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cow pony

a small, fast, agile horse trained for use by cowhands in herding cattle.
Origin of cow pony
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Which a gent can't be no painter onless he's got ha'r like a cow pony.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • With the cow pony following as best it might they rode toward Santa Fé.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
  • The cow pony is worthy of as much attention and thought as the cowboy.

    My Native Land James Cox
  • The staying powers of the cow pony are almost without limit.

    My Native Land James Cox
  • He'd been raised a cow pony and he didn't care for snoozers.

  • With that he too whirled his cow pony around, and waving his hand to the boys, went off at a reckless pace in a cloud of dust.

  • The Texan patted the neck of his cow pony, which reached round playfully and pretended to nip his leg.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • If he had never ridden a cow pony he would have been thrown and dragged the instant he put his foot in the narrow metal stirrup.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • He was trained down to perfect condition by his years on the plains, and was as wiry and tough as the cow pony he rode.

    The Free Range

    Francis William Sullivan
  • It seemed to skim the ground and in five minutes had developed into a cow pony and its rider.

    The Free Range

    Francis William Sullivan
British Dictionary definitions for cow pony

cow pony

a horse used by cowboys when herding
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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