This Mexican ‘Vaquero’ is dressed in the typical style and manner of a herder of cattle and wild horses. These skilled and knowledgeable horsemen could be found on both sides of the Rio Grande depending on where the work was available and how much the cattle owner was willing to pay for their services. In one hand he carries his Spencer Carbine. Originaly designed in 1860. This particular weapon was a shorter and lighter version of the longer and heavier rifle manufactured for the Union Army. These carbines were specifically made for the U.S. Cavalry but were also sold to civilians.