NOT QUITE A COWBOY

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Looks like fun, doesn’t it? Playing Cowboy

Andrea Downing

I want to make this clear straightaway: I don’t believe, by any stretch of my imagination, that visiting a guest ranch gives me any idea whatsoever of the real life of a rancher. Imagine that a curtain is hung across a window and that curtain is worn a bit thin, or perhaps even has a small tear in it—that’s the sort of view you get of ranch life. And that includes being a guest on working ranches as well. I have no idea what it’s like to get up at 5 am on a winter’s morning, saddle up, and ride out in temperatures of -27 or below to see to cattle, or stay up all night with a mare having a hard time foaling. I can’t look back on ancestors who have homesteaded the same patch of earth for four or five generations and dealt with changing governments and the…

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