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post #1 of 37 Old 12-18-2019, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Ladies And Cowboy Hats

Wife and I have both straw and black felt cowboy hats. We love wearing them to a rodeo and to a country-western nightclub. When I first met my wife, she was wearing a straw and I was wearing my black felt. It was instant LOVE!! This was in So California in 2000 and a lot of young, and some older, ladies wore cowboy hats to rodeos and nightclubs. For some reason, this has changed.

We watched the entire Wrangler National Finals on tv and definitely noticed that hardly any women were wearing cowboy hats. There were a few that were wearing a totally flat bream hat, but I relate that to a "high style city look". Wife felt the same way.

Both of us have just wondered......why aren't ladies wearing cowboy hats anymore? The exception is those ladies that do Stock Horse, Reining, Cutting and Barrels.

We are in our early 70's and love wearing ours. Not a lot, but enough.
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Yeah. Most are like wannabes. But that's okay. I wear mine daily.

It's a tool. Has a functional purpose just like everything else I wear or use. And I wear one regardless if I'm horseback or not.

Flat hats became poplar with non-buckaroos after the western horseman magazine started featuring Great Basin flat hatters and their gear a few years ago.

Slick fork saddles, wool blankets, ornate bits, reatas, rawhide everything, became very popular. It's been great for the more talented craftsmen friends I have, and everyone else in the business.

I still find the Montana crease to be most functional for me because of how it diverts wind and sheds rain. Unfortunately, it came to be popularized by some character named "Gus" in the (insipid) movie called lonesome dove. Ugh.

I still have an old silver belly hat with a cattleman's crease that I wear and stuff my hair up under when driving through dicey parts of the region. Makes me look like an old fellow (as opposed to being an old woman) and troublemakers don't risk irritating old men.
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post #3 of 37 Old 12-19-2019, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah. Most are like wannabes. But that's okay. I wear mine daily.

It's a tool. Has a functional purpose just like everything else I wear or use. And I wear one regardless if I'm horseback or not.

Flat hats became poplar with non-buckaroos after the western horseman magazine started featuring Great Basin flat hatters and their gear a few years ago.

Slick fork saddles, wool blankets, ornate bits, reatas, rawhide everything, became very popular. It's been great for the more talented craftsmen friends I have, and everyone else in the business.

I still find the Montana crease to be most functional for me because of how it diverts wind and sheds rain. Unfortunately, it came to be popularized by some character named "Gus" in the (insipid) movie called lonesome dove. Ugh.

I still have an old silver belly hat with a cattleman's crease that I wear and stuff my hair up under when driving through dicey parts of the region. Makes me look like an old fellow (as opposed to being an old woman) and troublemakers don't risk irritating old men.
Thank you for letting us know where this "flat hat" craze came from. Of course, we'd rather see a young lady wearing a nice Resistol or Rodeo King straw or felt, but.

Well, me being a former part of the rodeo family, and my wife being there with me thru part of it, we just won't let go of the hats, Wrangler jeans, Ariat Boots and Team Roping buckle I have. I no longer have a horse or competing, but still have two Classic ropes and plenty of pictures of "then" and "now" of our rodeo days. Heck, she liked wearing her black felt so much that she wore it to a family Western wedding (only lady wearing one) and Square Dancing. Whenever she went out Line Dancing, she wore her straw. She did go to a few rodeo's, but not nearly as many as when she met me.

Like I already stated that we did see a few ladies at the WNFR wearing black felt hats, one lady wearing one was standing behind the bucking chutes and two others were PRCA World Champion Buckle presenters after the last round. That was really cool seeing them.
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flat hat or baseball cap wearer over here.

We go two stepping a lot, and have lots of friend who raise live stock etc.... honestly I don't think any of them wear cowgirl hats. I've never asked why. But I don't know many men that wear cowboy hats either.
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flat hat or baseball cap wearer over here.

We go two stepping a lot, and have lots of friend who raise live stock etc.... honestly I don't think any of them wear cowgirl hats. I've never asked why. But I don't know many men that wear cowboy hats either.
Go to a Stockyards and there will be both baseball and cowboy hats. Many cattle buyers will be in the auction area wearing a cowboy hat. At least at the auction in Ft. Collins, Centennial Livestock Auction, close to where we live, they do. The auctioneer will be either wearing a baseball cap or white Silver Belly one.
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Well, my wife is going to wear her Rodeo King Felt the next time we go to Cowboy Church. Perhaps she will start a "trend" since none of the ladies wear one there. She looks extremely good in it. During the summer, if she was to wear her straw, Wrangler jeans, Ariat boots and a black Sport Coat.....she looks just like a Horse Show Judge. Really! My eyeballs just "popped" the first time I saw her this way. One word description: WOW!!!
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I think it's lovely you talk about your wife that way :)
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I think it's lovely you talk about your wife that way :)
Isn't that the way men are suppose to talk about their wife? That's the way I've felt about her for almost 19 years now.
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Isn't that the way men are suppose to talk about their wife? That's the way I've felt about her for almost 19 years now.
Yes, but not all do!
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I wear a boonie cover because they work better than cowboy hats, provide the same weather beating functions and when not using it I can wad it up and put it in a cargo pocket. I also got used to wearing one in the Marines and never saw a reason to get out of the habit. I don't wear a cover indoors but for working outside and on horseback it is the bees knees. I am thinking about making a hel-hat for when I am riding though. I often wear a helmet when riding, especially when not working cattle and on horses that are in training and it doesn't keep the sun off as well as a hel-hat would. If I end up making one I will post here in my journal to see what people think :)

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