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Western Word of the Week - Cavallard - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Cavallard - a band of saddle horses, also called cavvyard and cavvy. Originally from Spanish word "caballada". The cowboy who handled the horses was known as a cavvy-man.

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Catgut - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Catgut - a rope made from rawhide or natural animal fibers

Other terms for rawhide rope include "gut line", "riata" or "reata" (which is more of a braided rawhide rope), and a "whale line" (not necessarily made of rawhide)

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Capataz - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Capataz - a ranch foreman who works under the manager or the ranch boss

Another name for a ranch foreman is "Caporal", which means "corporal" in Spanish.

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7

Western Word of the Week - Can Openers - #WesternWordoftheWeek

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Can Openers - a humorous name for spurs

Other names given to spurs include "diggers", "gad" or "gads", "hell rousers", "hooks", etc.

A good illustration and explanation of spurs can be found here: Cowboy-spurs.com

Source:
The Cowboy Encyclopedia by Richard W Slatta; ISBN#0-87436-738-7