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Cowboy Dictionary - Letter N

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terms, slang, and jargon used by cowboys, cowgirls, and horse lovers.

Near Side - The left side of a horse. The right side of a horse is the "off" side.

Night Latch - A leather strap (or something similar) attached to a saddle for the rider to use when a horse is bucking.

A rider grabs onto, and pulls on, a night latch when a horse is bucking to help pull themselves deeper into the saddle. A night latch is typically a leather strap, a short piece of rope, or something similar, that has been run through the gullet of the saddle.

You can shop for a night latch here.

Below: A pony ranch bronc rider uses a night latch.

A night latch

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