November 16, 2023
If there is one thing that makes me happy it is big, fat tapaderos. You know, like this.
Yes, we're talking about those stirrup guards with the parrot beak look which I have been led to believe is muy Mexicano. It must have developed late (1880s) because the earlier vaquero stirrup guards are more boxy, like this.
Or, maybe it's just a regional syle? Here's another image of California taps:
And here's Black Jack Ketchum with his own distinctive taps.
And, it must be said, Black Jack had a friend in Mohave County named Tap.
And, here's a couple more sketches showing the Spanish style and how it emigrated to the U.S.
Okay, that's enough tap talk. I'm all tapped out.
“To this day, the old-time vaqueros’ everyday horse training skills have never been surpassed for their efciency nor their sheer artistry and beauty.”