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post #1 of 73 Old 05-25-2010, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Cowboy??

There really are not that many kinds of cowboys. In case you are a little confused about what it takes to be a cowboy the following is a list of ways to tell if your NOT a cowboy.

If the wildest horse you ever rode was outside a Walmart.

If you bought your best hat at the same place you get your groceries and have your oil changed.

If your belt buckle wieghs more than your saddle.

If you think that owning a horse and a pair of boots makes you a cowboy.

If you wear pants with more than four pockets or a shirt with more than two.

If you prefer to gather cattle with a feed truck and a four-wheeler.

It's pretty easy to recognize a real cowboy (even a part timer) if you know what to look for but the pretenders are glaringly obvious. Maybe I'm a purist but if you don't make a living looking after cattle using a horse then you are not a cowboy.

You can't just read about cowboys in pulp western novels and watch old westerns and think that you know what it means to be a cowboy. Being a cowboy is just an occupation. Horse trainers may also be cowboys but you can certainly be a horse trainer without being a cowboy. I know many ranchers that are not cowboys and the further east you go the more of them you see. There are crappy people that are cowboys just like there are crappy people that are accountants or truck drivers. It's an enjoyable job if you're into that kind of thing. Not many are.

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post #2 of 73 Old 05-25-2010, 12:38 PM
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Me! I'm definitely not a cowboy (or cowgirl), Kevin!

I ride horses and care for them myself, but I've never thought of myself as anything more than a hobby farmer and halfway decent rider.

Oh, I plan to raise a steer for beef, have some chickens, and maybe put in a garden, but that only makes me someone who's just a little more self sufficient than others.

Even if I moved out west and rode my horses in big ole Western saddles with all the accoutrements, it still wouldn't make me a cowgirl. I'd just be someone who rides in the Western style.
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I agree SP, haha theres to many wannabes around where i live, its kinda dissapointing, because they make me want to bash my head into my wall, lol.

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WooHoo! You go Kevin. It cracks me up to see people who think they are cowboys but who have no idea what the word actually means.

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If you think that owning a horse and a pair of boots makes you a cowboy.
From what I hear you absolutely positively completely cannot live without/must have a cowboy hat..
Or else you are a wimp/sap/loser/silly goose/english show jumper..

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Oh yeah. I heard that too. If you look at my avatar the guy on the paint horse behind me is a hell of a cowboy and he's sporting a ball cap.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
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"Maybe I'm a purist but if you don't make a living looking after cattle using a horse then you are not a cowboy. "

Maybe you're a purist, or maybe you're just logical. Not many people are, it seems!


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There are qute a few cowboys in my area, and surprising how many of them prefer those motorized-4 wheelers (?) and/or motorcycles to horses. Because they have to work, and they work hard, and if they can round up without a horse, they will. It's less work that way. They ride where wheels won't go. And for show-off too, of course! Never met a cowboy who wasn't proud of his job.
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There really are not that many kinds of cowboys. In case you are a little confused about what it takes to be a cowboy the following is a list of ways to tell if your NOT a cowboy.

If the wildest horse you ever rode was outside a Walmart.

My Walmart does not have a horse. Man I must talk to them about that. Sounds like fun.

If you bought your best hat at the same place you get your groceries and have your oil changed.

Nop got my last hat when I was out west driving for lets see who was it?? If memory serves it was the Neval Brothers. Same with several pairs of boots. No one around here sells good boots.

If your belt buckle wieghs more than your saddle.

Not sure I would walk very fare if that was the case. My saddles are quite heavy.

If you think that owning a horse and a pair of boots makes you a cowboy.

How about mucking boots?? That is the boot of choice of people who work cattle around here.

If you wear pants with more than four pockets or a shirt with more than two.

My Wranglers have 5 does that count??

If you prefer to gather cattle with a feed truck and a four-wheeler.

Nop around here we use tractors.

It's pretty easy to recognize a real cowboy (even a part timer) if you know what to look for but the pretenders are glaringly obvious. Maybe I'm a purist but if you don't make a living looking after cattle using a horse then you are not a cowboy.

You can't just read about cowboys in pulp western novels and watch old westerns and think that you know what it means to be a cowboy. Being a cowboy is just an occupation. Horse trainers may also be cowboys but you can certainly be a horse trainer without being a cowboy. I know many ranchers that are not cowboys and the further east you go the more of them you see. There are crappy people that are cowboys just like there are crappy people that are accountants or truck drivers. It's an enjoyable job if you're into that kind of thing. Not many are.
I have worked on farms and cared for well over 500 cows in the past. NOT A COWBOY (girl). My moms cousin are cattle farmers. At one time one of the largest in the state. NOT A COWBOY either.

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I have worked on farms and cared for well over 500 cows in the past. NOT A COWBOY (girl). My moms cousin are cattle farmers. At one time one of the largest in the state. NOT A COWBOY either.
You don't have to be a cowboy to have cows and you don't have to own cows to be a cowboy.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
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