January 8, 2018: Gauchos and Horses

 

As with North America's west, horses and horse-back riding are very much part of the culture in Patagonia.  While visiting Torres del Paine National Park, I was surprised at the large stable of horses at our hotel (Hotel Las Torres), which one can rent for trail rides.

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Horses are allowed to free range graze when off duty during the day, but at dusk the gauchos round them up and guide them towards their corrals.

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A few more scenes for your interest....

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