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Audio Recording Wrangling Horses and the Bell Mare

Wrangling Horses and the Bell Mare

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  • Wrangling Horses and the Bell Mare


  • Stewart, Leslie J. (Narrator)
  • Fleischhauer, Carl (Interviewer)
  • Wilson, William A. (William Albert), 1933- (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • April 9, 1981


  • -  Ninety-Six Ranch
  • -  Activities
  • -  Horses
  • -  Buckaroos
  • -  Wrangling
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Interviews


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Les Stewart explains the role of the horse wrango, or wrangler in buckarooing and the tradition of the "bell mare," a designated mare wearing a bell to keep the horses together and to alert buckaroos as to their whereabouts.
  • -  The horse wrango, or wrangler, and the bell mare hark back to an earlier time. Les explains that, if the ranch crew were big enough, one man would be designated wrango or cavvy-wrango. When we filmed the Ninety-Six, the task was rotated among the members of the small roundup team. Similarly, there is little need for a bell mare today. Smaller fenced areas mean that the horses are unlikely to stray very far. Buckaroos on the neighboring Circle A ranch said their outfit had quit using a bell mare in 1959. But the tradition is important for men like Les, who once quoted a friend as saying, "It's not a cow camp without a bell."


  • Audio

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1991/021: NV81-CF-R5

Source Collection

  • Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)


  • American Folklife Center

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Online Format

  • audio

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Paradise Valley Folklife Project collection, 1978-1982 (AFC 1991/021), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Stewart, Leslie J, Carl Fleischhauer, and William A Wilson. Wrangling Horses and the Bell Mare. April 9, 1981. Audio.

APA citation style:

Stewart, L. J., Fleischhauer, C. & Wilson, W. A. (1981) Wrangling Horses and the Bell Mare. April 9. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Stewart, Leslie J, Carl Fleischhauer, and William A Wilson. Wrangling Horses and the Bell Mare. April 9, 1981. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.