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The west was won because our forefathers stood their ground. Like them, always stay true to your beliefs, your convictions, and your faith. And, have a great day amigo. . . . . . . . . #americanwest #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranchlife #ranchlifestyle #cowboy #western #westtexas #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #westernwednesday #americancowboy #texascowboy #livingmyownwestern #howthewestwaswon #cowboystyle #vaquero #westernstyle #wayoutwest #texashillcountry #texaslife #texasstyle #texaspride #cowboygear #cowboy_features #rancher
It’s been said that the real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money. . Well, that got me to thinking about the type of wealth I want to build. One based on money or one based on family, friends, health, and a joyful way of life? . I believe even in these unusual times (and especially in these unusual times), we can all become very wealthy by simply redefining what wealth means to us. . For you, is it time outdoors for some fresh air, time to play games around the kitchen table, or maybe time to simply gain more knowledge by reading a good book (remember those)? . So, tell me friend, what wealth are you building today? 👇🏼 . . . . . . . #americanwest #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranchliving #livingmyownwestern #cowboyaccountant #horselifestyle #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #wisdomquotes #wisewordsoftheday #doubleyourmoney #weekendwisdom #wisdomquote #cowboywayoflife #moneyquotes
Of all the things I have to accept in my life, I pray silently that God will never let me know the last time I get to ride this horse. . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #stockhorse #cowhorse #americanwest #aqhaproud #aqhamare #bayroan #hancockhorses #hancockbred #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranch #cowboylifestyle #horses #westernlife #cowboyaccountant #horseback #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy #meandmyhorse #horsebackriding #horsebackrider #takingabreak #cowboyhorse #roanhorses
When things get tricky, it’s time to get focused. . In life, and in horsemanship, sometimes things need to be perfect and sometimes they can be good enough. Experience will help guide your focus. Make it a great day my friend! . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #americanwest #bayroan #westernheritage #cowboylife #cowboy #horses #westernlife #cowboyaccountant #horseback #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #westernwednesday #americancowboy #texascowboy #saddleup #cowboyhat #cowboyhats #thisoldhat #weliveiteveryday #forlandforlife #tackingup #wildrags #saddlehorse #saddlehorn #cowboyway #cowboy_features
Thankful and positive. Every day. No matter what comes our way. (Hey, that rhymes!) . For many years, I would ask negative questions like, “What’s the 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙩 that could happen?” or “Why 𝙙𝙤𝙣’𝙩 we try this?” . I realized that every time I said those negative words out loud (or even in my head) I was fueling more negativity. I was feeding it. I was accepting it in my life. . So, I made a commitment to myself several years ago, to adopt a thankful, positive attitude in my words, my thoughts, and my actions. And, you know what? A positive mindset gets positive results. . If you’re thinking this is just a bunch of psychological babbling, maybe you’re right. But, here’s the thing: it works! . So, consider doing your best every day to be thankful and positive. And, in that, you’ll be happier. Especially in these unique times! . Bronco Brush Jacket x @schaeferoutfitterusa . . . . . . #ranchhorse #cowhorse #cowboyhorse #cowboywayoflife #aqhaproud #aqhamare #bayroan #hancockhorses #hancockbred #quarterhorse #stockhorse #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranchlife #cowboylifestyle #myhorseandme #wayoutwest #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy #mondayinspiration #cowboyhat #brushcoat #livingmyownwestern #forlandforlife
Each one of us only gets 24 hours in a day. Nothing more, nothing less. How will you spend yours today? . . . . . . . #americanwest #cowboys #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranchlife #cowboy #longlivecowboys #westernlife #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #thursdayquotes #americancowboy #texascowboy #spendyourtimewisely #ranchroping #goafteryourdreams #cowboyliving #cowboylifestyle #wisdomquotes #wisdomquote
No matter what, we always reserve the right to be happy. The outlook for everything that happens in our lives is based solely on how we see it in that moment. So, keep your head up. . . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #americanwest #aqha #bayroan #stockhorse #cowhorse #cowboyhorse #cowboylife #ranchlifestyle #cowboylifestyle #horses #livingmyownwestern #cowboyaccountant #horseback #horsebackriding #westernlifestyle #westernwednesday #americancowboy #texascowboy #livingthemoment #cowboywork #happyishealthy #cowboywayoflife
They’ve had to cancel all the sortings, shut down all the rodeos, and cut off all the arena lights, but we still have this time together. And, for that I’m thankful. . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #cowhorse #cowboyhorse #cowboyway #cowboywayoflife #aqha #bayroan #hancockbred #quarterhorse #stockhorse #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranchlife #cowboylifestyle #horses #wayoutwest #cowboyaccountant #horseback #horsebackriding #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy
Time to get focused. Time to get to work (the best you can). But, most importantly, it’s a great time to focus on all the good in your life. Have a great day y’all! . . . . . . . #americanwest #westernheritage #cowboylife #ranch #cowboy #longlivecowboys #horsebarn #horsestalls #horsestable #cowboyaccountant #ranchwork #farmwork #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy #livingmyownwestern #barnlife #barnwood #barnwork #barnchores #gettingworkdone #focusonthegood #mondaymornings

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A few weeks back I spent some time at a rodeo. And, while being a spectator and fan of rodeo is nothing new to me and many of my friends, this particular rodeo was a bit different. While there were a few professional cowboys competing that sunny, warm day, there were many more lawyers, doctors, salesmen, construction professionals and small business owners in the arena. It was fun to watch.

