Cowboying & Buckarooing: Trade Secrets of a North American Icon

Cowboying & Buckarooing: Trade Secrets of a North American Icon

by Tim O'Byrne, Kathy Swan

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Not since Fay E. Ward's Working Cowboy has there been a book that better explains the techniques and skills a horseman needs to master to become a modern-day working cowboy.
There are distinct differences between cowboys and buckaroos. In addition, there's a third hybrid version that embraces the best of both styles. The differences between these styles, and the similarities as well, are explained. Chapters include everything a cowboy or cowgirl needs to know in order to function in a twentyfirst century ranch or feedlot setting.
This book should appeal to the vast number of cowhands and ranchers that already work with cattle on horseback, as well as weekend cowboys who show a keen desire to do so by either helping out with neighbors or visiting guest ranches on a working vacation. Technique and etiquette are equally important in the cowboy and buckaroo trade. Furthermore, this book should also serve as an invaluable educational resource manual in many extension seminars held at feedlots, colleges, and high schools across North America dealing with the handling of horses, cattle, and dogs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780911647679
Publisher: Western Horseman, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 08/05/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tim O'Byrne has gathered most of his beef cattle and horse experience while holding management positions on Canada's largest commercial cow-calf and feedlot operations. He and his wife Christine began their consulting business near Calgary, Alberta in 1994. Tim's first project was to develop high-school and college level extension courses dealing in livestock handling and compliance with agricultural law. Investigating the issues surrounding commercial livestock transportation appeared to be a natural next step. Tim assisted the Alberta Farm Animal Care Association, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association and Alberta Pork to design Canada's first deliverable training courses for livestock truckers. He continues to consult on livestock transportation, handling and animal welfare law. He's written a book on the working cattle dog and is a frequent contributor to Western Horseman magazine and Canadian Cattleman magazine. Tim and Christine currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Read an Excerpt

From "Jingling the Horses"

The term "jingling" the horses means to "go get the cavvy or remuda and bring them into the horse pen." In the old days, and even today on some outfits, a horse or two in the cavvy wears a bell collar overnight so the cowboys can find them in the dark. Jingling refers to the noise the bell makes when the cowboys run the horses in.

Sometimes the cowboys will catch horses in the evening and keep them in for the next day's work. Eliminating an early morning jingle allows them a quick start if a long day is planned. Jingling in the morning is the most common method of getting everyone mounted and it's not that big a deal if the camp is set up properly.

The jingle horse is usually an older broke camp horse that can't handle the long circles anymore, but is still healthy enough to ride. He lives a pampered existence in a small paddock near camp.

The guys take turns jingling throughout the week. The chosen cowboy is responsible for several important tasks. He must wake up 45 minutes before everyone else, get dressed, go out and saddle the jingle horse and head out into the pitch dark morning to bring in the cavvy. And he's not allowed to wake anyone else up while he's doing it either.

Table of Contents

The Reality of Being a Cowboy, What it Takes to Call Yourself "A Hand," A Young Cowhand's First Year, Making a Hand - The Young Cowboy is Put to the Test, Workin' the Seasons, Specialty Works, Keeping Pace with Today's Beef Production - Old Cowboys Learn New Tricks, The Feedlot Cowboy, Expert Horsemen, The Cowboy Code and the Buckaroo Way, The Life, The Future of Cowboying


Western Horseman has been the world's leading horse magazine since 1936 and is considered one of the premier publishers of equine book titles. Its reach and credibility within the horse and western lifestyle industries are unrivaled among equine publications.

Worldwide, the cowboy is an American icon. To many he's a symbol of the American spirit, independence, history, work ethic and character. Tim O'Byrne explains why in his book about the cowboy's job and way of life.

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