A Spanish word for "relay of horses." This was the term adopted to refer to the large herd of extra horses gathered for roundups or trail drives. Each cowboy had a string of six or more cowponies for his use. The remuda was a combination of all the cowboys' horses. When they were not on the move with the herd of cows, the horses were penned in a rope corral. The horse wrangler watched the remuda and would have fresh mounts ready for the cowboys in the morning, at noon, and in the evening for Night Herding. (See Horse Wrangler, Night Herding.)
An outfit's collection of riding horses (American Spanish, relay of horses (Spanish, exchange, from remudar )
the herd of horses from which those to be used the next day are chosen
a band or string of horses
the group of saddle horses used during the roundup; each rider owns or is assigned specific mounts that make up his string. See also caviata; cavvy.