What is a Cowboy?
Local myth: A Cowboy would be your typical, dirty, horse riding type. He drank until he fell over; fought everyone around him, rode a horse everywhere, pushed cattle around the county, and was a lonely soul. Past and Present: In the 18th Century In reality the Cowboy didn’t dress like the Cowboys of the movies. A Cowboy wore whatever he could get his hands on. Cowboys and other laborers wore what was called “ready-to-wear” -“hand me downs”- second-hand clothing that had been discarded by the higher classes. That’s why you would not often see ranch hands riding the range wearing a suit coat or vests. The typical Cowboy hat could have been pretty much any hat of that era. The wider brims were to keep the Sun out of their eyes. A much fancier dress up with the suits was for only those with money. The origins of the Cowboy boot are well-researched and started life as riding boots for the marauding Mongol tribesmen. The Cavalry issued the Cowboy boot (as Cavalry boots), which were mass-prod
A cowboy is someone who works on a ranch handling cattle and horses. Cowboys are most closely associated with the American West, thanks to art and literature that featured the American cowboy. The exact number of modern cowboys employed is unclear, but it is certainly far fewer than in the heyday of the American West. Cowboys work actively on ranches and also compete in rodeos to demonstrate their unique skills. The term “cowboy” has been in use in English since at least the 1700s. In England, the term was used to refer to a young boy who was responsible for minding livestock. In many cultures, younger members of society are responsible for looking after livestock, because it is a relatively simple task when the livestock do not need to be moved. The modern sense of the cowboy arose when cattle raisers started to see the potential for selling their cattle in other parts of the country, where the animals could command higher prices. Cowboys drove cattle across the massive grazing ground