$10 Horse, $40 Saddle: Cowboy Clothing, Arms, Tools, and Horse Gear of the 1880's


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.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Daniel N. Vichorek
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Lincoln, NE
Publication year:
  • 1999


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