Know-How

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How to swim cattle

From the words of Fay Ward's The Cowboy at Work(1958), how to safely and successfully swim cattle.

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Lost Skills of the Branding Pen

Though practiced for over 150 years, the subtle techniques and etiquette of the branding pen aren’t always honored. Here are a few of the most important.

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The Greatest Western Cinema Sidekicks

The big stars get all the recognition, and we think it's time the sidekicks get some credit!

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On the Mark

Channel the Wild West with cowboy mounted shooting!

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Homebrewing 101

Make your kitchen a saloon! It's easier than you think.

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Dog Helps Man

Control your heard with a well-trained stock dog—a good cattle dog can do the work of three cowboys.

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Win at poker

Do you when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em? A pro gives his tips on how to bet, bluff, and raise your way to success in a game of Texas Hold’em.

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Stuntman school

Have you ever watched a cavalry charge, horseback escape, or mustang roundup in a movie and thought, "Hey! I have those riding skills. I could do that!" Writer Kevin Carmody spoke with equestrian stunt man Kyle Thomson about how to break into the biz.

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Cowboy Etiquette

Ladies first, take off your hat when you're inside, and mind that you say "ma'am" and "sir." With an emphasis on respect, safety, and plain 'ole good manners, the rules of cowboy etiquette have been handed down through the generations.

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Web Extra: Buying Rural Real Estate

In the April/May 2013 issue of American Cowboy, we rounded up the 20 best rural counties in the West. So you found a place where you want to live, but how do you make your dream ranch a reality? We spoke a ranch appraiser to get some tips.

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