I grew up on a dairy farm in Eastern Oregon. We raised cattle and grew the hay and grain for them. I have been around the rodeo scene and enjoyed the small town atmosphere.
While my dating experience was rather pathetic in those years, I can tell you some things about the rodeo culture, namely cowgirls.
It’s an act 99% of the time
Most all the girls I met at the county fair are putting on the buckles, pointed boots, and big hats as part of an act. The real ranchers are at home, working. If a person or family is making a living on the farm, they do not have the time or resources to spend anything on leisure. Considering we are talking about the women, that is practically no one. Oh sure, they listen to the country music, but in 8th grade they listened to pop and hung out with the skaters (who are riding the bulls in their 20’s).
There are plenty cowgirls who have ridden around on horses, some even help out feeding them, but it is a rare thing to see one who actually has used one for work. If a “rancher” can afford horses, they have a hobby farm, and he earned the money through real estate or selling insurance.
Cowboy culture is full of simps and feminists
Tune your radio to a country station. Unless it is classic country, the vast majority of the music is manginas debasing all men and sucking up to women. The women singers are debasing men and singing about how they don’t need a man.
It does not stop there, the women who are into barrel racing and such have a bitchy attitude. The guys act all tough, but in a classic white knighting fashion. Once they get married, they get whipped so hard. I hear lots of “cheaper to keep ‘er” or “happy wife, happy life” comments, justifying their weakness.
Within the cowgirls, I see a number of them who sport tattoos and chew tobacco. Many of them are white trash and have a short life on the carousel.
Land and horses are an expensive status symbol
You think buying a BMW for your wife is an expensive status symbol for her? Try a 40 acre piece of land, with horses and all the other appurtenances that go along with it. You will be commuting to your job selling insurance for an hour, and she will be for groceries, or to get the satellite dish. Sure, there are benefits with living out there, but also come great disadvantages.
I have a good friend who is big into the rodeo circuit with his kids. He has a decent job as a chief firefighter, but he is always complaining about bills. He makes low six figures, but has about 10 horses, 40 acres to support, along with the mileage and time he has to burn. Marry a cowgirl, and you will be expected to provide her with those.
If you got the time, go to a country feed store where they sell the country garb. The clothes easily cost twice as much as regular clothes for the paisley scarf, the hats and belt buckles.
Like other images out there, the look is based on fakery. Trade the punk rock look for a redneck look, or a preppy look. It is all interchangeable. The cowboy look, being intertwined with the huge cost of land and horses, makes it a very expensive lifestyle to carry out. Not worth it in my book.