It'll drive a cowboy crazy
It'll drive the man insane
And he'll sell off everything he owns
Just to pay to play her game
And a broken home and some broken bones
Is all he'll have to show
For all the years that he spent chasin' this dream they call Rodeo
These terms were developed by cowboys during the era of the range cattle industry in northern Mexico and the western United States (1867-87). Some of the more common ones are listed below. For a brief history of rodeo look here!
Please /msg me if you have more you would like to add:)
Arizona Nightingale: A burro or donkey.
Arizona Strawberries: Dried beans, usually pink in color.
Average: The aggregate or total score for each contestant at a rodeo with more than one go-round.
Bangtail: A horse.
Barking Squirrel: A prairie dog.
Batch of Crumbs: Bugs one might find in blankets.
Barrier: In rodeo a rope stretched across the front end of the box from which the roper's or steer wrestler's horse emerges. The barrier drops when the calf or steer achieves a predetermined head start.
Bean Master: A cook
Biting the Dust: Being thrown from a horse or a bull.
Beef Tea: Shallow water fouled by cattle.
Biscuit: A saddle horn.
Boiled Shirt/Fried Shirt: A white or stiff shirt.
Build a Loop: Prepare a lasso for a throw.
Buckaroo:A cowboy who does ranch work for a living. In contrast, a professional rodeo cowboy's occupation is rodeo competition.
Bull-Dogger:The slang term for a steer wrestler.
Burn the Breeze: Ride fast.
California Banknote: A cowhide used as currency.
Cavvy-man: The one who looked after the horses.
Champion:The winner of the most money at any rodeo event.
Charlie Taylor: A makeshift butter made from molasses and fat.
Chuck Line Rider: A man out of work who rode from ranch to ranch for grub.
Community Loop: An extra large lasso noose.
Coonie: A dried cowhide used to hold equipment, fuel, etc., on a chuck wagon.
Cowboy Up: Get ready to ride. The term cowboy up possibly refers to the men behind the chutes who would bellow out cowboy-up! to the next cowboy getting ready to ride. It is the spirit of contribution, hard work and strong determination.
Crow Hops: Mild bucking motions.
Doofunnies: Knives and trinkets carried in pockets.
Dust: To move about quickly.
Fence Lifter/Goose Drownder/Gully Washer: Heavy rain.
Fixin' for High Riding: Preparing to depart quickly.
Flagman: The rodeo official who signals the end of time elapsed in timed events.
Flag Your Kite: Hurried departure.
Flannel Mouth: An overly talkative man or a boaster.
Forty Rod Lightning: Whiskey.
'Fraidy Hole: Cave or cellar.
Fumadiddle: Fancy dress.
Great Seizer: The sheriff.
Go-round: A round of rodeo competition.A rodeo in which each contestant competes once has one go-round.
Hay Waddy: Extra hand on a ranch used to cut hay.
Hazer; A cowboy who rides along beside a steer on the opposite side of the steer wrestler.
His job is to keep the steer running in a straight line and close to the contestant's horse.
Hang-up: When a bull rider falls off the bull opposite his riding hand which becomes stuck or "hung-up" in his bull rope.
Hemp Fever: A hanging.
High Roller:A horse that leaps high into the air when bucking.
Hog: An expression bull-riders use to describe a large, unagile bull that is not considered a good draw.
Hooey: Slang term for nonsense, as in That's the biggest bunch of hooey I've ever heard!
Also a half-hitch knot used to tie a calf's legs together in calf roping.
Hornswoggling: The movements of a cow, by which it threw off or evaded the rope.
Hurricane Deck: The back of a bucking horse.
Idaho Brain Storm: A dust devil.
Leavin' Cheyenne: Going away.
Life Preserver: A revolver.
Lincoln Shingles: Hard bread.
Lining His Flu: Refers to a man who is eating.
Loblolly: A muddy puddle.
Love Apples: Canned tomatoes.
Mother Hubbard Loop: A very large loop or lasso.
Oklahoma Rain: A dust or sand storm.
Overland Trout: Bacon.
Parade Chaps: A pair of chaps strictly for show. Might be worn for the grand entry parade at a rodeo.
Pepperbox: Coffee mill.
Pick-up Man: A mounted cowboy who helps bareback and saddle bronc riders off when the ride is completed and leads the horse out of the arena.
Pimple: An Eastern (or English) style saddle.
Pirooting: Fooling around.
Pulling Leather: When a bronc rider holds on to any part of the saddle, he is said to be "pulling leather." This disqualifies a saddle bronc rider if it is done before the eight-second ride is completed.
Quirly: A cigarette that is rolled by hand.
Rocky Mountain Canary: A burro.
Rowel: A small wheel with radiating points that form the extremity of a cowboy's spur.
In rodeo, rowels are required to be free-wheeling and blunt.
Seeing Daylight: When the rider leaves the seat on a bucking horse.
Silk: Barbed wire.
Slick Heeled: A person not wearing spurs.
Trail Boss Lead cowboy of cattle drives.
Tenderfoot: What you are if you didn't know the meaning of Rodeo Lingo.
Turn Out: When a rider decides not to ride an animal he has drawn, or it is decided that he will be re-assigned to a different animal, the bull or horse is released from the chutes to make it easier to get the animal back into the pen.
Love them tough-talkin' cowboys? Why, who doesn't! Oddly enough, though, ole' western cowboy slang was a bit different from what you'll pick up from Hollywood productions (go figger). Here's a list of some of my favorite authentic old southern slang.
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros:
Misc: Cool Western Slang: