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It was not
so long ago when the old-time working cowboy was kissing his sweetheart goodbye
and he would head out on the open trail. These drifting cowboys commonly signed
on to drive thousands of head of cattle long distances without modern
conveniences and working from the back of a horse. Those incredible drives could
take as long as one year. The pace was slow, averaging two or three miles per
hour. A 1,500 mile journey might take 4 months and then a cowboy had to trail
the entire distance back home.
The trail was hard work with no Sundays or holidays. A buckaroo was up before
the sun and still in the saddle many times after dark. He took his meals, sleep,
bathroom breaks and small comforts in the open and on the run. Wind, rain and
sun were unavoidable and met head on. The trail hand also took his turn "night-
hawking". This chore meant babysitting the cow herd at night which boils down to
a great deal less sleep. Trail herding as you can see was a tough row to hoe
with hard work and low pay. It was also a lifestyle. It was a lifestyle of
freedom where the best cowboys took pride in their work and in their dress. For
the top cow punchers it was about being the best at a trade, a trade we call
cowboy Top hands from Texas, the Southwest and including the Vaqueros of
California developed an art form of cattle handling, roping, bits, saddles
clothing and equitation that we call horse-man-ship. From this old time pride
the modern equine events have evolved. Bronc riding, roping, cutting, barrel
racing, dressage, jumping, pleasure classes, trail classes, ranch rodeos and
more. It is about being the best and each one revolves around the horse and
It still goes on today although the modern cowboy has made some changes. The
modern day cowpuncher, Rodeo hand or horseman is in many cases as apt with his
cell phone, fax or computer as he is with his rope or his horse. Many top hands
are computer literate and sell themselves in magazines and websites. Although my
cowboy pride keeps me from it, many cowboys ride with their cell phones as handy
as their reins. In the old days the country was open and unfenced. A man was
free to ride when and where he pleased. The only unfenced and open range today
is the highway and the sky. Modern day traveling cowboys make the most of both
of them in private and commercial jets or in trucks and trailers that easily
value over $100,000.00; he racks up and logs thousands of miles in the air and
on the road.
It is not uncommon for me to do a demonstration in front of 1000 people in
California on Friday and be giving a private clinic on a ranch in Texas on
Saturday. So goes the life of a cowboy gypsy. It is a fast-paced quick moving
lifestyle that sometimes seems like a blur. It is motels, sleeping bags and all
night drives. It is photo finishing into your destination with just enough time
to "chap up" and work a rank old colt in front of an enthusiastic crowd. What a
But in the long run and in the end it is still about the same thing it was about
150 years ago. With all the traveling and all the exposure to radio, TV and
magazines the bottom line is still like the old days; it is about the quality of
a cowboy's work that counts. The work only continues to come, not by just
"talking the talk" but you need to "walk the walk".
The tradition of horsemanship and its way of life is about an individual's work
and the horse being a reflection of that individual. The horse is only as good
as the trainer and seeks the level of the rider, be it good or bad. The best
cowboys accept the challenge of horsemanship and rise to the occasion. Doing
things right is not always the easy trail, but just like the old times it is the
tough trail that teaches us the most. The toughest horses are the best teachers.
The old navy men used to say, "A calm sea never made a great sailor." Cutting
legend Pat Patterson said, "The horse and cow business is a workhouse everyday."
Great and aspiring horse people keep an open mind and a positive attitude
through good times and bad, through highs and lows. Cowboying is still about a
solid work ethic. It is about your word and your reputation and being able to
honor both with a handshake. After all, honor is a principal that builds great
relationships like a relationship bond between men, women, horses, livestock and
the land. Whether you are on the ranch, the road or in the office a guy can
still be a cowboy because being a real cowboy is a way of life and about keeping
this way of life alive. It is a tradition the old-time cowboys fought for and
believed in. It is our turn to keep it and preserve it.
Some people say cowboying is extinct. I think it is growing! In the sixties and
seventies it might have gone into remission but thanks to people like Roy
Rogers, Casey Tibbs, Larry Mahan, Ray Hunt, Tom Dorrance, Ty Murray, Red
Steagall and thousands more, it has comeback. I think the old-timers would be
proud and happy to know how cowboys and horse are going strong and getting
In the spirit of the old cowboys, I challenge you to keep the tradition and
"cowboy-up" in what ever field you choose. Like the singer-song writer Jewel
says in one of her songs, "Keep on going till we run out of road."
Keep on riding!
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Bluff Dale, TX 76433