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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.

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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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. :D 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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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.
 

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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. :p 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.
 

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You don't have to be a man to be a cowboy. Unless you are talking about not having arms. Arms are important as are legs but they don't need to do alot.
 

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I love this website (what started as a blog by a ranchers' wife a few years ago).

Confessions of a Pioneer Woman - ThePioneerWoman.com

They still use horses, and brand and castrate cattle, and he has his kids right there along side him learning and doing.

Confessions of a Pioneer Woman - ThePioneerWoman.com

The little girl in this last one is more of a cowboy than a lot of folks out there that wanna be :wink:. And look, she isn't even wearing a hat :lol:.

Confessions of a Pioneer Woman - ThePioneerWoman.com
 

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My wife reads that blog regularly. Pioneer woman is the kind of woman that every cowboy needs. She is a good cook, will help when needed but doesn't get in the way and raises good kids to help with the ranch. It also helps if she authors a New York Times best seller and has a very popular and hence monetarily lucrative website.
 

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My wife reads that blog regularly. Pioneer woman is the kind of woman that every cowboy needs. She is a good cook, will help when needed but doesn't get in the way and raises good kids to help with the ranch. It also helps if she authors a New York Times best seller and has a very popular and hence monetarily lucrative website.
:lol: Yeah, no complaining to the wife about all that time she's wasting blogging when the money starts rolling in :wink:.
 

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I like to consider me and my family "cowboys" LOL. We all 3 ride, train, rope, and work cattle (though we do use a nordfork instead of having someone sit on the calves most the time, it is much easier when there is only 2 or 3 people present and 1 is roping). That's me on the horse in the background.

 

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My wife reads that blog regularly. Pioneer woman is the kind of woman that every cowboy needs. She is a good cook, will help when needed but doesn't get in the way and raises good kids to help with the ranch. It also helps if she authors a New York Times best seller and has a very popular and hence monetarily lucrative website.
I am faithful to PDub too, and have to throw in this little known fact: did you know her blog ads generate over $1M a year TAKE HOME?!?!?! That's whats left for her after the ad company she signed with takes her revenue!

Now, attention all ranchers: marry me, I can write, I can take pictures, I can even make a good pot roast. Its the recipe for success!
 

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Sorry Roy Rogers and Gene Autry... Most real cowboys back in the day and even now arent prettily coiffed, white, and sing well. Most were hispanic or black and very rough and hardy and smoked so much tobacco that they had a voice as soft as gravel.

If you buy your boots to wear only with a cute dress or when you go to a country music concert, you are not a cowboy... thanks Tailor Swift. This latest fashion trend just plain bothers me for some reason, Imo it is as odd as when everyone thought horseback riders wore lion tamer pants.

If the closest you ever get to a real cow is either running a straight line in a rodeo arena or on a Whopper or sitting on your leather and nailhead studded sofa complete with concho detail, you are not a cowboy.

Urban Cowboy...psh.
 

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haha I like cowboy boots and dresses! Even though my cowboy boots I have for dresses wouldn't last a minute on a ranch......lol! There's so many wannabes around here I don't even notice anymore,haha.
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