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post #1 of 3 Old 09-08-2009, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Question Stupid question with probably an obvious answer

I was throwing this around in my head.
What's the original purpose for the horn on the western saddle.
Was it originally for placing the rope to carry and haul a cow back with and ended up being a convenient handle should one lose their balance or someone not so familiar with riding have something to hold onto.

Or was it the other way around. Something to hold onto and then happened to be convenient to hold stuff like a rope.

Or was it purely for decoration before all the above was figured out.

I'm just curious.
Does anyone know? Or have ideas?

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Actually, it isn't even meant to be a handle to hold onto.

It was origionally just as said - a horn to wrap rope around for the cow workers and the cow rangers and the ranchers to hold steadfast of their cattle, or horses.

They used it to pull animals out of mud holes, water, crevises. They used it to catch for branding or tending to. To help get calves out of their mothers during birth - etc, etc you get the idea :)

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That makes sense! I thought so and somewhere way in the back of my brain in a locked file cabinet I had the answer.
Hmm wonder how they came up with that. I mean it's a lot more convenient that dragging or pulling something like a cow by hand without the extra aid of a horse. I think.

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