Why did the three “Outlaw Cowboys” from your May 2012 issue tuck one pant leg into their boots?
Baker City, Oregon
No one knows why these particular fellows chose to pose in this way, but if you ask a cowboy, he’ll probably tell you the tucking was a signal of how many cows a man owned. I’ve read that one pant leg partially tucked in indicted 25 critters, one leg completely tucked in meant 50, one and a half legs, 75 and more than 100 would tuck in both legs.
William Backues of the A.O. Anderson cattle ranch did it for that reason, but his granddaughter recalled he also tucked in the one pant leg so he could safely get down from the saddle.