Details: This poster shows a painting of two cowboys roping some cattle. The cow in the foreground is being particularly uncooperative. The horse under the cowboy on the left has fallen down as he has roped the stubborn steer. The other cowboy is preparing to rope another cow.
A cowboy tends cattle and horses on cattle ranches. Some cowboys also work in and participate in rodeos. Cowboys are more often associated with (mostly fictitious) Indian-fighting than with their actual life of ranch work and cattle-tending. The cowboy became an archetypal symbol of American individualism. Cowboy can be used in a derogatory sense to describe someone who is violent, impulsive, or behaves in a hot-headed and rash manner.