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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Great photos, very descriptive of what was going on!

Thanks so much Federico! =)

I love this post.  Great photos and so interesting to see the gauchos at work!

Thank you so much, Angie! It’s one of my favourite posts so that means so much to me. We loved watching them work – they have to be so patient!

Thanks so much, Madhu! =)

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! 🙂

There definitely seemed to be love there. We really enjoyed watching them. Thanks for commenting =)

Love horses. These photos capture their strength and spirit. Like the beret on one of the gaucho’s heads too!

Thanks so much, Anita! We saw a few berets on gauchos and guides in Patagonia – must be the fashion! =)

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