. The right side was the natural way
for anyone to mount a horse. he accepted the Westerner's firearms,
but he did not want to have anything to do with the cow except to kill
it for food its hide.
From the Indian the cowboy learned his
manner of gentling horses. The cowboy learned the Indian art of "reading
sign" and following trails. He learned to use various Indian signals.
The Navajo blanket was the best saddle blanket. The cowboy used Indian
buckskin for his clothing, the Indian horsehair rope for many purposes,
and the wickiup when on the range. he built his fire of buffalo chips
and carried the Indian war whoop into cow towns.
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][ Horse ][ Signals
][ Trail (To) ][ Wickiup