Rank among the outfit was determined by a cowboy's position during the drive. The leaders in front of the herd were at the top of the hierarchy, followed by the outriders on the flanks. The drag men were the least favored and placed in the back to be inundated with the dust from the herd the entire day. The daily route was unpredictable, rough, and not at all like the romantic images of these trail hands embraced by society.
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