Why are they called cowboys when they ride horses not cows?

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I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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13 Responses to Puzzling

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Because they are…right!

  2. lovern2012 says:

    Lol. Maybe because they round up cows.

  3. utesmile says:

    One of those unanswered questions….. probably they used to ride cows once or tried it at least.

  4. tunisiajolyn84 says:

    Ha! Good damn question. Hot dogs always perplexed me.

  5. Because they use to herd cows across country. They rode on horses because it was they only mode of transportation. This was before trains. It was quite dangerous and not as glamorous as Hollywood made it to be.

    • russtowne says:

      Thanks Shian. Yes, most people who were cowboys or in the enlisted ranks in the army were poor, often recent immigrants, and not infrequently escaping from trouble back east. The wild west was not an easy life for such folks, and the jobs available to men and women in those situations were tough, miserable, and often dangerous.

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