Today I’m giving you a sneak peek into my WIP (work in progress). I am writing a historical romance story that takes place in the Old West, which of course, requires some research on my part.
Did you know that when cowboys went on a cattle drive they took a lot of extra horses along? They didn’t want to overtire the horses they rode when they often rode fourteen hours a day. Therefore the spare horses allowed them to change to fresh horses often.
Did you know the herd of extra horses was called the “remuda” which comes from a Spanish word “remonta” or “remount”. The remuda could be as large as 150 horses!
Did you know that it was generally the youngest cowboy in the group who was in charge of the remuda? Did you know that he was called the “Wrangler” which also comes from a Spanish word, “caballerango” or “one who cares for horses”?
Many cowboy terms came from the Spanish because the cowboy profession was started by the Spanish Vaqueros, Spanish and Native American Indians who were trained to watch over the cattle of Spanish missionaries.
The Wrangler’s job was not easy. He had to know each horse by name and was expected to know immediately if a horse was missing and to track it down.
Now that you have that information, a cattle drive takes place in my book and there will be a total of seventy-three horses in the remuda. Now, not all seventy-three horses’ names will appear in my book, but I did feel like I needed to name all seventy-three for my story information. I thought you might like to see the names I came up with, and no, they’re not necessarily original, and I’m sure you will recognize some of them from other literary works or movies — these will be some of the names that will not appear in my book. (Only a handful of the horses’ names will actually appear in my book.)
1.Sandy 2. Pete 3. Jack 4. Janie 5. Jax
6.Dusty 7. Smokey 8. Goldie 9. Millie 10. Paint
11.Lady 12. Shadow 13. Cash 14. Toby 15. Misty
16.Lightning 17. Storm 18. Flash 19. Tillie 20. Sal
21.Bonnet 22. Max 23. Pumpkin 24. Tate 25. Flapjack
26.Tramp 27. Jasper 28. Spade 29. Ruby 30. Leo
31.Rusty 32. Sawdust 33. Dancer 34. Pearl 35. Spirit
36.Rain 37. Phantom 38. Star 39. Jupiter 40. Ebony
41.Windy 42. Scout 43. Topper 44. Zeke 45. Thunder
46.Midnight 47. Bessie 48. Drifter 49. Goblin 50. Ginger
51.Cinnamon 52. Lacey 53. Buster 54. Cloud 55. Hero
56.Legend 57. Lucky 58. Poncho 59. Chip 60. Faith
61.Patches 62. Popcorn 63. Peace 64. Patience 65. Betsy
66.Skye 67. Ranger 68. Wildfire 69. Rebel 70. Willow
71.Sapphire 72. Biscuit 73. Daisy
Which of these is your favorite that you would like to see in my book?
Leave your answer in the comments by next Monday, March 5th at noon if you want your favorite horse name including in my story. The three names with the most votes will win and be included in my story and your name will appear in the acknowledgements for helping make the choices.