What do YOU think qualifies someone as a cowboy?

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    01-03-2013, 05:00 PM
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What do YOU think qualifies someone as a cowboy?

Just something that popped into my head that I thought might be fun to discuss. What qualifications do you think someone has to have to be considered to be a 'cowboy' or 'cowgirl?' I'll add MY opinion later ;)
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    01-03-2013, 05:04 PM
Someone who actually works the range daily. All the rest of us are just "wanna-be's".
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    01-03-2013, 05:08 PM
^^ agreeded. Mine is your pretty classic image of a "cowboy" Someone up before it gets light out and goes to bed well after sunset. Someone who works on a range all day, driving cattle, fixing fences, dirty jeans, not afraid of hard work, patient with the animals.
    01-03-2013, 05:11 PM
According to my six year old nephew, we're not cowgirls because we don't carry pistols in our belts.

Me? I listen to Slipknot, ride in DC's, own a sports car (okay, I did get a truck), was a pipeliner. And I raise Arabians.
I'm probably never going to be considered a cowgirl. LOL
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    01-03-2013, 05:55 PM
Being a cowboy or cowgirl really has nothing to do with how you dress, what you drive, or even how much you ride. It has nothing to do with competing in an arena. It is just who you are deep down inside, a complete way of life. They don't just work with livestock, those animals are a part of them whether they own them or just care for them for somebody else. Their horses are their team mates and partners, not just a tool to get a job done. When you meet a true cowboy or cowgirl, you will just know that this is what they are. It is tough to explain exactly what it is that makes them that. But the first clue is cowboys and cowgirls never label themselves as one....There was a show on TV for a bit, Real American Cowboys. They did choose some good examples of what a true cowboy was. And having grown up doing the rodeo thing, I am not saying that rodeo cowboys and cowgirls aren't cowboys. But there is a difference.
Some of the finest cowboys I have known in my life have never stepped into an arena, have never competed. And there are some amazing cowboys in the rodeo arenas who are true cowboys outside of it as well.
Not sure if any of that makes any sense at all but I hope it does.
    01-03-2013, 06:17 PM
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Perfect explanation Stillstandin! That's sort of what was in my mind. There are so many wannabe cowboys and cowgirls in my area that pretty much anyone that is male, can pull off a cowboy hat and boots, and guzzles beer can be considered a cowboy, but honestly I can barely call those people men, much less cowboys.

To me a cowboy/girl is a man or woman who is humble about their work, willing to put in a long day's work without expecting more than the satisfaction that the job is done, that can control their temper and has a gentle hand. They're level headed and tough, able to withstand hardships and still be standing tall afterwards. A cowboy or cowgirl to me is the definition of a true american. They show respect and courtesy to everyone around them, and in turn respect themselves. They are someone who never says no, and who never turns down a challenge. It doesn't matter if they have a pair of old sneakers, boots, or nikes to me- if they have the mindset of a cowboy I'm more than willing to call them one.

The movie cowboys annoy me. Beer guzzling, fancy bling wearing, womanizer, cursing, rough men with no respect for people are disgusting, and I want no part of the people who try to replicate that.
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    01-03-2013, 06:35 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    

The movie cowboys annoy me. Beer guzzling, fancy bling wearing, womanizer, cursing, rough men with no respect for people are disgusting, and I want no part of the people who try to replicate that.
Sounds more like what you get when you cross a redneck with a pimp.
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    01-03-2013, 07:01 PM
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Perfect description WS XD The guys that swagger around my town calling themselves cowboys really are just that. Redneck pimps. LOL
    01-03-2013, 08:54 PM
Some who cares for cattle and their range effectively. Who either has, or is getting the skills necessary, to handle all parts of that job to the best of their ability.

One cowboy that I respect has to use a wheelchair to get around and do things in a very different way than most of us. But, he raises good cattle and his place is in good shape. He's an outlier, for sure. Most are decent horse and cattle hands in the usual fashion.

I hear of people wanting to imagine that the best cowboys have some very golden character traits. I haven't found that to always be true. There are some that are really nice, caring, polite people and others that are incredible jerks. But they have the skills to be called cowboys. You just don't hang out with them other than at work.

Now a "hand..." that is someone who has great all around skills in my world.

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