Gene Autry's Cowboy Code
1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3. He must always tell the truth.
4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
6. He must help people in distress.
7. He must be a good worker.
8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
9. He must respect women, parents, and his nation's laws.
10. The Cowboy is a patriot.
Cowboy Lingo
A Fork Saddle - A saddle with the front end looking like an "A," no swells
All full of hisself - Egotistical
App - Appaloosa horse
Brand - Distinctive design burned into a cow / horses hide to show ownership
Bull Nurse - Ranch representative who accompanies shipped cattle to market
Calf Crop - Percentage of newborn calves
Chaparral - Dense thicket
Chaps - Protective leather coverings for the legs of cowboys
Chinks - Short chaps, usually fringed & stopping just below the knee
Chinook - Warm, dry wind that originates on the leeward slopes of mountains
Chips - Dried cow or buffalo manure used to fuel a fire in the absence of wood
Code of the West - Gentleman's agreement to certain rules of conduct for survival
Cow - The dumbest animal God created
Cow Horse - horse who has the ability to anticipate the behavior of cattle
Crow Hop - Stiff legged jumps by a horse that doesn't know how to buck
Dally - Wrap taken around the saddle horn with the tail end of a lariat rope
Dunn Horse - Yellowish brown colored horse, usually with black stockings, mane & tail
Earmark - Distinctive cut in a cows ear to show ownership
Farmer's Riggin' - Bib-overalls
Gelding - Castrated stud horse
Gravel Grinders - Spurs with a long shank which drag the ground as one walks.Useful for short legged riders.
Greener - Inexperienced hand
Grulla - Mouse colored horse
Hooks - Spurs
Hull - Saddle
Jackpot - Dangerous situation
Jackpot (Rodeo events) - Contestants pool their money which is then awarded to the winners.
John B. - Stetson hat
Kack - Saddle
Leggings - Chaps
Lineback Dunn - Dunn horse with a black line running down the spine
Pootin' Pony - Spirited horse
Puncher - Cowhand
Ride for the Brand - Being loyal to your employer
Salty - Fiesty
Section - 640 acres & one square mile
Shepherd's Bible - 3 pound mail order catalog
Shotguns - Step-in chaps similar to a pair of pants
Slicker - Rain jacket
Slickfork - "A" Fork saddle
Soogan - Bedroll
Spur Track - Mark left across a saddle from a spur when the rider is bucked off
Stampede - Runaway herd
Stringin' a whizzer - Telling a tall tale
Twine Twirler - Calf or steer roper
A Windy - A tall tale
Wish Book - Mail order catalog
Cowboy Wisdom
Bein' too positive in your opinions kin get you invited to a dance -- in the street,
to the music of shots, nicely aimed.
Cowboys dance every dance as long as their bladders and feet hold out.
Real cowboys don't line dance.
If you can't sing -- dance.
Reciting poetry is like a haircut. If it's good, you feel like a million bucks.
If it's bad, you hide your head under a hat.
Riding a bronc is like dancing with a girl. The trick is matching your partner's rhythm.
A smile from a good woman is worth more'n a dozen handed out by a bartender.
If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Careful is a naked man climbin' a bobwire fence.
Cowboy dress is determined by three factors: weather,work, and vanity.
Ride the horse in the direction it's going
An old timer is a man who's had a lot of interesting experiences -- some of them true.
Some men talk 'cause they got somethin' to say. Others talk 'cause they got to say somethin'.
Never trust a man who agrees with you. He's probably wrong.
If you can't squat with your spurs on....You ain't a real cowboy
Don't wear woolly chaps in sheep country during the breeding season
Lookin' good on a pitchin' horse is for the rodeo..Cheat that sucker!
Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction.
A bronc rider should be light in the head and heavy in the seat.
Broke is what happens when a cowboy lets his yearnin's get ahead of his earnin's.
Any cowboy can carry a tune. The trouble comes when he tries to unload it.
When in doubt, let your horse do the thinkin'.
When a cowboy's too old to set a bad example, he hands out good advice.
Worry is like a rockin' horse. It's something to do that don't get you nowhere.
Poor is having to sell the horse to buy the saddle.
Don't squat with your spurs on.
Don't never interfere with something that ain't botherin' you none.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
There's more ways to skin a cat than stickin' his head in a boot jack and jerkin' on his tail.
Some ranchers raise pigs and some will even admit it. Either way, they're raisin' pigs.
The easiest way to eat crow is while it's still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.
Never smack a man who's chewin' tobacco.
If it don't seem like it's worth the effort, it probably ain't.
It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
The biggest liar you'll ever have to deal with probably watches you shave his face in the mirror
every morning.
Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.
If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around.
Don't worry about bitin' off more'n you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger'n you think.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Generally, you ain't learnin' nothin' when your mouth is a-jawin'.
Tellin' a man to go to hell and makin' him do it are two entirely different propositions.
Generally speakin', fancy titles and nightshirts are a waste of time.
Trust everybody in the game, but always cut the cards.
If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
If you're gonna go,...go like hell. If your mind's not made up, don't use your spurs.
Never kick a fresh cowpie on a hot day.
After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came
along and shot him. The moral: when you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
Never drop your gun to hug a grizzly.
When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.
There's two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.
When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back.
Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical
to know what it was.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.
Never miss a good chance to shutup.
For a good cowboy stew, throw everything into the pot but the hair and
horns, and then holler "come'n get it".
The best way to have quiche for dinner is to make it up and put it in the oven to bake at 325 degrees.
Meanwhile, get out a large T-bone, grill it, and when it's done, eat it. As for the quiche, continue to let it
bake, but otherwise ignore it.

Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world
about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort
of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the
quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say,
"This I am today; that I will be tomorrow."
.Louis L'Amour
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