National Geographic : 1928 Jun
656 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE I" j-h i; I;;\ :~ " i r. ia~~B ~1~ ;- . i---I ---:I t r "" i i~C ' 9 ~ 81111P18I'.r ;:,:; j Photograph by Duncan AN AUTHENTIC BIT OF THE OLD, UNSPOILED WEST There's naught of the dude ranch or moving-picture make-up in this businesslike tableau. Here are bona fide cowmen, with saddle horses and pack mules, in the working clothes of their hard calling. The day's ride done, they boil coffee, then roll into blankets wherever night falls. SINCE MAN FIRST RODE, HIE HAS STUDIED AND PERFECTED HIS SADDLE To the varied and strenuous needs of the cow rancher, whether riding herd, cutting, roping and throwing for branding, or breaking young horses to ride, the stout, heavy Texas saddle is singularly well adapted. With his rope coiled in front, coat and blanket tied behind his saddle, and perhaps a canteen and bit of cold grub, the cowboy is all set for a long ride. At Fort Worth, mecca for cowmen in quest of equipment, such a saddle sells for $125.