Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Horses going home

At the end of the day of our zip lining, horseback riding, and river tubing, I noticed that they were taking the horses from the corral back to the pastures.  The horses deserved a rest, and so did we.  

When I posted a photo of Costa Rican cowboys a week or two ago, I received a question in a comment from a reader about whether cowboys in Costa Rica are called gauchos, as hey are in Argentina.  In Costa Rica, a cowboy is called a vaquero.   

The northwest province of Costa Rica, called Guanacaste after the national tree of Costa Rica, has a tradition of cattle ranching and cowboys.  In many small towns in the area, their are are cattle chutes in the town square, which is usually used as a football or soccer field.  In some towns, there is a rodeo ring.  We do not have either of those in Tamarindo because we are abeach resort town that used to be a sleepy fishing village.  In Tamarindo, the only cowboys walk from restaurant to restaurant and sing ballads for tips.

6 comments:

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

The horses must love their home at Hacienda Guachipelin. A beautiful location with great weather and variety of activities for them and their contributions. I like it that often i can ride horses bareback in Costa Rica.

Sharon said...

A day's work is done and it's time to relax!

Jarart said...

Nothing beats quiting time for hard working horses.

Tucker said...

Very cool! It is amazingly similar to Western cowboys taking their horses back after a long day of herding cattle. No matter where you are, I guess farm animals and cowboys act the same!

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Great post, Dave! Thank you so much for the information about the cowboys.

Buenos Aires Photo Blog

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