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Before There Were Cowboys, There Were Csikós

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Channel: Great Big Story
Categories: Society / Culture   |   Social Science  
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Before cowboys roamed the American West, there were Hungary’s Csikós. And on the Puszta—the country’s great plain—these traditional horsemen carry on their legacy. For centuries, whip-cracking horsemen in Hungary have been caring for their horses and cattle while practicing death-defying riding. The riders live in relative isolation in ranches that dot the plains. Although only a few Csikós are left in the region, Adam Bordás and his father János are keeping this proud tradition alive.

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