I’m trying to become a cowboy. Anyone with experiance or information, please share.
There was a truck with some Sikhs in and along the side of the truck said “You’ve tried the cowboys, now try the Indians”
May I suggest you purchase a cow? At least the milk will be …
As for the ‘boy’ part; most boys aspire to become men.
If your idea of what a cowboy does comes from television you will be in for a rude shock. Handling cattle is dirty work with long hours for relativly low wages. It’s also not a little dangerous. If you are serious (and if you’re a teen or a young twentyish) there are a couple of avenues you could try.
1. Look for summer work on a small ranch (“small” varies depening on the part of the Country). Small ranchers are always looking for cheap labor. Be prepared for long hours af dirty, back breaking work, some of which may have nothing to do with cattle. If you make a good impression, the rancher will expand your duties.
2. If you’re older and are able, buy a small ranch or a hobby ranch. Hire an experienced hand and learn from him (almost always a “him”).
3. Learn to ride a horse really well. While a lot of moving around on a ranch may be by truck or 4-wheeler. The real work of cowboying is done astride.
3. Do your homework. There is plenty of modern literature on animal husbandry and ranching business.
Contact Jerry Jones and ask for a tryout.