Why do cowboys always mount the horse from the left side?

Why do cowboys always mount the horse from the left side?

Oscar Trusty

Alexandria, Louisiana

The custom of mounting a horse from the left side dates back at least to medieval times. Most warriors were right-handed and carried their weapons on the right side. Naturally, they preferred to mount from the left.

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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.