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Cattle:  Symbol of the Great American West

Cattle: Symbol of the Great American West
David R. Stoecklein
Ketchum, ID: Stoecklein Publishing & Photography,2005
F596 .G63 2005 Oversize

David Stoecklein became enthralled with cowboys more than 20 years ago. His love affair with their mystique has produced over 25 books dedicated to their lifestyles and how they work, play, and handle cattle.

The cowboy has a very definite style defined by his environment. Out of this genre, Stoecklein has explored more specific trappings in books featuring boots, spurs, buckles, ranch styles, landscapes, horse doctors, and saddles. Cowgirls, little buckaroos, and cowdogs, to name a few, have also gotten their fair share of exposure through his lens. Probably most dramatic are his books about a cowboy's most trusted friend, his horse. This talented artist has published four books featuring working and performance horses.

Not long ago, while working on one of the big ranches, David was reflecting after finishing the day's shoot and a thought came to his mind that nearly knocked him down: "It's all about cows!" From the very first introduction of cattle into the New World, in the late 1500s, the metamorphosis of the cowboy and who he has become is in direct correlation to the progression of, origin, diffusion, and evolution of the bovine.

This beautiful pictorial essay is a tribute to the very foundation of a cowboy's life - working with cattle. David has collaborated with one of his old friends, Jack Goddard, on their second project together to give cows their due. They have put together a book that hopefully will enlighten, entertain, and to a small degree, educate those of you who love the romantic aura of the great American Cowboy.

Quoted from dust jacket.