Interesting, tatonka, and it reminds me of one of the interesting changes since the 1860s as well.
Back in those days, cowboys out west carried handguns in their holsters.
Though the dress has changed a little, many cowboys who herd on horses still wear chaps, cowboy boots, stiff jeans, spurs, and colorful shirts.
But in their holsters, they carry cel phones.
It gives the phrase, "I'm a callin' you out" a whole new meaning.
Instead of a showdown at noon in the town square, probably somebody herding on a 4-wheeler needs someone on horseback to round up a few strays on terrain the 4-wheeler can't handle.
The American cowboy, a derivative of spanish vaqueros, after the Civil War gave the western US a whole new perspective.
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