When people think of cowboys, they envision wide-open spaces, camping under the stars, and flashy horseback riding. In reality, cowboying is plain hard work. Ranching men and women tend cattle through winter blizzards and under desert suns, roping, herding, calving, feeding, doctoring, and more. They suffer through hard times and broken bones because they love their work, not because they are waiting to ride off into the sunset.
For twenty years, Darrell Arnold traveled the United States, from Lebanon, Tennessee, to Pie Town, New Mexico, capturing on film and audiotape the day-to-day lives of cowboys and ranchers. Arnold organizes the 125 black-and-white photographs and 170 quotes by such western themes as horses, neighbors, ranch economics, saddlemaking, and family life.
The Cowboy Kind separates myth from reality, letting the words and photos of ranch people reveal the heart and soul of contemporary cowboy life. As veteran actor and horseman Richard Farnsworth says in the foreword, even "with America now in the computer age...the cowboy still endures."
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Darrell Arnold is the publisher and editor of Cowboy Magazine, the quarterly publication by, for, and about the working ranch cowboy. Prior to launching this publication in 1990, Arnold worked as an associate editor at Western Horseman, and as a feature editor of The Texas Longhorn Journal. Born and raised in the ranching country of southern Colorado, Arnold has been a lifelong student and advocate of the cowboy way of life. He has a master's degree in Western American history at Western State College in Gunnison. Arnold lives in La Veta, Colorado, and regularly attends cowboy poetry gatherings and ranch rodeos.Review:
"[This book takes] the reader within arms length of the hard, but rewarding, life of the modern man on horseback." --Bill Garwood, True West
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Book Description Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0878424415