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Gathering the Herd
The northern Nevada range where buckaroos roundup a herd

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How a buckaroo describes "Wrangling Horses and the Bell Mare"

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Buckaroos Round Up the Herd
Buckaroos use a lot of different techniques to move and keep track of cows. To drive cattle from a thicket of dense brush, buckaroos may stand alongside them making noise--banging on a tin can or shaking a can full of stones. Buckaroos need to be careful when doing this, because it may frighten the cows and cause a stampede.

Another way buckaroos move cattle is to ride down a hill, moving the cows along with them. This audio clip explains the traditional role of the "bell mare," a horse that wears a bell to keep the other horses together.

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CREDIT: Marshall, Howard W., photographer. "Gathering the Herd [35mm slide]." Date Recorded 78/10. Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Fleischhauer, Carl and William A. Wilson, interviewers; Stewart, Leslie J., narrator. "Wrangling Horses and the Bell Mare [Audio]" Date Recorded 81/04/09. Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982, Library of Congress.