A rugged, elderly gentleman with a thick, white mustache and gray hair billowing from his cowboy hat tugged on the reins of his horse as he rode off into the sunset in a crisp, white shirt, starched jeans and a $300 pair of boots.
"This is a dream probably many of us have," said Dr. Bruce Carpenter, an associate professor at Texas A&M, as he flipped to the Hollywood portrayal of the rancher. "In reality, how much of your time in cattle operation is spent doing that? Truthfully, probably less than 10 percent of your time is spent doing that. Another 80 percent of your time is spent repairing those fences in the foreground and fightin' that mesquite in the background."