The Gaucho's of Argentina

The Horse Whisperer !
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A Gaucho working with a horse
Whilst in Buenos Aires we went on an organised trip to visit an "estancia" in the Argentinian pampas. Here we saw a working farm & spent time riding with the famous "gauchos" - the main workers on the estancia. Their duty is to herd cattle all year round.

They are excellent horsemen, and they showed how they train horses. They do not believe in breaking the spirit of a horse & do not use a horse bit. Their method is to gently smooth the animal all over, and calmly and quietly take control.
We were shown how this was done, and the horse gave no resistance to anything the gaucho asked of it. It obediently lay down; rolled onto it's back & allowed the gaucho to lie on it. A truly amazing spectacle.