An old cowboy friend o’mine told me once. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it ! And if the job is too hard it’s cause you’re doin it wrong.
That was the trouble with explaining with words. If you explained with gunpowder, people listened.
– Dean F. Wilson
My simple cowboy prayer:
Oh lord, I reckon I’m not much. I fail a lot of things you know I ought to do. But when I make my last ride and get life’s final call, my only hope will be, for me to hear you say “Come on my child it’s time for you to ride with me”.
No matter where life takes you never forget your fencin pliers.
Cowboy is a word reserved for someone like my grandfather, who taught me everything I know about ranching. I hope I remember half of what he tried to teach me. In the meantime, just call me a ranch hand. Cowboy should be used for someone truly great, that leaves a legacy. Hopefully I can teach my grandchildren the true meaning of what a “Cowboy” was.
I can ride it, rope it, roll it, or throw it, and I’m a pretty good windmill man.
You wouldn’t understand it; it’s a cowboy thing!!
A true cowboy knows not to panic take it all in stride.
Ain’t never seen a problem couldn’t be solved with a fast horse and a .44.
If I can’t do the running, my horse will. If I can’t do the fighting, my horse will. My gun and horse I live for ’em.
Before you start a conflict, make sure you know at which side your gun is.
Bein’ a cowboy isn’t something you put on in the morning or take off at night. Neither is it what you feed in the barn or ride on the trail. It’s more than that. It’s who you are deep down in your belly. Knowing how to treat folks. Carin’ more about your neighbor than you do about yourself because someone else cared that way about you. Its bein’ brave enough to look at fearsome things and not back down when there’s a cause to stand your ground. But mostly I guess bein’ a cowboy is about having character and doin’ right when nobody’s lookin’. I’m not a cowboy because I do cowboy stuff, but rather I do cowboy stuff because I’m an old cowboy.
Well. I suppose bein’ a cowboy ain’t about something you ride or something you wear. It’s seems like its more than that. It’s about who you are deep down in your rough old boots. It’s doin’ the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do, it’s caring about your neighbor more than you care about yourself, its about lookin’ at gods counrty and knowing it’s not there by chance, it’s about believin’ in something bigger than yourself. It’s not about showin’ off and being some kinda character, but it’s showing character when everyone else is showin’ off.
A cowboy doesn’t ride a bull for fame he rides because he loves riding.
The only person crazier than a cowboy is the woman that dates him.
I’ve been riding cows on the range ever since I could breathe. My spurs have always had jingle bobs on them and my boots have always been tall. My hats have always been flat and my ropes long. The words I have spoke have been as honest as the horse between my legs. And my life as simple as the ground I walk.
But we’re disappearing you see all the cowboys like me? Where have they all gone the real ones the gritty ones the get er done ones? If anyone wants to find me I’ll be out on the range you see? If you find me say howdy and let me know we’re not the last of a dying breed.
I can’t say I’m a cowboy because that’s just not what we do. We don’t tell everyone that we know everything and we don’t gloat that were not afraid to get dirty.
What we do shows through the pride we have in our work. The pride we have when our cattle slip in the sale ring on sale day. The quite pride we have when our horse cuts out a cow. We don’t boast or brag that we know more then the next guy. We may not have the best language around but I guarantee well stop and listen to an elder talk or open a door for a woman. We’ll talk to a child like he was our own.
Our horse is God’s gift to us. We respect every aspect of this animal yet no boasting is necessary, we show through performance. Our pickup and trailer may not be the nicest but it’s ours and that’s enough for us. Whether we back into the box or open the gate to the pasture, we will always live a simple life with our lord to thank.
Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway!
– John Wayne
I said I wanted to be a cowboy when I grew up…Mom said I would have to choose.
Spit in one hand and wish in the other, then see which one gets fuller!
If I got air miles for every unscheduled dismount I’ve had. I could fly around the world three times.
The “Cowboy hall of fame” does not have any thing to do with cowboys. Them people are rodeo people. A cow boy is a rancher. That tends to cows. And the ranch hands that work with livestock.
My dad who was a cowboy till the day he died had a saying about a few “Wanna be’s” he’d say; ” that boy wouldn’t make a pimple on a cowboy’s butt” and when I was riding a cranky or mule headed horse he’s always say; “Ride him for what he’s worth and you’ll get along fine” and I always knew what he meant and that he was right.
