Tall boots, a wide-brimmed hat and a scarf around the neck, as well as an invariable six-shot colt – of course, we are talking about cowboys. During the existence of this profession, cowboys have become the most recognizable symbol of America, their images are imprinted in books and films, and the romance of the Wild West haunts many in our utilitarian age! In the state of Montana, the Montana Horses company operates today, which is engaged in the distillation of horses! Her workers are the last of the Mohicans to support a fading culture.
The era of cowboys began in 1865, when it was necessary to drive away giant feral herds of bulls, mainly in Texas, to theft. Later, cowboys drove cattle from cattle-breeding areas to the nearest railway station. Cattle were driven along the desert prairies, so meetings with the Indians or white bandits were inevitable. Continue reading
If you ask the first comer “Who is a cowboy?”, Then in 99% of 100 you will hear a very short and firm answer: “A tough guy riding a horse, wearing a hat and a revolver.” Those who answer in this way will be partly right, since it is precisely this image, fanned by a halo of romance, that for a century we have been seeing on cinema screens, book pages and colorful advertising posters. Dressed up with a needle, an unflappable hero with a pair of colts, a regular at drinking companions and a fierce participant in dizzying chases and shootings, these are typical examples of the “tough guy” we see in most films about the Wild West. But was the cowboy’s life really easy and easy? To understand this issue, you should take a short excursion to the United States of the XIX century – the era of the dawn of American cowboys. Continue reading