The Culture of The American West

Cowboy Culture

The Culture of the American West developed from the lifestyle of ranchers and farmers. They were hard workers who counted on the cowboys to help them maintain and run their farms and ranches. These men took care of all the horses, and livestock on a farm.

It was during their work that they developed experience and skills in riding broncs and roping steers. They began to use these skills in their free time to compete with each other; both family and friends would enjoy watching the competitions. In rodeo, both animal and cowboy are athletes. They train extensively to compete against each other. The farms and ranches provided the arenas for the growth of this culture.

They would celebrate after these events with music and dancing which became the foundation of country western music and square dancing. Western Culture evolved as a harmonious collaboration between animals and men.