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post #21 of 73 Old 05-26-2010, 12:52 AM
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I consider my father a cowboy. He works 12 hr shifts at the plant, then he comes home and does what needs to be done on our lil ranch. We work cows, sometimes with horses, sometimes not. We don't have alot of cows. Just enough to sell the bull calfs for some extra cash. He can ride and rope. He has been stepped on, run over, trampled, kicked. I would say I'm a cowgirl, well I'm certaintly more of a cowgirl than alot of the so called cowboys/cowgirls in the area. But there are alot of people that are more of a cowboy than me. I would love to live on a big working ranch. Where they do everything from horseback. I would love that life.

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post #22 of 73 Old 05-26-2010, 03:05 AM
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Who in the world finds horses outside Walmarts?

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post #23 of 73 Old 05-26-2010, 07:36 AM
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roro, it's the mechanical horse that you put a quarter in for kids.

Favorite cowboy insult - he's all hat and no cattle.

Describes a lot of people to a tee.
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post #24 of 73 Old 05-26-2010, 09:40 AM
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The Elstead (Surrey, UK) Western Riding Club circa 1980
Some 25 years ago I belonged to a Western Riding club run by a Canadian 'cowboy'
who had come over in World War 2 and never gone home. He was a lovely guy and as a young man had been a professional rodeo rider. There were about 20 members, who rode in Western saddles and wore - yes -full western gear including the hat. It was a fun club - especially as we lived in a very snooty Surrey village where all the horse riders rode English - sometimes even with silk top hats.

One day Kennie (the cowboy) got a phone call with a request to round up some young wild ponies which had been left out in a large field for the winter. About 10 of us got the ropes out and trotted off to do a neighbour a favour. When we reached the field we all thought it would not take long to haze these youngsters into the rough corral which we had made up. We had not noticed that the ground was slightly wet, that there was a slight wind and more importantly that a certain grey pony mare - who was obviously the alpha female of this little herd- was watching us carefully.

We spent a couple of hours trying to haze these ponies into the corral we had rigged up. But we had not taken into consideration this little Welsh Cob mare. She led us a merry dance and whilst we caught one or two stragglers, all we really succeeded in doing was getting very muddy. We were actually running the risk of causing our own horses ligament damage because the ground was very slippery. One by one we gave up. The mare would not let us near her herd. I remember laughing and laughing.

But not our Ken. He went back to the stable and got several very long lengths of rope with which, on foot, we fairly quickly hazed the ponies into the corral.
He had made his point and he had given we greenhorns a lesson in humility.
He was bandied legged and bent from his days in rodeo and we had not give him due respect that is for sure.

Working cowboys - well I raise my hat to them I wouldn't risk my present mare herding the dairy cows out of the field up at the other end of the village. She'd take one look, give one sniff and back up. "No way", she would say. She'll face modern day traffic and she'll jump quite high fences but work for a living - you've got to be joking.

But my old "Western" horse, Puddy, was an absolutely stunning palomino gelding who looked magnificent in Western tack, some of which I had taken back home from trips to Houston. We 'Western riders' were poseurs that's for sure but we all knew it. The story of the 'Elstead round up' became a legend in the local pub for years.

Strangely enough, back in those days if you wanted to go fox hunting with the local pack, you could not turn up at the meet on a coloured horse - my Longford Golden Appollo (alias Puddy) was distinctly unacceptable - that was real colour prejudice. As for tack, well he would have had to use his English GP saddle.
But I always rode him one handed in a one eared bridle with a set of silver ringed reins. Happy days.

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post #25 of 73 Old 05-26-2010, 09:51 AM
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Then there are those who just have the sincerety and forthrightness to answer why they do not wear a helmet and it seems to stir up a hornet's nest of those who have identity issues. Me, I'm settled in my identity. I know exactly who I am...naked or clothed!

One time when I was about 19, as I was working at a construction site as a labourer...the tradesmen used to call me "big Tony". I told them, I'm not big, Just 5 foot 6, 165 lbs". They said, "we're not talking about physical size".

To me, THAT'S being a cowboy....being BIG...inside.

We're all entitled to our opinions and perspectives. Mine's shaped by a life time of being my faults and successes.

Sometimes we are INSIDE what we haven't had a chance to do yet. An apple tree is still an apple tree...even if it hasn't bourne fruit yet.

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post #26 of 73 Old 05-26-2010, 10:35 AM
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I married a cowboy he grew up raising cattle,hogs,chickens and crops. He worked hard to get off of the farm.. Once off he realized he did want to be on the farm he had to work harder to buy one of his own. So I am a wanna be cowgirl married to a real cowboy (who is now disguised as a city slicker).
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post #27 of 73 Old 05-26-2010, 10:58 AM
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I have always imagined cowboys to be rough and tumble kinda blokes, willing to jump on a horse and round up cattle, should be able to sit on any bucking bronco, can probably fix all sorts of machinery, always polite and respectful towards the ladies and should have know-how regarding their land and animals.

I also imagine them to be laid back and not to sweat the small stuff.

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post #28 of 73 Old 05-26-2010, 11:29 AM
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That describes my husband except the willingness to get on any bucking horse - He is a little old for that now. What are those lyrics
"I might not be as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was?" Ha!
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post #29 of 73 Old 05-26-2010, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by sarahver View Post
I also imagine them to be laid back and not to sweat the small stuff.
Nor do they need to crow about how wunnerful they are to anyone who will listen.

The people I've met who have cattle and/or work the land are generally soft spoken, self deprecating, and radiate a quiet strength and commitment to God, country, and their family.

They're also completely unimpressed with people who brag about themselves. They might not be impolite to those folks, but they certainly won't socialize with them.
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post #30 of 73 Old 05-26-2010, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by sarahver View Post
I have always imagined cowboys to be rough and tumble kinda blokes, willing to jump on a horse and round up cattle, should be able to sit on any bucking bronco, can probably fix all sorts of machinery, always polite and respectful towards the ladies and should have know-how regarding their land and animals.

I also imagine them to be laid back and not to sweat the small stuff.
Not every good cowboy is a bronc rider. I prefer to talk a horse out of bucking than to ride through it and I know many others that are the same. I hate fixing machinery and I try to avoid it at all costs. I'll know I did something wrong in this life if I die and St Peter says to me "So I hear you're good with a wrench". Only slightly above mechanics is farm work. It's much like the dentist, youknow you need to do it but you put it off as long as possible. Just like any group of people there are high strung cowboys as well as the laid back kind. The big difference is that the high strung fellers don't last very long working with cows and horses.

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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