Cowboying & Buckarooing: Trade Secrets of a North American Icon

Overview

The cowboy has been a subject of fascination for over a century, yet few people truly understand the nature of his work. Cowboys & Buckaroos explains in great detail the trade secrets and working lifestyle of this North American icon in a way that appeals to everyone.
Learn about starting colts using cowboy and buckaroo methods, riding feedlot pens, roping cattle and making long-circles in rough terrain. Follow the cowboy crew as they guide their cattle through the four ...

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Overview

The cowboy has been a subject of fascination for over a century, yet few people truly understand the nature of his work. Cowboys & Buckaroos explains in great detail the trade secrets and working lifestyle of this North American icon in a way that appeals to everyone.
Learn about starting colts using cowboy and buckaroo methods, riding feedlot pens, roping cattle and making long-circles in rough terrain. Follow the cowboy crew as they guide their cattle through the four seasons, each one with its own distinct challenges. Over 250 photographs document authentic working cowboys as they perform their daily tasks on million-acre mountain and desert ranches, in huge feedyards out on the Great Plains and on family ranching operations scattered from Texas to British Columbia.
Cowboy culture doesn't discriminate against any person possessing enough tenacity to saddle up, even if only for the weekend. The author left the city at age 17 and spent over 20 years working on large commercial ranch and feedyard operations across the West. Excerpts from the author's journal offer candid, firsthand accounts of his struggle to achieve the skills necessary for him to earn inclusion into the cowboy world.
Cowboys & Buckaroos serves as the modern-day definitive guide to help improve your own cowboy skills, preserve the time-honored tradition of the Cowboy Code and enhance your enjoyment of the ride.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780911647679
  • Publisher: Western Horseman, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 8/5/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,388,131
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

TIM O’BYRNE has gathered most of his beef cattle and horse experience while holding management positions on Canada’s largest commercial cow-calf and feedlot operations. He and his wife Christine began their consulting business near Calgary where Tim assisted the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, and Alberta Pork to design Canada’s first deliverable training courses for livestock truckers. He continues to consult on livestock transportation, handling, and animal welfare law. He’s written a book on the working cattle dog and is a frequent contributor to Western Horseman magazine and Canadian Cattleman magazine. Tim and Christine currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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From "Jingling the Horses"

The term "jingling" the horses means to "go get the cavvy or remuda and bring them into the horse pen." In the old days, and even today on some outfits, a horse or two in the cavvy wears a bell collar overnight so the cowboys can find them in the dark. Jingling refers to the noise the bell makes when the cowboys run the horses in.

Sometimes the cowboys will catch horses in the evening and keep them in for the next day's work. Eliminating an early morning jingle allows them a quick start if a long day is planned. Jingling in the morning is the most common method of getting everyone mounted and it's not that big a deal if the camp is set up properly.

The jingle horse is usually an older broke camp horse that can't handle the long circles anymore, but is still healthy enough to ride. He lives a pampered existence in a small paddock near camp.

The guys take turns jingling throughout the week. The chosen cowboy is responsible for several important tasks. He must wake up 45 minutes before everyone else, get dressed, go out and saddle the jingle horse and head out into the pitch dark morning to bring in the cavvy. And he's not allowed to wake anyone else up while he's doing it either.

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Table of Contents

The Reality of Being a Cowboy, What it Takes to Call Yourself "A Hand," A Young Cowhand's First Year, Making a Hand - The Young Cowboy is Put to the Test, Workin' the Seasons, Specialty Works, Keeping Pace with Today's Beef Production - Old Cowboys Learn New Tricks, The Feedlot Cowboy, Expert Horsemen, The Cowboy Code and the Buckaroo Way, The Life, The Future of Cowboying

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