Cowboy Sayings Examples

Write  your Cowboy Sayings on a scrap of paper or rawhide. Drop it off at Gear West during Gear Western packet pickup or on race day. Best of the best will win a 5k race entry for a Gear West event in 2021.


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  • Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

  • Don't squat with your spurs on.

  • Don't judge people by their relatives.

  • Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town.

  • When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

  • Talk slowly, think quickly.

  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

  • Don't interfere with something that ain't botherin' you none.

  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

  • It's better to be a has-been that a never-was.

  • The easiest way to eat crow is while it's still warm.

  • The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.

  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

  • If it don't seem like it's worth the effort, it probably ain't.

  • It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

  • Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.

  • The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.

  • Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.

  • If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

  • Don't worry about bitin' off more'n you can chew; your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger'n you think.

  • Always drink upstream from the herd.

  • Generally, you ain't learnin' nothing when your mouth's a-jawin'.

  • Tellin' a man to git lost and makin' himdo it are two entirely different propositions.

  • If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there with ya.

  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

  • When you give a personal lesson in meanness to a critter or to a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.

  • When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.

  • Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back.

  • Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's sure crucial to know what it was.

  • The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.

  • You can't tell how good a man or a watermelon is 'til they get thumped.(Character shows up best when tested.)

  • Never miss a good chance to shut up.

  • If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen are defrocked, shouldn't it follow that cowboys would be deranged?

  • There never was a horse that couldn't be rode;

  • Never was a cowboy who couldn't be throwed.