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Several events are easily recognizable to those who follow traditional rodeos and the events that borrow from work done on the cattle ranch. Other events, though, were a bit more, umm, creative. As my eyes were glued to the men and their horses on the arena dirt in front of me, I noticed that sometimes, despite the competitor’s best efforts, the run was less than successful. Running out of time, not catching the livestock, or running afoul of the rules, there were more than a few frustrated looks on the faces of these amateur cowboys competing that day. But, they kept going. They kept competing. They never gave up.

Many people ask me what makes one a cowboy? Is it their occupation, their clothing, or their attitude? Is one born as a cowboy or does one become a cowboy by signing some piece of parchment in an old, leather bound “cowboy ledger?” Online sources describe a cowboy as one who “is an animal herder who tends to cattle on ranches in North America, traditionally horseback, and often performs a multitude of other ranch-related tasks.”

Cowboys have a long history

The historic American cowboy of the late 19th century arose from the vaquero traditions of northern Mexico and early California, and became a figure of special significance and legend. In addition to ranch work, modern cowboys work for or participate in rodeos, sing western music, or otherwise immerse themselves in a western way of life.

The cowboy has deep historic roots tracing back to Spain and the earliest European settlers of the Americas. Over the centuries, differences in topography, climate and the influence of cattle-handling traditions from multiple cultures created several distinct styles of equipment and tools, clothing and horsemanship. As the everyday cowboy adapted to an increasingly modern world, the cowboy’s equipment and techniques likewise adapted, although many classic traditions are proudly and doggedly preserved to this day.

We are fortunate to experience these traditions when we see a cowboy, replete with his hat, high-heeled western boots and faded denim jeans throw his well-worn saddle over a horse’s back. Cowboys are unique to North America and are as treasured an icon as I can find. Most little kids I know love to meet a real cowboy, and history has shown equal amounts of respect and admiration for the cowboy. But, still, what makes a cowboy?

Cowboys don’t give up

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Photo by David Stocklein.

While there are many different people who may claim to be a cowboy, I believe what truly makes a cowboy, a cowboy is his refusal to give up. No matter the obstacles, no matter the circumstances, or weather, or lack of experience, or hard luck, or fear, all cowboys possess one unique quality, commonly called “try.”

The dictionary describes the word “try” as a verb: “To make an effort to do or accomplish (something); an attempt.” For those of the working ranch, try when used as a noun is expanded to mean an attitude of constant effort. Spend even a little bit of time around a working ranch and you’ll hear “There’s a lot of try in that hand” or “He’s got guts and he’s got try.” For the rest of us, try is well-described as the blend of grit, guts and heart we need to succeed in progressively tough, competitive times. It’s a willingness to keep going when facing insurmountable obstacles. It’s an attitude of never giving up even after experiencing failure upon failure. It’s ultimately, part of our human instinct of survival – the fight part of fight or flight – passed to all of us from a time when large animals roamed the planet and we were their prey.


“Strength doesn’t come from physical capacity, but from indominable will.”

– Anonymous

In a society where sometimes we tend to give up too easily and choose our flight instinct, I think trying harder has lost some of its appeal. Now there are those who face incredible odds and eventually persevere, but at the same time, too many of us give up when faced with huge challenges, be it in our relationships, in our work, or in the daily act of living life. I’m not blaming anyone, mind you, and I’m certainly not being critical of the decisions made by another.

Be like the cowboy

I guess I’m just saddened when I see someone give up a bit too early before they’ve tasted the hard-earned accomplishments bestowed on those who keep at it. I wish for them, and for myself at certain times, that they would keep going just a bit longer so that they may accomplish remarkable things, and through that process, find the inspiration to achieve their dreams, conquer a daunting challenge, or find their inner purpose. I wish they had a little more try in them.

So, for me, the next time I see a cowboy (or cowgirl) I’ll take a moment to marvel at their indominable try. And if you see someone, even without boots, jeans or a western hat, who exhibits a won’t-quit-never-give-up-even-if-I-die-trying attitude, you might just pay them the compliment of referring to them in that moment as a “cowboy.” Until next time, happy trails! ★


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3 comments on “What Makes a Cowboy?

  1. Vern Moore says:

    Love this brief story. Great description. Thank you……from a Christian Cowboy

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    1. Thank you very much. I count myself fortunate to have met so many true cowboys in my life.

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