'The Houlihan' Cowboy Sculpture

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'The Houlihan' cowboy sculpture by Steve Miller and Montana Silversmiths.

11.75" long x 10.75" wide x 10.75" tall.

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Steve Miller, Sculptor
In the years of chaos after the Civil War, wild horses became plentiful. Many were turned loose to keep them out of the hands of the enemy army. Many were set free as they could not be cared for with the men off fighting the war. Others escaped from battlefields both during the Civil War and in the following years of running battles with the Great Plains Indians. By the 1880’s, thousand of wild horses roamed the rich grass lands from Kansas to Montana.

Catching, breaking, and selling these hearty horses could be good business for a man proficient with a rope, and settin’ a saddle.

Like most things cowboy there was an art to catching wild horses. A free running horse with no rider could not usually be run
down by a horse carrying a man in a saddle (except in Hollywood movies), and if he could be run down, a good cowboy may not
want him. Unlike cattle, long necked, agile horses will easily duck a loop thrown over their head from behind, and a neck loop on a wild free running horse was dangerous to the horse.

A well thrown loop could scoop up the front feet of a running horse before he could dodge, duck, or jump it, that was the skill of the houlihan cowboy. The free running horse could then be stopped, also requiring much skill from the cowboy, and a good solid saddle horse.

In the late 1800’s life was rough and tough, and often things were done as part of every day working life that we may not understand today. But hobble stopping or even tripping a horse was, in those days, considered the safest way to catch them and get a handle on them. Neck roping a hard running wild horse too often resulted in the death of a wild one that would not quit the fight. No cowboy would risk injury to a good prospect.

The houlihan is swung counter clock wise, opposite a traditional loop, and opened at the throw with the flick of an agile wrist. It was not an easy throw and required years of practice to perfect. Being a roper, I have long admired the roping skills of our cowboy ancestors, and that was the inspiration for “The Houlihan.” It is a skill all but lost today, and I proudly honor it in this sculpture, one I hope every cowboy, roper, and cowboy at heart will appreciate.

— Each original sculpture - like the The Houlihan cowboy sculpture - is composed using Montana Silversmiths proprietary process, "Montana Bronze", using blends of fine resins with the addition of pure pewter and bronze. The beautiful finish is the result of hand-applied patinas and metallic paint, carefully matched to accent all of the subtle detail of the artwork.

If you see "Contact Dealer for Availability" on the next page, it means The Houlihan cowboy sculpture is out of stock. or give us a call at 800-474-9111. Ships directly from Montana Silversmiths. Available only in the U.S.

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