THE QUESTION OF THE DAY IS....
Last month we learned that a Buckaroo is a special kind of cowboy. The word “Buckaroo” is the American way of saying the Spanish word for "cowboy".
The Spanish cowboys who came to America hundreds of years ago had their own special style of handling cattle and their own special gear for working with horses.
Over the years, a lot of Vaquero gear has become so popular that lots of people just call it Buckaroo or American cowboy gear, but that's not really accurate. The cowboys and cowgirls you see at rodeos probably aren't wearing real Buckaroo gear.
So, where can you see the real thing nowadays? You'll find them out west, where cowboys and their horses work long, hard days on ranches in Wyoming and surrounding states.
They often wear Buckaroo-style hats and chinks, and ride A-fork saddles with post horns and bucking rolls. Their gear may have lots of silver and is fancier than you’d see in other parts of the country.
And just WHERE is the American West?
The red-outlined area in the picture below shows the American West, but not all of that area has been important in the history of wild horses, Buckaroos, cowboys and cowgirls.
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