The true working cowboy lifestyle is still practiced on a few of America’s large ranches. These are no movie-style pretenders, but the real deal — and they’re the subject of an upcoming documentary.
From our songs to our films to our legendary stories, the cowboy has become almost a mythical figure — a man or woman riding the range on a trusty pony, watching over cattle, performing the duties of the job almost entirely from horseback, tied to the land and the animals inextricably.
While the cowboy may no longer be in his heyday, the fact remains that a lot of ranching jobs are still best performed from horseback, especially on some of the nation’s largest ranches. For a particular set of individuals, “cowboy” isn’t just a title or a costume, but a true way of life requiring a unique skill set as well as perseverance, endurance and self-discipline. A working life from the saddle is certainly not for everyone.
Some of these extraordinary individuals are the subject of an upcoming documentary called Cowboys, directed by Bud Force and produced by John Langmore. The full-length documentary is scheduled to release in 2018, and you can catch the gorgeous trailer here:
From the film’s website:
Told in the cinematic tradition of classic westerns, this feature-length documentary offers the opportunity to ride alongside modern working cowboys on some of America’s largest and most remote cattle ranches. COWBOYS documents the lives of the men and women working on “big outfit” cattle ranches – some of which are over one million acres – and still require a crew of horseback workers to tend large herds of cattle.
Narrated through first-hand accounts from the cowboys themselves, the story is steeped in authenticity and explores the rewards and hardships of a celebrated but misunderstood way of life and the challenges that lie ahead for the cowboys and ranches critical to providing the world’s supply of beef.
Filmed on locations across the American West, COWBOYS features historic ranches in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada.
Go cowboys. Go riding.