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Thread #10416   Message #4130593
Posted By: GUEST,Dale Page, Cowboy Poet
31-Dec-21 - 11:12 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Last Wagon (Foster/Critchlow)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Last Wagon (Foster/Critchlow)
The Spanish word, "remuda," is indeed the missing word, as Sandy Paton suggested. To Sandy: The verb "to jingle" has nothing to do with noises made by saddled horses. To "jingle" or "jingle up" the horses means that one or more riders rounded up the night-herded horses, probably before daylight, and drove them to the wagon for selection and saddling by each individual cowboy. Saddled horses would NOT be turned loose and require jingling. According to Ramon F. Adams in his "Cowboy Dictionary", a "jingler" is "a horse wrangler" and "jingling" is "a wrangler's term for rounding up the horse band."

From my poem, "Jenny's Colt":

...It's not long 'til I spot the remuda.
Like good troops, they line up and they go
To the headquarters, bucking and kicking.
And then Jenny's colt nickers, "Hello"...

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