The Cowboy at Work: All About His Job and How He Does It

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9781620875841: The Cowboy at Work: All About His Job and How He Does It

A detailed, illustrated manual for anyone interested in cowboys—or for anyone who wants to be one.

What is the difference between bronc busting and mustanging? How do you assemble a branding iron? Which items are included in a traditional southern roundup outfit? Why don’t American riders on the East Coast use the California method when teaching a horse to stand? You’ll find the answers to these questions—and many, many more—in this manual.

Drawing on more than seventy years of experience, Fay E. Ward describes the day-to-day life of an old-time cowboy in The Cowboy at Work. This fully illustrated guide provides cowboy and Western enthusiasts with information about making and reading branding marks, rigging packsaddles, “learning” horses to turn, lassoing (backhand, slip, and sneak catches), and choosing the appropriate saddles, horns, forks, stirrups, and chaps for your ride.

Ward provides readers with a thorough history of everything from cowboy garb to outfitting materials used by past horse wranglers and rough-string riders.
600 b/w illustrations

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Fay E. Ward was born in Iowa and raised in South Dakota. When he was in sixth grade, he ran away from the home of his adoptive father and started his career as a cowboy. Throughout the years, he worked as a horse wrangler, a bronc buster, and a rough-string rider. He explored the territory between Alberta, Canada, and the border of Mexico on horseback for more than seventy years. Later, he would write about his experiences for magazines and newspapers, creating drawings to accompany his articles. He died in 1979 at the age of ninety-one.


““Here is a book by a man who knows what he’s talking about. Fay Ward, an old time bronc buster, rough-string rider, cowhand, and wrangler, has roped, thrown, and hogtied an astonishing passel of facts and herded them into a vivid corral of cow country Americana.”” (Chicago Sun Tribune)

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