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Around 1800 what did the daily work of a cowboy include?

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February 07, 2008 7:21PM

The cowboy is normally an animal herder most commonly in charge of the horses and/or cattle, whereas the wrangler's work is more specific to horses. In addition to ranch work, some cowboys work in and participate in rodeos, and many cowboys work only in the rodeo. This is a very broad question. Cowboys basically originated in Mexico. For American history of cowboys I would start by checking with the Bill Cody museum site. It also depends on when in the 1800's that you are interested in. Since until the mid-point of the century most states west of Kansas were still in the midst of the Indian wars, ranches were not a wide-spread phenomena.