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Y’all, you don’t need the approval of others. It’s nice to have but not necessary to achieve what you want. . Honestly, it took me a while to learn that. But, once I realized that everything I needed to get the life I want was already inside of me, I was free to pursue my dreams and my goals because I didn’t need to wait for anything. . And, here’s the secret my friend, it’s the same for you. Everything you need to be who you want to be, to achieve what you want to achieve, and to live the life you want to live is already inside you. So, how about we kick ass today? . . . . . . . . #cowboylife #cowboy #longlivecowboys #hayisforhorses #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy #haybales #hayfordays #haytruck #haytrailer #haybale #hayallday #itsallwithinyou #takingabreak #copasquat #grabaseat #shadowphotography #puffyvest
Just like with cattle, we don’t always know why someone does something or says something. And we probably aren’t gonna find out, so just move on. You’ll be happier for it! . . . . . . . #cowboyaccountant #cowboywisdom #westernwednesday
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Without ranch land there is no cowboy. And so the cowboy literally owes his life and his calling to the land. In that, the cowboy and the land he roams are inseparable. . “Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.” - Joseph Conrad . . . . . . . #americancowboy #texascowboy #ranchlife #cowboylife #respecttheland #respecttheenvironment #respectnature #leavealegacy #cowboywisdom #wisdomoftheday #wisdomquotes #wisdomquote #cowboyaccountant #rangeland #ranchlands #protecttheenvironment #protecttheland #protecttheearth #protecttheplanet #respectmotherearth #cowboyculture #carefortheplanet #carefortheearth #environmentalist #environmentallyconscious #motherearth #leaveitbetterthanyoufoundit #agriculturelife #environmentallyfriendly
They say home is where you hang your hat. Well for others of us, our office is wherever we place our laptop. Some days serving clients, you just gotta improvise and work from the hood of a truck! . This wool @schaeferoutfitterusa jacket is always in my truck for when I need to look a bit more, umm, respectable. . Have a great day y’all. We’re making it through the work week! . . . . . . . #cpalife #farmaccounting #texasfarmsandranches #accountingservices #gettingworkdone #cowboylife #ranch #cowboy #cowboyaccountant #menswesternwear #westernwednesday #texascowboy #cowboystyle #workiswhereyouparkit #lovemyclients #agribusiness #workingfortheweekend #livingthelifeilove #cowboyhat #cowboystyle #westernwear #dowhatyoulovelovewhatyoudo #accountantsofinstagram #schaeferoutfitter #resistolhats #resistol #workingonthego #wednesdaywork #tweedjacket #remoteworking
Y’all, we can all find something to complain about now and again. It’s actually pretty easy if you think about it. . But, whenever you feel like complaining just remember that there are tens of thousands of others out there who are literally taking their final breaths on this planet. . And, they would give most anything to have some of our problems. Have a great day! . . . . . . . . #americanwest #cowboys #cowboylife #cowboy #longlivecowboys #oldwisdom #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #dontquitonyourself #noquitting #noquitters #tuesdaythoughts #tuesdaytransformation #nocomplaints #nocomplaining #ingratitude #begratefuleveryday #begratefulalways #wisdomquotes #wisdomoftheday #wisdoms #wisdomquote #wisdomwords #cowboyup #neverquit #neverquitting #cowboystrong #cowboying
It’s Monday and y’all know what that means! Time to saddle up and head out for the work week. Time to continue the progress on making your dreams come true. And, time to make time for the important things in your life. Let’s go get it! . P.S., Whiskey stands a full 15.2 hands tall, so yep, I always have to duck! 😂 . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #bayroan #cowboylife #cowboyshit #horseshit #cowboyaccountant #horseback #americancowboy #texascowboy #horsebarn #horsestall #ridingout #headingout #mondaysbelike #mondayshenanigans #donttrythisathome #donttrythisathomekids #quarterhorse #americanquarterhorse #westernhorse #makeyourownpath #steppingout #mondaymornings #horsebackrider #offtowork #offtoworkigo #horsingaround #ridethathorse #rideahorse
Ever met someone who immediately impressed you? Chances are it’s because of the way they expressed themselves. Great leaders are great listeners. But, they are also always thinking. . Like a duck that is calm on the surface but paddling like Hell below the surface, impressive people tend to look and talk slower but are faster thinkers. . Think about that for a minute. See what I did there? . . . . . . . . . . . . #ranchfence #cowboy #cowboyaccountant #cowboywisdom #americancowboy #texascowboy #thinkfirst #thinkfast #talkslow #cowboylogic #sundaythoughts #sundaythought #greatleaders #leadershipskills #thinkaboutit #thinkbeforeyouspeak
It’s Friday y’all and even Whiskey’s glad it’s here (if you can’t tell). So, get out there and have some fun this weekend! . . . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #bayroan #hancockbred #hancockhorses #cowhorse #ropinghorse #ropingpractice #cowboylife #horses #cowboyaccountant #horseback #saddlebred #saddleup #cowhorsesofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #getbackonthehorse #horsefun #ropingpractice #saddle #saddlehorn #readyfortheweekend #workingfortheweekend #horsingaround #aqhaproud #westernriding #quarterhorse #quarterhorsesofinstagram #americanquarterhorse #cowboyhorse

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The most essential tool the early cowboy used in working livestock was a rather mongrel-like herd animal referred to as a cow pony.  These horses of the early west were half wild, but wholly sturdy and well-suited for the long days on the open untamed range.  You see, before the development of the American quarter horse as a distinct breed, most cow ponies came from the open range and were an odd collection of mustangs (from the Spanish word mesteño meaning wild or untamed) and U.S. Cavalry remounts and Eastern-bred domesticated horses. Later, colonial “quarter horses” were cross bred with these western cow ponies, and pioneers found that the new crossbreed had innate “cow sense” or a natural instinct for working with cattle, making it popular with cattlemen of the early American West.

