Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Southwestern U.S. A herd of horses from which ranch hands select their mounts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A herd of horses from which the horses to be used for a particular purpose are selected.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the herd of horses from which those to be used the next day are chosen

Etymologies

American Spanish, change of horses, remuda, from Spanish, exchange, from remudar, to exchange : re-, in return (from Latin; see re-) + mudar, to change (from Latin mūtāre; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish remuda. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The horse herd accompanying a trail drive was known as a remuda pronounced remoother in Texas.

    THE AMERICAN WEST

  • The horse herd accompanying a trail drive was known as the remuda pronounced remoother in Texas.

    THE AMERICAN WEST

  • Quinn, the man who had watched over the remuda of horses at night, had left for a better life in an MFA program.

    My Lesbian Western, chapter one

  • A fierce and independent group numbering in the thousands with a remuda of fifteen thousand horses and camping in Palo Duro Canyon—the Quahadis—was beyond anything they knew or could guess at.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • All trailed by the enormous horse remuda, the source of their wealth.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • All that remained of the remuda were fifty horses and nine mules.12 Mackenzie was furious.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • One might think that an entire human settlement consisting of several hundred lodges, with large numbers of women and children and old men, many tons of equipment and provisions and supplies, along with a remuda of three thousand horses and mules, an unspecified number of cattle, and dogs, would be an easy enough quarry.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • This kept the remuda in place until the men could rope and saddle their horses.

    THE AMERICAN WEST

  • Behind him was the chuckwagon driven by the cook, with the horse wrangler and the remuda on the left or right.

    THE AMERICAN WEST

  • The personnel consisted of sixteen to eighteen cowboys, a cook and his wagon, and a horse wrangler for the remuda.

    THE AMERICAN WEST

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  • Why change horses?

    May 31, 2007