Patagonia's Gauchos: The Cowboy Way (Photo Essay)

Since we were trying to avoid the rain at Torres del Paine, we headed over to the stables near the Hotel Las Torres to watch the gauchos prepare the horses for the winter.

The tourist season was ending so it was time to prepare the horses for winter.

An important task is to remove some of the horseshoes.

Some praise and attention is in order for the horses, of course.

After the shoes are removed, each horse received some nutrients.

This horse was quite feisty and it took a lot of work to get her into the stall. Maybe she liked her shoes? I can relate...

John bonded with this one.

The purpose of the preparation was to let the horses go free to roam and graze for the winter.

Have you ever watched cowboys at work?


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  2. Katrina 17 April, 2011 at 14:13 Reply

    I used to train horses, so I love seeing how it’s handled in different cultures. Well, provided it’s with love and respect. And these horses look very well cared for, so this was definitely a treat. Thanks for posting! :)

  3. Lorna_theroamantics 11 April, 2011 at 21:06 Reply

    these are gorgeous you two! so lush and beautiful subjects to snap for. i have seen cowboys at work- in argentina at mar de ajo. i found it really meditative- so totally relaxing to watch and hope to do more of it here in the states on my cross-country trip. :)

  4. Laura 9 April, 2011 at 11:46 Reply

    These are some gorgeous photos! They really capture the feeling of Patagonia and the gauchos – so cool you guys got to spend time there!

  5. Randy 8 April, 2011 at 11:20 Reply

    Great photos! The third one from the bottom is my favorite; it’s classic.I also really dig the gaucho in the beret and wool sweater. He reminds me of a mad beatnik poet.

  6. Turkey's For Life 8 April, 2011 at 00:47 Reply

    They’re great photos! Whenever I come into this site, you’re either caught up in lots of rain, or trying to avoid rain. :) Are you not having much luck with the weather?

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers 8 April, 2011 at 21:24

      Haha, well we’ve been in the rainy season lately in Chile but before that had pretty good luck with the weather in New Zealand. The last few days in Argentina we have had fantastic weather. Just Torres del Paine had awful weather for us

  7. Natalie 8 April, 2011 at 00:38 Reply

    Fantastic pictures. You have just reminded me that there is a horse safari place near here. Might take a drive up today. Would you believe I have never been there!

  8. Peter Heck 7 April, 2011 at 21:28 Reply

    Awesome photos you guys!! I love horses and riding, this would have been such a blast to experience! I really would like to spend some time on a ranch and learn all about the life.

  9. Laurel 7 April, 2011 at 04:09 Reply

    What an interesting look into the cowboy side of life. My grandfather and uncles are farmers, although I’ve never really gotten into the cowboy side of things. It always looks more exotic when it’s not in your own country.

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