Mudcat Café message #327567 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #14070   Message #327567
Posted By: ddw
26-Oct-00 - 01:08 AM
Thread Name: Help: houlihan? - Old Paint
Subject: RE: Help: houlihan?

It wasn't the horses getting the saddle sores it was the cowboys. The reference to the horses' backs being raw was to the area between the saddle and the withers (front shoulders) that were sometimes rubbed raw by the rope that tethered a roped cow to the saddle horn.

I ride an old Paint, I lead an old Dan. I'm off the Montana for to throw the hoolihan. They feed in the coulees,they water in the draw; Their tails are all matted, their backs are all raw.

I don't see any reference at all in the verse to cows and it's the first verse of the song. Take out the second line which describes what the rider is doing and says nothing about the animals and it's still back to horses.