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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4 years ago

Going to South America soon and can’t wait to see this in real live. Thanks for sharing!

11 years ago

Great photos, very descriptive of what was going on!

Reply to  Federico

Thanks so much Federico! =)

11 years ago

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

Reply to  Angie

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! =)

12 years ago

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! 🙂

Reply to  Katrina

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

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