It's the man that's the cowhand, not the outfit he wears.
You can judge a man by the hoss he rides.
Any hoss's tail kin ketch cockleburs.
Polishin' your pants on saddle leather don't make you a rider.
If the saddle creaks, it's not paid for.
Tossin' your rope before buildin' a loop don't ketch the calf.
It's sometimes safer to pull your freight than pull your gun.
Only a fool argues with a skunk, a mule, or a cook.
There ain't no hoss that can't be rode.
There ain't no man that can't be throwed.
Brains in the head saves blisters on the feet.
The bigger the mouth, the better it looks when shut.
Man's the only animal that can be skinned more'n once.
The man that always straddles the fence usually has a sore crotch.
You can never trust women, fleas, nor tenderfoots.
**(from Cowboy Lingo by Ramon F. Adams)