Italian Cowboys

The transhumance, the cracking of the whip, in a fast gallop chasing after a stray. The migration from winter and summer pastures. Are there really Italian cowboys, and did they ever exist? The answer is yes and no, yes they exist but no there none today except those sporting as Butteri.

The Butteri were courageous with their horses in the wild nature of the Maremma in Tuscany. They would control cattle and eventually go out in the Mediterranean maquis, a shrub land biome consisting of densely growing evergreen shrubs found throughout most of coastal Italy. The buttero had to know it very well in order to take care of their herds including the birth of animals and the branding and the taming of wild colts.

Today I am not sure they still exist…. or do they….

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