The Cowboy Way

The Cowboy Way

The Cowboy Way

 

The Cowboy Way Renee Blare

 

Have you ever watched a rodeo? It’s more than a sporting event, it’s a way of life.

The cowboys (and girls) in the arena don’t merely compete for prizes and money. They lay it all on the line, lifting their hearts and souls to the Lord…for strength to get the job done. When it’s all over, they celebrate a hard day’s work like they do the ranch. They aren’t perfect, but hold tight to family and country and give God the glory. That’s the cowboy way.

Rodeo may be a competitive sport but it’s rooted in all aspects of the word “cowboy.” What does that mean? Bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc, steer roping, calf roping, barrel racing, bull riding—these events test a cowboy skills…such things as working as a unit (horse and rider), riding ability, timing, roping, and ability to train a horse.

How is a rodeo related to “real” life? Believe it or not, on modern day ranches, steer and calf roping is used during roundup and branding operations. Well-trained horses enable the rider to move sheep or cattle down from summer grazing lands in the mountains. Bronc riding isn’t used as frequently to break horses these days—the gentle “horse whisperer” method is more preferable—but a cowboy should…no, needs…to know how to keep his seat in a saddle on a ranch.

What about when the work is done? Do cowboys gallop into the sunset? Or run like the wild horses on the plains? Isn’t that what the dime novels say? Well, let’s look to the rodeo grounds for a little insight…

Each round of events starts with prayer and the national anthem. The flag of our great nation is presented by those in uniform only to be given to a hero who sacrificed more than we’ll ever know. On Sunday, many attend Cowboy Church. The offer to join is extended to all in the stands. Meanwhile, cowboy hats abound. They dip and swag as men hold children in their arms and the action on the arena floor begins.

Wondering if you’d ever have something in common with a rough and tough man in chaps and spurs? Watch a rodeo or two. You may be surprised. Hard work, family, and faith…it’s the cowboy way.

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Renee Blare About Renee Blare

A pharmacist by trade, Renee Blare serves the community of northeastern Wyoming by day and writes any chance she can get. Nestled against the Black Hills with her husband, crazy old dog and ornery cat, she pens her Christian suspense stories and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.

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  1. Interesting post. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. It’s a culture all its own, and you’ve opened a window for those who have no experience w/rodeo life. Renee, I have to ask, does your husband ride in rodeos? Have you ever?

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  3. Loved your post, Renee. Even though I am not actively involved in the rodeo/ranching life, I live in cattle country down here in SE Colorado. The lifestyle of the ranchers and rodeo riders has always fascinated me.

    I’ve always loved westerns, whether the old TV shows or western books, and what attracts me to those stories is the very characteristics of cowboys that you talked about.

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  4. Hi Gail,
    I’ve never experienced rodeo life from the arena. I’ve grown up sitting in the stands. LOL My husband is well-versed in rodeo. He spent many hours on the back of a horse helping his mother and aunts with their rodeo competitions. His mother was a champion barrel-racer as well as his aunts. His brother-in-law was a bullfighter (rodeo clown for bullriders). We have a picture (somewhere) of him with his three sons painted up! It’s hilarious.
    When my husband rides a horse, he’s literally one with the animal. I wish he could ride today.
    It truly is an amazing thing to see.

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  5. Hi Patti,
    They are a special type of person that’s becoming rare. They work hard. It may not be an easy life, but I’d say it’s a pretty fulfilling one.

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  6. Hi Penny! You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  7. Hard work, family, and faith – sounds like my grandparents. They wouldn’t have been considered cowboys but maybe farmers. Hard work from sun up until sun down. Loving and caring for the family. Passing on a legacy of faith. I hope to pass on that kind of legacy too. Nice insights, Renee.

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  8. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Great thoughts, Renee. We live in a land of many cowboys & cowgirls (North Texas) & you’re spot on. Wichita Falls hosts a competition once a year between ranches in the area. They do things that they do every day, but strive to do better than the other ranches, everything from bronc riding to cowboy cooking. Many of them show their Christianity in action. I love that.

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  9. Farmers, ranches, cowboys…they have a lot in common. They can’t expect others to do the work for them, can they? I have a close friend who grew in Nebraska and I spent some time with her in the summer. They were farmers. Hard, hard work. Thanks, Paula!

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  10. They are very competitive people, Janet! I think it’s in their blood! LOL That is so cool about the ranch competitions. Rodeos started in much the same way. I bet you could hear some awesome stories behind the chutes. How cowboys love to tell tall tales! I love to listen to them.

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