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About this Art:
This painting shows a the beach somewhere near Santa Barbara and depicts Spanish cowboys called vaquero. They are bringing a herd of horses up along the beach on the packed sand instead of on the dry sand, where it is softer and more difficult for the horses to run. This takes place and about 1840 or 1850 when the Spanish still ruled California. Most of the skill of the American Cowboy was learned from the Spanish Cowboys. They were experts with the rope called riata and the way they handled cattle was taught to the Americans. The Spanish methods of handling cattle and horses and their amazing use of the rope or riata are still taught and used today. Much of the west in California still uses and teaches the vaquero method, as well as most of the cowboys of the Great Basin region which includes Nevada, Southern Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and parts of Wyoming. The word "buckaroo" is a form of the word vaquero and when you are in "buckaroo country" that usually refers to those areas of California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, and parts of Wyoming. Even today those cowboys and those regions prefer to be called buckaroos instead of cowboys.