Hi all, this is Tall in the saddle here just asking the age old question that has been asked many times before. Just what makes a cowboy a cowboy? Is it the clothes ? Or is it something more? Something deeper? Is it his or her ability on a horse? are the way they work a rope? Are is it the way they walk and carry them-selves is that what makes a cowboy a cowboy? Well iv though long and hard over this question and I think it can be sumed up in one word. I remember something my grandfather would say when talking about someone(most of the time it was something someone lacked) and that was gumpsion. Now some of you may not have heard of this word. Websters dictionary says its spells it Gumption. If this is the same word im not sure I just remember my grandfather saying Gumpsion. Now the way you spell it dont matter that much its the way he ment it that makes the difference. He used this word to describe the way a parson acted twards doing something. A parson that has Gumpsion doesnt half to be told twice to do something. If there is a job to do they just get up and do it. That to me is what being a Cowboy is all about "DOING". You ant gona see a Cowboy siten around sayen OH Ow IS ME no way. As my grandfather would say many times "NOTHING EVER GOT DONE SITING AROUND". You got to go get it. To me thats what makes a Cowboy Gumpsion(go get it). What do you think please let me know.