The Cowboy Way


In a polite rejoinder to a not-very-polite critic of another post here earlier this morning, our Angus Dei finished his comment with “Though I’m a knuckle-dragging cowboy, I still help out when and where I can. It’s called, ‘The Cowboy Way,’ and it rivals any Oriental philosophy …” That comment inspired me to dig up some of the various “Cowboy Creeds” we collected and printed up for a little wannabe-cowboy relative of mine.

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The Cowboy Way Wild Bill Hickock:  Deputy Marshal's Code of Conduct

Gene Autry's Cowboy Code of Honor

Hopalong Cassidy's Creed for Boys and Girls

The Lone Ranger Creed

Texas Rangers "Deputy Ranger" Oath

And just to modernize this a little and demonstrate how these “old-fashioned” and “unbelievably square” 50’s and 60’s Cowboys’ Creeds can be applied today…

"Cowboy Ethics:  What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West"  by James P.Owen

So that’s it.  And as Dale Evans Rogers sang,

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again.

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here’s a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again.

UPDATE: In comments, the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. shares a link to this website:   “Cowboy Bob’s Western Values.” It’s a neat-looking site — go have a look.

8 Responses to “The Cowboy Way”

  1. thefrollickingmole Says:

    Not to mention the Brokeback mountain cowboy creed.

    Never leave your buddies behind….

  2. Kim Says:

    That sounds like my Shepherd.

    If I am ever as good as that, I’ll be happy.

  3. Angus Dei Says:

    These codes that make up The Cowboy Way trace their origins through medieval knights back to ancient Roman warriors.

    “From the 12th century onward chivalry came to be understood as a moral, religious and social code of knightly conduct. The particulars of the code varied, but codes would emphasize the virtues of courage, honor, and service. Chivalry also came to refer to an idealization of the life and manners of the knight at home in his castle and with his court.
    Medieval knights glorified and identified with the valor, tactics and ideals of ancient Romans. [2] For example the ancient hand-book of warfare written by Vegetius called De Re Militari was translated into French in the 13th century as L’art de chevalerie by Jean de Meun. Later writers also drew from Vegetius such as Honore Bonet who wrote the 14th century L’arbes des batailles, which discussed the morals and laws of war. In the 15th century Christine de Pizan combined themes from Vegetius, Bonet and Frontinus in Livre des faits d’armes et de chevalerie.”

    It seems wherever a horse culture develops in the West, these codes follow.

    Back during the Bush II administration, I used to love it when lefties criticized the President by calling him a cowboy. Yes, that was exactly what the “problem” was. LOL!

  4. Simon Says:

    How unfortunate that chivalry has died and been replaced by such a shallow lot of role models we have today. Point to any segment of our public figures, Media, Sports, Politics, et al, and your flat out to name more than a handful of people who have a decent level of character. Rather people look for spin and platitudes that they have been trained to respond to.

    Its quite sad really.

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      And in Leftist politics, all such creeds have been replaced by one all-purpose “rule:”

      “Whatever it takes.”

      I’m with Gus (above): The Leftards never did understand the irony of calling Bush a ‘Cowboy’.
      Sadly, they never will.

  5. Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. Says:

    This site may be of interest to you Chaps:

    http://cowboy-bob.blogspot.com/

    • spot_the_dog Says:

      Thank you for that, MCB – it looks like a neat blog. I’ve put it on my “to peruse” list for this arvo.

  6. Steve Wawryk Says:

    My business partner and riding buddy bought me the Cowboy Ethics book a few years ago and I have found that they truly are words you should conduct business to and live by.


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