What’s Your Definition of a Cowgirl?

What is Your Idea of a Cowgirl?

We were having a discussion in the office today about each person’s definition of a cowgirl…

My definition is: A cowgirl is a woman that can saddle up and rope – whether at a branding or doctoring cattle in the pasture.

What’s your definition?

6 thoughts on “What’s Your Definition of a Cowgirl?

  1. Many years ago, I remember reading an article about Jerri Duce. The author wrote that she had equality long before Women’s Lib. That was because of her skills, not because she listened to country music or dressed the part. It’s the same as anything else western; there’s a lot of wannabees out there and living on an acreage doesn’t necessarily do it.

  2. I’m the mother of a cowboy, but I wasn’t raised as one. When we go to visit him we go for a ride with him. I don’t saddle the horse I will be riding, or brand or doctor horses. I like hearing about every experience of his cowboy life and I have learned so much. I think if I had a second chance in life I could be a true cowgirl. I did have a pony when I was a child, and I rode it bare back.

  3. I think by Terri’s definition that there are very few cowgirls left then. I also think that there are allot of professional rodeo cowboys that wouldn’t qualify based on those qualifications. To me, “Cowboy” is an attitude, a lifestyle choice. Being a cowboy or girl requires a certain level of respect, for yourself, your animals, your acquaintances and the environment around you. It’s being a good neighbour, whether that is on a 3000 acre ranch, a 3 acre parcel or a 3rd floor apartment. My definition involves a firm handshake that includes direct eye contact and a nod, and knowing that that handshake is more binding than anything a lawyer could write up because it has their word attached to it.

  4. Dean, there’s lots of cowgirls out there, you just can’t see them from your office. At most of the brandings I go to in Southern Saskatchewan probably half of the heelers are of the female variety, and they’re damn good ropers.

  5. There is usually some females entered in the Ranch Rodeos around the country. People enter Ranch Rodeos for fun but they also want to win, so in these cases it’s obvious that having a gal on your team is not a handicap. Besides, it’s a more authentic illustration of how things get done on the home place. I’d call those girls or ladies,
    “Cowgirls”.
    I’d say the term “Cowgirl” is a ‘job description’ or ‘skill set’ more than a philosophy.

  6. As long as you love and respect the land and the lifestyle then you can be a cowgirl. That is as long as you don’t wear a pink cowboy hat!

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