- All cowboys spent day in and day out with two things: animals and the weather. Extreme weather made life difficult for a cowboy and for his animals. Searing heat, snow, and even heavy rains could cause massive losses in a herd on the move. A cowboy was expected to get as many live cattle to their destination as possible, so weather incidents could wreak havoc on the trail and on a cowboy’s paycheck. No wonder so many Old West quotes deal with animals and the weather.
1. Never drive black cattle in the dark.
2. Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting: “What a ride!”
3. A whistling woman and a crowing hen never come to a very good end.
This is another way of saying that both people and animals should do as expected, or face the consequences.
4. The sun doesn't shine on the same dog's tail all the time.
This can be interpreted as “you’ll get what you deserve” or as a way of saying that we have to take the good luck with the bad.
5. He’s happy as a dead pig in the sunshine.
6. I'm feeling as low as a toad in a dry well.
7. I feel like the last pea at pea-time.
8. He’s as busy as a stump-tailed cow in fly time.
9. You look about as happy as a tick on a fat dog.
10. Why are you smilin’ like a goat in a briar patch?
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