How Not to Date a Cowboy: For Dummies

Dating a cowboy ain’t easy, but if you know what you should avoid doing and saying, your shot at becoming a cowgirl yourself will come that much easier.

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Despite the fact that we live in an era where computers do most of our work for us and you can do and learn so many things without ever leaving your home, there’s no reason why you couldn’t be a bit old-fashioned in terms of wanting to date a cowboy, is there?

But seeing as technology dominates over the good, old traditions nowadays, it’s pretty rare to meet a real-life, legit cowboy. This is the reason why most girls don’t know what to do or how to behave in order to snatch one for themselves. In that name, here are a couple of things you definitely shouldn’t do while trying to get a date with a cowboy.

1. Not Knowing What You Want

Having a thing for cowboys is one thing and it could be called a preference, but not all cowboys are created equal. The fact that they usually sport spurred boots doesn’t mean they’re all the same, which is why it’s a huge mistake to start looking for a cowboy of your own without wanting to know which type of man suits you.

Whether you’re hankering for a western match like the one between Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson in the movie “Giant” or you’re just looking for a man to date, it’s not a very good idea to begin your journey without knowing just what kind of guy you would like to have beside you.

Cowboys – and all other kinds of men, as a matter of fact – can be very different and behave differently in relationships. Do you like extroverts which make any romance into a rollercoaster?

Are you more into laid-back kind of guys that like to chill out and take everything one step at a time? These are just two out of countless types of men that you could meet, which is why it’s important to know what your dream cowboy should look and behave like before you start dating him.

There are two possible scenarios that can happen if you start dating a cowboy without predetermining your type: you’ll either get bored because you can’t decide whether the guy you’re dating suits you or not or you’ll get overwhelmed once you realize that you’re scared of not knowing what you want. Either way, it doesn’t end well.

2. Using Cowboy Slang

Like we’ve mentioned before, being a cowboy means more than herding cows or owning a ranch. It’s a proud American tradition that most people take very seriously, which is why you should definitely refrain from trying to talk like a cowboy just for the fun of it if you’re not one of them.

Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming – no matter where a cowboy is from, you can bet everything you have that he takes great pride in his way of life. Among other things, this refers to the ways cowboys talk and although this isn’t what they value the most, they don’t appreciate when someone outside of their community says things like “Howdy, partner” or “Yippy-kay-yey!”

3. Giving Up

Seeing as cowboys are generally hard-asses that are used to a rough way of life, you should be ready to adapt to their routines and traditions if you really want to be a cowboy’s girlfriend or wife. Why are we putting an accent on this? Because doing everything a cowboy does takes persistence and endurance, which is why most girls give up once they realize what they’ve gotten themselves into.

Living on a ranch, herding cows, riding horses and frequently hunting all requires a lot of willpower and physical endurance, so don’t be surprised when you start getting tired both physically and mentally from all of your duties as cowgirl.

In other words, you’ll come across many situations when it’s easier to give up than to keep going – you’ll get exhausted, dirty, sleep-deprived, with sore muscles and sunstroke, which are all pretty standard things for anyone living a cowboy’s life.

Being a cowgirl ain’t easy, that’s for sure. But if there is just one thing you most certainly shouldn’t do while dating a cowboy, it would be giving up on him because it’s too hard. You won’t be able to forgive yourself for letting that chance at happiness slip away.