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Like Australia, the great wide plains – or pampas – of Argentina have had a long tradition of cattle raising by gauchos or cowboys. However, gauchos aren’t just cowboys. Their way of life has existed for the last three centuries. They are legendary heroes, the larger-than-life figures who live in freedom and solitude, adapting to the changing climate, landscape and ageless way of life.
What defines a Gaucho?
1. His Freedom
He goes where he wants and takes the wild horses to the open plains. He answers to no authority except a man that has proven to be similar but stronger than him.
2. Horse-Riding Skills
Often compared to the mythological centaur (half human, half horse), the gaucho and his horse are one. His unique equestrian skills identifies him from any other skilled horseman.
3. His Knife
Strapped to his belt and said to be an extension of his body, a gaucho goes nowhere without his ‘facon’ knife.
4. His Trademark Techniques
These include a leather (not rope) lasso that is used to capture cattle by “binding its hands” (front two legs).