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Life After the Ranch
Bill Cooke Lisa Cooke Vienna Cooke Lacey Cooke Hannah Cooke Maura Finkelstein Rob Wright Shaun Terhune Anders Heintz Johnny Ferguson Jared Ficklin Robby Cabezuela
Q&A with Anders Heintz
Anders Heintz
Q: What have you been doing since your return from Texas? A: Mainly, I've been sculpting. I've also been trying to learn to team rope. I've been training my mare to team rope. I'm not exactly very good at it, but I'm learning and my mare's learning. I would never have thought about starting to team rope if it wasn't for TEXAS RANCH HOUSE. Coming back to normal life was not quite the big deal I thought it would be. The first couple of days was kind of interesting because you're like, "Wow, I can get in a hot shower," or you can just eat whatever you want to whenever you want to. You don't have to go out and chase cows. It's kind of funny, actually: one of the first nights afterwards, I dreamt that all the cows got out and we had to go after them.

Q: What did you learn about living in 1867?

A: Life in 1867 must have been pretty tough. We were in a very remote area and you're so dependent on the freighter, the people around you. It's a pretty tough climate to live in. I think it's a much more pure way of life in 1867. You work with your hands, your body, or you use the animals around you to do a job. Today we focus a lot on personal wealth and what the other people think of you. In 1867 it was different because you pretty much did what you had to do to survive, to be able to pay your mortgage. You really appreciate the mail a lot more and small things such as like the Fandango and the Fourth of July party.

Q: What was the worst thing about the experience?

A: All the drama I think was the worst thing. There are some people on the show that were pretty much into drama, like to create it and stir the pot. The food was just crap for the second and third week. We had a cooked a goat and ate it four days, for like three meals a day. Pretty much everybody got food poisoning from it. The other thing was the wagon wreck, of course. I'm still real thankful that nobody really got hurt.

Q: Did the experience change you in any ways?

A: I'm more confident about things. I'm real proud that I was being myself throughout the whole thing. Maybe I matured a lot. People say I look older now. I'm sure I grew. I learned so much in the show about people, about how, like, humans react in extreme situations.

Q: Would you call yourself a cowboy?

A: I'd say we're real cowboys. There's a lot of fake, so to speak, cowboys. People who just dress western. I don't think they're real cowboys. But we worked the ranch. We worked the cows. We worked the horses. We did our cattle drive. If that's not a cowboy, I don't know what a cowboy is.

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