Emma Nelson

American Cowboys adopted much from the Mexican Vaquero's. They adopted their clothes gear and even their language.


  • Ten-gallon hats- shaded their eyes, acted as a pillow and was a water pail.
  • Leather chaps- protected their legs from cacti and sage brush.
  • Pointed toe boots- slipped easily into stirrups.
  • Ponchos- provided protection from the rain and cold.

Cowboy Lingo-

  • Bronco
  • Lasso
  • Stampede
  • Ranch
  • Hoosegow


  • Saddle with a horn- this innovation made everything easier. European saddles did not have horns.
  • La riata or lariat- especially helped rope calves during roundup.