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No rancher has the right to sell, or own, what God meant to be free. The Range must always remain open.- BBQ Bill Shankelbean , 1855

 

Always drink upstream from the herd.-- Will Rogers

 

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. -- Will Rogers

 

Why should I obtain by force that which I can obtain by cheating? ~ Doc Holiday

 

To tittle-tattle is like playing poker, you win from time to time but in the end are ensnared at your own game. ~ Judge Roy Bean

If you think bull riding' isn't intense, come sit on his back and try on my saddle. This aint for tenderfoots. ~ Clancy Jean Driscoll


There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence.

 

Conflict follows wrongdoing as surely as flies follow the herd. ~ Doc Holiday

 

Don't interfere with something that ain't bothering' you none. ~ Judge Roy Bean

 

The bigger a man's gun the smaller his doodlewick. ~ Calamity Jane

 

You can't tell how good a man or a watermelon is 'til they get thumped. ~ Judge Roy Bean

 

Never miss a good chance to shut up.~ Judge Roy Bean

 

A decent cowboy does not take what belongs to someone else and if he does he deserves to be strung up and left for the flies and coyotes ~ Judge Roy Bean

 

When you begin a cattle drive you can't expect to say you are finished until you have visited a fancy woman and played some games of chance. ~ Wild Bill Hickok

 

Don't squat with your spurs on. -- Will Rogers

 

If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around. -- Will Rogers

 

It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep. -- Old West Proverb

 

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut. -- Old West Proverb

 

Careful as a naked man climbin' a barbed wire fence -- Old West Proverb

 

Never drop your gun to hug a grizzly. -- Old West Proverb

 

If you're riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make
sure it's still there. -- Old West Proverb

 

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction. -- Old West Proverb

 

A bronc rider should be light in the head and heavy in the seat. -- Old West Proverb

 

Broke is what happens when a cowboy lets his yearnin's get ahead of his earnin's. -- Old West Proverb

 

Any cowboy can carry a tune. The trouble comes when he tries to unload it. -- Old West Proverb

 

When in doubt, let your horse do the thinkin'. -- Old West Proverb

 

When a cowboy's too old to set a bad example, he hands out good advice. -- Old West Proverb

 

Worry is like a rockin' horse. It's something to do that don't get you nowhere. -- Old West Proverb

 

Poor is having to sell the horse to buy the saddle. -- Old West Proverb

 

Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in. -- Will Rogers

 

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in
your pocket. -- Old West Proverb

 

There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence.-- Will Rogers

 

Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town. -- Old West Proverb

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