I guess the most common question asked of me is: am I a real cowboy? My answer is always the same: that depends on your own definition of what makes a cowboy a cowboy. I will tell you that I am lucky enough to know some real cowboys and I consider myself mighty lucky to be able to call them my friends. If you ever get the good fortune to meet a real cowboy, please try and be a little forgiving on his manners and edict. He may seem a little rough around the edges or a little cocky but that’s just the way a cowboy is. He has to be to live the life he’s chosen to live.
The best a cowboy can hope for is a steady job on a good sized ranch where he can earn anywhere from $1000.00 to $2000.00 a month. If he ain’t working as a steady hand on one ranch, he has to make ends meet by day working on any ranch that’s hiring that day. Day work pays anywhere from $65.00 a day to $125.00 a day, depending on the ranch, the job needing done and the location of the ranch.
That’s not much pay, when you consider that a cowboy is still responsible for his own gear, such as: 1 to5 horses at a cost of $1,500.00 to $3,000.00 each, at least 2 saddles at $800.00 to $1,500.00 each (used)/$2,000.00 to $3000.00 (new), several different head stalls for his horses at around $100.00 a peace, 4 saddle blankets at $80.00 each, spurs at about $400.00 a pair, boots at $400.00 a pair, at least 2 hats at $400.00 each, a $6,000.00 stock trailer and a $20,000 truck to pull it with. You add all this up and do the math, it’s pretty clear that a cowboy does it for the life and the love for that life and not the money.
This is just the beginning of what i can tell you about what makes a real cowboy. Stick with me and you just might learn something.
Hell, we both might.
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