|Jacal - A small hut or shack, usually adobe. Often misspelled "jackel."|
|Jack - A male donkey|
|Jamestown Weed - See Jimsonweed.|
|Jasper - A man, especially a hick; someone who is awkward or not very intelligent.|
|Javelina - A wild pig of Mexico and the Southwest U.S.; usually gray with an indistinct white collar.|
|Jayhawkers - Kansas abolitionists.|
|Jehu - A stagecoach driver. The name is derived from the often reckless behavior of the drivers combined with the Bible verse in Second Kings 9:20 "And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously."|
|Jenny - A female donkey|
Jerk line - 1. A single line or rope used to control a large team of draft animals. When the driver wishes the leaders to go to the right he gives a strong, steady pull; when he wishes the team to go to the left he jerks the line -- the latter operation giving this line its name. Also called a jerk rein.
2. A rope used by a calf roper to cue his horse to back up, pulling the calf toward the dismounted cowboy.
|Jerky - Strips of dried meat, usually beef or venison, that can be stored for long periods.|
|Jimmyweed - See Jimsonweed.|
|Jimsonweed - A very poisonous range weed having foul-smelling foliage, large trumpet-shaped flowers, and prickly fruits. Scientific name: Datura stramonium. Also called Jimmyweed, Gypsum Weed, Stink Weed, Loco Weed, Jamestown Weed, Thorn Apple, Devil's Trumpet, Devil's Snare, and more.|
|Jingle bob - A piece of metal dangling next to a spur rowel which makes a ringing sound when moved. Jingle bobs are designed to keep livestock from being spooked by the unexpected appearance of a cowhand, especially in the dark of night.|
|Jockey - See Fender.|
|Jog - A slow Walk with a slight break in rhythm.|
|John - A male mule. He may also be called a horse mule.|
|John B. - A Stetson hat.|
|John Henry - A person's signature. Said to be a corruption of "John Hancock," which is also used to signify a signature.|
|Johnny Cake - (also: journey cake) Corn bread baked on a griddle.|
|Jolt Buggy - See Buckboard.|
|Jolt Wagon - See Buckboard.|
|Judas Steer - A steer which is used to lead a herd on a drive or into a slaughter pen. It is named for the disciple whose betrayal led to Jesus' crucifixion. The term "Judas" may also be applied to a goat, mare, cow, etc., used in a similar fashion, as well as a human who betrays a friend. See also "Madrina"|
|Juvenile - A two year old horse.|
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