Wranglers are seldom shown or mentioned in Westerns. Did the cowboys take turns at that or was it a full-time job during a cattle drive?
Historically, the wrangler was the new guy with little experience who took care of the horse herd at the ranch, on roundups and on the trail. He was usually a youngster and had to work his way up.
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