Early foundation horses

Early foundation sires of the quarter horse type were Steel Dust, foaled in 1843; Old Sholoh, foaled in 1844; and Peter McCue, foaled in 1895. The main duty of the ranch horse in the American West was working cattle. Even after the invention of the automobile, horses were and still are irreplaceable for handling livestock on the open range and in the cattle pen. Thus, major Texas cattle ranches, such as the King Ranch, the Four Sixes and the Waggoner Ranch played a significant role in the development of the modern quarter horse.

Photo: True West Magazine.

But, back to the predecessor of the commonly-used quarter horse, the cow pony who roamed free until about the age of four, when the cowboys would come out to the corral of wrangled horses, and work them through a kind of brutal, nerve shattering basic training known as breaking or busting. This process of busting a horse was quite literally to break the animals’ wild spirit through lessons of fear and respect for the cowboy. Carried out by bronc busters, who sometimes were particularly saddle-worthy cowboys, the lessons were ones the horses would surely never forget! And, while modern methods of horse training have largely done away with such seemingly barbaric methods, in their day they had their place in taming both the mustangs of the West and in the western frontier itself.

Horses have a unique way of communicating a message

Whiskey and me.

I’ve written before about my horse, Whiskey, and her bloodline as a descendant of Joe Hancock. At five-years old, she has plenty of spirit to her, which is accompanied by a willing work ethic and a unique aptitude for tracking all manner of things and in the process doing her job, a job she very much enjoys. But, at only five-years old and with plenty of Hancock spirit, she can also sometimes act like a petulant teenager who occasionally tries to test me and my authority. Now, I can assure you we are willing partners in a mutually-beneficial relationship, but when I’m in the saddle, I am and must be the greater among equals.

Most days Whiskey is an unflappable, hard-working, and patient mount. She teaches me and I train her, and our partnership is a very special one that continues to get better with time. On occasion, though, her teenage spirit temporarily gets the better of her like it did a few nights back. While putting her through several working drills in close quarters with other horses, she decided that she had had enough of this seemingly pointless game. Big kick. Small buck. A toss of her head and a few spins that would make any reining horse proud, and before I know it I was hanging on for dear life not unlike the bronc busters in the old mustang corral. After a few seconds, I got to thinking I might actually save myself and stay horseback, when she gave me one last turbospin and off I came. THUD!

Horses by their nature are not mean, especially to the one who feeds them. Horses by their very nature are caring, herd animals. Horses are thoughtful and they are gentle. And, while my mare is normally good-natured, willing, smart and patient, on this evening, she was trying to tell me something and I wasn’t listening. That is until she made her point perfectly clear in the unique manner that only a 1,100 pound spirited teenager can: get off of me!

Horses can teach us to listen

So, after dusting myself off, climbing back in the saddle and going for a few trots and a few lopes around the training pen so we could kiss and make up, I started to consider how my not listening to Whiskey ended in a rough “unintended dismount.” What was she trying to tell me, but more importantly, why did I not understand that she was trying to communicate to me? Simply put, why was I not listening?


“Surely there is value to be gained from trying to find that which binds us rather than that which divides us.”

– The Cowboy Accountant

I think often in our lives, we may think we know the answer, or may not find value in the words and wisdom of others. It seems like in modern society, we spend more time seeing who can yell the loudest rather than who can listen the best.

Politicians, media, and celebrities seem hyper-focused of late on talking the loudest and the quickest rather than on patiently and thoughtfully listening to an opposing viewpoint to consider its merits. I’m not suggesting anyone should be unfaithful to their convictions, and I’m not one to comment on politics or on the lives of others. But, surely there is value to be gained from trying to find that which binds us rather than that which divides us? And, I believe that listening helps us do just that.

A valuable lesson learned

An old west cowboy and his horse.

As many times before, my horse taught me a lesson that evening. A valuable lesson that will stay with me long after my sore body heals and my pride recovers. The lesson that there is immense value in the simple act of listening. Listening at work. Listening at home. Listening to friends and family. Listening to others who’s views are different than mine. And, yes, listening to my horse. While the impacts of not listening may not be as rugged as getting tossed from a horse, they are still negative impacts that are largely avoidable.

And, I believe we can be better as a people if we sometimes listened more and talked less. So, I’m going to focus more effort on listening, with a goal of improving my skills as a listener as well as a horseman. For the cowboy, I believe his most essential tool is his horse. Or maybe it’s his ability to listen.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Until we visit next time, happy trails! ★


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2 comments on “What’s a Cowboy’s Most Essential Tool?

  1. Ms. Wanda says:

    Mr. Cowboy Accountant, I definitely appreciated your article in reminding us that 2-way COMMUNICATION is KEY in EVERY RELATIONSHIP! And, you are so right that the skill of LISTENING isn’t practiced as much as it is needed in relationships. I can relate this to so many areas…Divorce, broken families, conflicts on the job, and even more importantly the relationship we are to have with Jesus Christ. Thanks for a very relatable post!

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