Trust your neighbor.. But brand your cattle.
Growin’ up, lovin’ horses with a real “Old timer” that owned 13 riding stables and 2 slaughter houses and taught me that.
“Them horses eat ‘fore you do”.
“Pen full of horses out there. Need ridin'”.
And “If it ain’t good in the stable. It’ll be good on the table!”
If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride.
Few scars on a fella can mean a lot of things. But fair chance he’s a quitter. A lot a scars can mean a few things too. But there’s a fair chance he’s never been one.
Now I’m seeing all of this stuff bout boots n spurs n stuff but to me a cowboy is just a man that does what is asked of him and puts work and other people ahead of themselves. They do the things that need to be done before they go off drinking beer or whatever they do for pleasure.
And there is one quote that I believe in: you ain’t a cowboy till you’ve worked a full cowboy day.
There are only two things you’ll see on the back of a bull. A fly and a fool.
Cowboys are gentlemen who treat women with respect and work hard. They use their manners more than any other man would and ride horse and bulls like their is no tomorrow.
I am just a teenager but I agree with the guy who said this stuff is BS but if that guy is a real cowboy why is he on a computer I haven’t met one real cowboy that knows how to work a computer.
You aren’t country without a pair of worn out leather cowboy boots. :)
If it ain’t broke don’t go to trying to fix it.
Cowboys don’t walk round callin themselves cowboys.
Any ride you come back top side, is a great ride!
Cowboys don’t cry!!
Maybe just a little bit when the dust gets in their eyes.
A cowboy is a person who loves his horse, and being out on the ranch doing the hard and dirty work, and is loyal to his girl.
I love my cowboy.
Being a cowboy ain’t about wearing your fancy spotless 50xx beaver hat or riding you horse on a manicured trail on the weekends. It’s about getting up all hours of the night to check cattle in the winter time and freezing your hands while you do it, and cutting trail through brush so thick you can’t see ten feet in front of you, it’s not about driving around in a big jacked up pickup being ignorant. It’s about holding doors for your elders and the ladies just like truecowboy says. Being a cowboy isn’t a job or a hobby that you can just pick up.
It’s a life style that you live from the day you are born.
Not to be offensive to any of you who think you are a “Cowboy” or “Cowgirl” but I agree with several posters, it doesn’t matter if your raising cattle in Montana or horses in Texas. You know if your life stops between February and June to make sure your foals/calves make it and you have a crop for next year. When this is the life that has been handed down to you from generations back, when you have been in the hospital with your own injuries and watched your friends and loved ones in the hospital, when the last thought before leaving the graveyard is “He is the last of a dying breed” and you know that they don’t make cattlemen and horsemen like him anymore. Then you might be what so many wanna be.
I my cowboys. Tall. Dark. And country!
Only a real cowboy has a chance at taming this cowgirl!;)
A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse.
Speak your mind. But ride a fast horse.:)
If someone can do it, a cowgirl can do it better.
A true cowboy is a guy who stands up for any country/cowgirl in the bar or anywhere.
He always makes time for his lady.
Through rain or snow or even drought he goes and finds his cattle.
I pull my hat brim down, and look across this land, that my daddy had given to me.
Wide open spaces, filled with trees and hills as far as the eye can see, as the sun rises, I say a thankful prayer, before my day comes to a start cause if you could see what I see, then you would know that God must be a cowboy at heart.
As I wipe the sweat, form my brow, I can’t help to fell sad, for all those city folks, who seem to have it so bad.
They can’t even walk down street without worrying if they’re gonna be robbed, stabbed or shot. I just can’t see how they do it, not knowing if they will make home or not.
Yes sir I’m feeling kinda proud here on this land, where man knows his part, and now I can’t help but to grin, cause I know for sure.. That God is a cowboy by heart.
From the time the sun rises to the time it sets, you can find a cowboy or cowgirl doing what they love best, riding the range to put food on their tables, cutting the herds to make a check, racing out of the gate to win state, but they all have the same goal, to ride God’s gift to the cowboys and cowgirls of western life style.
Sometimes the best cowboys, ain’t cowboys at all.
If it ain’t dirty, it ain’t fun.