Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cowboys and Etiquette

The wildly popular movie, recording and television cowboy superstar of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, Gene Autry's  "Cowboy Code" or "Cowboy Commandments" reflected the characters he always portrayed: Men of high moral character that stood for everything that was good, decent, and fair.
The Cowboy Code 
By Gene Autry 
  1. The cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage. 
  2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him. 
  3. He must always tell the truth. 
  4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals. 
  5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas. 
  6. He must help people in distress. 
  7. He must be a good worker.  
  8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits. 
  9. He must respect women, parents, and his nation's laws. 
  10. The Cowboy is a patriot.

"There seem to be two schools of thought on handling hats. One school says when putting on or removing your hat, hold the brim near the crown in the front and the back.  Another school says to never handle by the brim, to always lightly grasp the crown." From The Cowboy Hat

Other Cowboy Etiquette?

  1. 1. Don’t ride in front of others. 
    2. Hats off when you walk into a home, bar or office. 
    3. Open and close gates. 
    4. Keep your criticism to yourself.