I'll get a degree of flack from this, but so be it
(I'm a big boy now).
Phly got a lot of it right.
Women tend to be "in love" with the "idea" of the cowboy. What they see at shows or guys who ride western "like a cowboy". Having worked cattle in my youth allow me to dispel some of the idealized myth
A real, cattle working person (man or woman....yes, while not as common back then I knew girl who worked cattle too) learn amazingly fast to shed anything that's uncomfortable, not functional or impractical.
Tight jeans? Come on folks. Would you want to spend 6 to 10 hours a day 5-7 days a week working from horseback in tight jeans
? Loose jeans (or some other even more practical pants).
As was pointed out...it's dirty, sweaty, grimy work (and that's the good side). There's not much that compares with having your girlfriend come looking for you (you're easier to find when you've got a 1/2 ton animal with you
) and finds you out on the backside of the "north 40" pasture with your arms up to your elbows inside a heifer that's have a difficult birth working to pull the calf out so you don't lose them. So it's easy to see that while I remember my girlfriends really having a "thing" about seeing me working on a horse, they weren't all the enthusiastic about "loving up" on me at the end of the day. Not until I showered and changed. It was the idea and the look of there "man" out there being a "man" doing "manly" work, but at the end of the day.....get clean, put on some tight jeans, nice shirt, a clean hat (not the sweating, dirty one that you work in) and then they'll hang all over you and think how thrilling it is to have a "cowboy" for a boyfriend.