Rodeo is one of the oldest sports to exist in the United States; with the first rodeo being held in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1872. Baseball is the only sport older than it. Today, many people and organizations are trying to shut down rodeo because they claim it is cruel to animals. The sport of rodeo is not cruel to animals through the care and treatment of the livestock and performance horses. Some say that rodeo is a cruel sport.
The Day the Cowboys Quit is novel by Elmer Kelton rooted on the proceedings of the strike that happened at old Tascosa in the state of Texas Panhandle during 1883. In this Novel, Kelton sketches in a very exceptional and appealing fashion the political, public, and financial transformations that were happening in the years previous to and subsequent to the great Civil War in Texas. The cowboys as depicted in this novel have been long symbolized and cherished as their liberty. The story mentioned in the book takes place in the year 1883 but it is significant to comprehend how cowboy and ranches clans led their life before the sequence of events. For about thirty to forty years preceding this time phase a cattle trade could be initiated with a tiny herd of cattle.
The Dark Sky With the winter storm being blown and the eerie darkness of the night, this was no fairytale of the cowboy riding through a sunny open range. The author’s purpose in Blood Meridian was to inform and describe the harsh reality of the hardships cowboys faced in their everyday lifestyle. Cormac Mccarthy makes it realistic to clear up the misconceptions that are usually connected to the glorious life of a cowboy. When most people think of a cowboy, they think of them as the brave hero of the town, but Mccarthy turns it all around by shining a light on the brutal truth. He says, “They cut the throats of the pack animals and jerked and divided the meat.” It shows that they are uncivilized and have to live like wild animals.
They saw it as an opportunity out of the reservation, believing that they would travel the world (Silko 72), and they were promised by the recruiter that they would “be eligible for everything” (Silko 65). Rocky, who was Tayo’s cousin, was one of the young men who fell victim to the lies and enlisted in to the U.S. Army. He convinced Tayo to go with him, but Tayo “had made a promise to Josiah to help with the Mexican cattle” (Silko 72) that Josiah had bought.
With both philosophies of, Carpe diem and the acronym YOLO comes an abundant amount of confusion and opinions; they are not synonyms. In agreement with the philosophy of Carpe diem, humans tend to sit and wait around instead of seizing the day or moment. Tim McGraw’s country song, “Live Like You Were Dying” is a quintessential example of Carpe diem. Lyrics such as, “I went skydiving, I went Rocky Mountain climbing, I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu” helps render to the philosophy of Carpe diem. With the phrase YOLO meaning, “you only live once” ensues teenagers, as of myself, to bypass the substantial outcomes that can happen.
The quote used is,”He saw, once and for all, that he stood no chance against a man with a club. This was his introduction to the reign of a primitive law, and he met the introduction halfway.” Buck is the main character of the story and the book follows his difficult life. Buck is a quite large dog that gets stolen and shipped to the Yukon and becomes a sled pulling dog. He was forced to leave his soft and elegant life in California to become a work animal. The quote takes place when
Most Westerns demographically take place in the West, hence the name. The setting usually consists of flat and open dry lands with plenty sagebrush in the backdrop, a small town that includes and emphasizes the sheriff’s office, the saloon, the jails, and sometimes the brothel. Additionally, essential elements that are evident in Westerns include one-on-one gun showdowns, covered wagons, cowboys and their easily distinguishable apparel, such as cowboy hats, boots and spurs, and denim. Horses, noose hangings, tumbleweed, and guns are also iconic elements. Because of its sui generis features, seeing these elements elsewhere are automatically coined to make us think of Westerns.
Chapter Two: All The Pretty Horses In spite of difference ideologies, race, nationality, and gender, All the Pretty Horses has been credited with representing a new cowboy protagonist who is coming to conflict and ruin as he rides through landscape. Although the 16 years adolescent John Grady Cole reflects the culture of Texas ranching, All The Pretty Horses responds to the frontier 's modernization. The protagonist, John Grady Cole is conscious that something is 'happing to country '. The novel concerns the disappearance of the cowboy in the wake of an increasingly urbanized American society, and the attempts of John Grady to resist it. He does this by heading southwest into Mexico, where he hopes to maintain a pastoral lifestyle.
The comedic masterpiece City Slickers debuted in theaters in 1991. The brain child of Billy Crystal, who starred in and produced the movie, City Slickers tells the illustrious tale of three men going through crises of character. To relieve themselves of their pain to do some soul searching, the men enroll in a traditional western cattle drive. The lure of being cowboys lead them westward, where they face trial and leave with life affirming success. City Slickers’s comedy revolves around the stereotypical western lifestyle and the life lessons Mitch, Phil, and Ed learn are based in the Western ideal of individualism.
The stereotype of country music is that the audience is filled with cowboys who love America and drinking beer. “Mamma`s Don`t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Ed Bruce is where the singer is describing the life of the cowboy and how they live a tough, busy, and lonely life even when they are loved. Ed Bruce is telling the audience to raise children to be doctors or lawyers, something successful unlike the lifestyle of a cowboy. The song did not reinforce or deny any stereotypes of the country music genre, but made people think that there is more to the life of a cowboy than riding horses. It made the audience take a closer look on the context of the music and their original idea of a “cowboy”.
“ The first is that typical frontier community was sociologically cohesive- a kind of persistent Lockhean husking and barn-raising. The second misconception is that these particular frontier communities were reslentlessly homicidal” (pg 218). Frontier citizens worked together to obtain railroads, manage their cattle and access to cattle trails, defend themselves and families from outlaws gangs, but also they fought among themselves for cattle, for lands, for power and wealth. Which proves the contrast between Dykstra’s research and the western legends belief. Also the homicide rate in frontier compare to modern society is lower.
“In fact, if a flank strap is drawn so tight as to be uncomfortable, the horses and bulls will likely cease to buck or not perform to the best of their ability. The best rodeo livestock are those with a natural inclination to buck for the purpose of unseating a rider. (as cited in PRCA, 2015)” Bucking horses are not wild, but they aren’t saddle-broken either. PRCA stock contractors have spent lots of time and money researching, breeding and purchasing top bucking animals. They know better than anyone that only a small percentage of animals actually have the desire to buck.