On the TV show Rawhide, from the 60's iirc, one or two, maybe 3 of the
men, especially iirc Gil Favor the boss, had on their horse what looked
like a long canvas bag, where the saddlebags would be if they didn't
have a wagon to carry stuff like that. The thing goes from maybe 8"
to the right of the horse center line across to the left and down even
with the bottom of the horse's belly. Maybe it looks more like
draperies, but with no folds except maybe folded over at the front and
back. Nothing in the middle.
What are these things called? What do the do?
Could you find a picture? I'm not envisioning well enough from your
description. Could it be a bedroll? A water carrier? A feedbag? There
could be times where the horse and rider were well away from the wagon
train perhaps needing their own supplies - for scouting ahead for
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:50:06 -0400, FromTheRafters
I sort of doubt it, but I'll look.
Sorry about that.
At most an unrolled bedroll, and none other men have one. They're
bedrolls must be on the chuckwagon (or did they have two wagons. The
details aren't perfect, of course./) Plus I should have said that the
whole thing was 42 to 48". Too short.
It's always flat, never has anything in it. Amd awfully big for water.
Too heavy to carry and put on the horse. Would have to bend down and
put your mouth as low as the bottom of the horse's belly to take a
drink. The same width but 3 or 4 times the length of one water bag as
seen in the episode of Wanted, Dead or Alive where Randall has to rescue
some tinhorn in Indian country and his water bag gets shot up, a bag
that seemed reasonable to look at.
Same problem. Plus it's too long for that.
It looks empty. It's not even necesrily two layers. I just figure it
must be, and maybe it's rounded at the front and rear edges.
What I meant was to fetch water *for* the horse when scouting ahead. A
horses neck might not be long enough to reach low water, and if your
horse dies - so do you.
I'm just guessing mind you, with more information I can ask a
professional horse person just exactly what is pictured there.
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:04:02 -0400, Retired
Yeah, that's it, just behind the rider.
Up all night. I'll read the text after I take a nap. Does the text
say what it is? What do you think it is. What do others think now that
there's a picture?
Poncho is reaonsable and several were wearing ponchos in the rain in the
episode I watched yesterday, but earlier in what I think was the same
episode, I could see 8 horses at once and only one had this thing.
My expert took one look and told me it is a bedroll folded up inside a
"duster" which is waxed canvas rain gear like a poncho except that it
has a long slit up the back when worn so that the flaps can cover the
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:28:53 -0400, FromTheRafters
Ah, very good. I'm glad I posted. I figured to talk to your expert,
you'd have to ride over to the next ranch, take you at least 30 minutes.
Well I'm not far off, it's been 25 minutes. It seems shorter. I must
have been doing something interesting.
BTW, Rawhide is a good show. The plots are not simple, and I can never
figure out what will happen before it does. I guess it wasn't a kid's
show, since it was on in prime time. Some of the kid's shows still
strike me as good too.
I"m going to read the webpage after my nap.
FWIW, I have absolutely no desire to buy DVDs of any of the tv I like.
I'm happy when they show it on tv, and I'm good for another 20 years at
that point. Who knows if DVD's will even work then, but I figure
they'll show my favorite shows on TV again in 20 years
My expert is my sister just across the hallway from me. She knew
exactly what it was, and knew it had a specific name, but couldn't
recall it. She went online with her laptop to a place where she knew
they were sold (a tack shop near here) to jar her memory.
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