Did cowboys place their rifle scabbards in the front or back of the saddle?

cowboys_rifle_scabbards_saddleDid cowboys place their rifle scabbards in the front or back of the saddle?

Ken Niva
Winnemucca, Nevada

Where a cowboy placed his rifle scabbard was a matter of preference. I’ve tried it both ways, and either works for me.

What do you think?

Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.