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Don’t Judge a Cowboy… by the color of his whip!

IMG_0204A while back,  I was browsing some other whip websites and I happened across the statement that said that no “real cowboy/cowgirl” would dare carry a whip on their saddle that was any other color than black, tan, or brown. I thought I’d interact with that idea for a bit and demonstrate that, apart from being untrue, a case could be a made that “real” cowboys and cowgirls might actually be better off in some cases with a whip that was made in colors other than black, tan, and brown.


Through my whipmaking adventures, I’ve noted that there’s actually quite a bit of diversity among the cowboys and cowgirls of America. They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors and so do the horses, equipment, and tack that they use. Whips are no different. Suggesting that a “real cowboy” won’t use whips that are only certain colors is just as silly as saying cowboys won’t drive Dodge trucks, wear yellow shirts, eat Krystal burgers, or ride an American Paint Horse.

One big reason why a “real cowboy” might consider ordering a whip in colors other than black, tan, and brown is because whips get lost.  About a decade ago, I had a “real” Florida cowboy call and order a solid hot pink whip. His old whip had fallen off his saddle and he wasn’t able to find it. He said he knew he would get laughed at by some of his peers, but he wanted his whip easy to IMG_0583see if it happened to fall off his saddle again.

Indeed, I could probably take my wife out to a nice dinner if I had a dollar for every story cowboys have told me about losing whips while working cows. The earth tone whips often blend in so well that they cannot find them if they backtrack searching. Having a whip that won’t blend in can help with that problem. So in reality, real cowboys ought to seriously consider buying whips with lots of bright colors.

So while I’ll grant that lots of working cowboys do order whips in earth tones, I’m also happy to cater to the ones who want them in other colors and patterns. I’d also like for the reader to note that all the whips pictured in on this post are examples of whips I’ve made for “real cowboys” who derive most (or all) of their income from working with cattle.IMG_0609

Visit my online photo gallery for more examples of whips I’ve made. Stop by the store to buy one! Others may judge you by the color of the whip you order, but I won’t.

Cow Whips at Custer State Park

One of the greatest things about being a cow whip maker is that I have been blessed with the opportunity to export part of my Florida Cracker heritage all over the U.S.A. and around the world.

As a whipmaker, I appreciate all the folks who buy my whips, but I have to say that there will always be a special place in my heart for the folks who buy my whips and use them to round up livestock.

Below you will see some photos from Custer State Park in South Dakota. These pics were taken last year during a buffalo round-up and sent to me by Kevin MacRitchie. I really appreciate Kevin sending me these pics. It really made my evening when he emailed them to me.

All the riders in these pics are using RK cow whips:

Kevin on his horse with an RK cow whip on his saddle.

Chad Kremer, buffalo herd manager at Custer State Park, being chased by a buffalo cow.

Kevin being chased, with Ron T. and Jennifer T. coming to his aid.

Kevin says this is their view for most of the day!

If you have any photos of my whips in action on the ranch or range, please send them to me and I may use them in a future blog post.