The colorful, beautifully detailed painting of a vaquero roping a calf as it runs beside its mother on the open range is reproduced in graphic splendor on the cover of the dust jacket of this compelling book and gives the viewer a hint of the rich content within.
Providing a wonderful way to learn about the early California vaquero, the book includes many detailed descriptions, drawings and paintings of vaqueros and buckaroos in a variety of cowboy action, such as colt breaking, bronc riding, team roping, calf tailing, sliding stops, and complicated roping maneuvers and loops.
Other illustrations include vaquero style horse gear (hackamores, bosals, saddles, martingales, tapaderos, headstalls, reins and romals, bits, spurs, riatas, hobbles, mecates, etc.) and headgear used, and the progressive handling of bridle reins in training a horse from the hackamore to spade bit.
El Vaquero is of interest to historians, artists, cowboys, horsemen, craftsmen, and anyone who enjoys the tradition of the early California vaquero horsemanship style. Ernie says, "My aim is to make an attempt to preserve some history of the old-time vaquero."
- Wriiten by Ernest Morris
- Second Printing
- Hard Cover
- Dust Jacket
- 156 pages
- 9 x 12 inches
- 2lb 3.5oz