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Viva Vaquero's library of western literature features some of the most recognized names in the vaquero world. We feature everything from contemporary buckaroo novels, to books on the historical use of gear; from anecdotal tales by legends in the culture, to "how to" tutorials by some of the most respected horseman in the field. Our authors include Tom Dorrance, Mike Bridges, Bill Reynolds, Arnold Rojas, Eward Borein, Buck Brannamen and Mackey Hedges as well as notable artists like Jo Mora, Jack Swanson and Ernest Morris. We carry the incredible photographic epic of Kurt Markus and a book featuring the beautiful watercolor work of Don Weller. If you are looking for the definitive last word on modern gear see our book titled Bits and Spurs by Ned and Jody Martin, and for a delightful children's tale, see Jo Mora's Budgee Budgee Cottontail and Chippee De Munk.

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  1. Front Cover
    $19.95
    Groundwork helps the reader step-by-step, starting your colt from the ground. With Buckメs common sense advice and over 90 photographs illustrating his techniques, this is surely a primer for anyone interested in learning the fine art of groundwork. Learn More
  2. Ranch Roping - Front Cover
    $10.00
    Roping is at the heart of all ranch work, and unlike the rodeo variation of calf roping, the vaquero tradition calls for techniques that result in a skillful and graceful throw and catch. Learn More
  3. Believe - Front Cover
    $16.95
    Believe: A Horsemanメs Journey continues to chronicle the manメs efforts as a catalyst and a mentor as we meet thirteen people with whom he has worked. Through their own words and through Brannamanメs perceptive introductions to each essay, we experience first-hand the hope and confidence that he has instilled in these individuals and in their horses. Learn More
  4. Front Cover
    $125.00
    Using beautifully detailed sketches and paintings, as well as historic photographs and folksy stories and anecdotes, Ernie Morris tells the tales of ranching, horse handling, working cattle and fancy roping as it existed at the turn of the twentieth century. Learn More
  5. Bits, Bitting and Spanish Horses - Front Cover
    $20.00
    This rare volume by Arnold Rojas contains his writings on the use of bits and his approach to horses. Along the way he tells stories of his own experience as vaquero in California during the early 1900s. Learn More
  6. Front Cover
    $25.00
    Arnold R. Rojas (1898-1988) chronicled the life and lore of Californiaメs Vaqueros. He came by the knowledge honestly. Learn More
  7. Front Cover
    $26.95
    Shadow of the Wind, while a fictional novel by definition, is based on true-to-life individuals. It is the long-anticipated installment to Mackey Hedges' award-winning Western novel, Last Buckaroo. Learn More
  8. Front Cover
    $20.00
    Told through the persona of narrator Tap McCoy, a renegade, drifter, loner, and well-seasoned cowboy we experience Tap's happen chance meeting with Dean McCuen, a young drugstore cowboy from back east. While Tap just wants a ride out of town, Dean believes he has found a sidekick and mentor. Learn More
  9. Dust Jacket
    $250.00
    One of the early members of the Cowboy Artists of America, Swanson is considered the premier artist of the California vaquero and the horse & cow culture of the Pacific Slope region of the West. The 240 page book is lavishly illustrated with Swanson's artwork & more than 100 paintings, drawings and bronzes along with stories and personal photographs. His is a captivating story of a western original, a man who would rather be horseback than anything else. Learn More
  10. Riata Men front cover
    $60.00
    Ernie Morris's depth of experience in the vaquero culture is evident in this book as he offers an intimate look at the life of the cowboy through his eyes. His illustrations capture the daily life on the ranch, often with a bit of humor. It contains numerous feature drawings, each accompanied by a folklore description, and several selections from Ernie's personal sketch books. Learn More

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