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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 Robby Cabezuela
Robby Cabezuela
Q: What was the biggest adjustment for you returning from the Texas Ranch House?

A: The only thing was hard coming back to the 21st century was all those people that kept asking me about my experiences. Being up there by myself with the guys and just having my own peace out there and then coming back and everyone kept asking me questions. Other than that, it was pretty decent.

Q: What did you learn living in 1867?

A: The thing that I learned the most was that you had to depend a lot on yourself. You had to be independent, you had to be able to make your own practical decisions. Other than that, I think you had to learn how to live with people. One of the worst moments was the drama, the arguments, having to put up with the different situations I was put in [where I] had to make a decision. It was a good learning experience because I had to put up a couple of good fights in order to get things done the way I wanted to. My worst moments were dealing with arguments with Mrs. Cooke and Mr. Cooke. Other than that, the whole experience was wonderful. I enjoyed every little bit of it.

Q: Any regrets?

A: One of the regrets I do have is that it was not 130 cattle like that assessment says, it was 131 cattle. I wish production would get that right, because we worked hard for those 131 cattle. One thing is that we could've sold those cattle at a better price. Probably we could've gotten another $5 to $10 per head. It would have probably worked things out a little bit.

Q: What do you think of the final assessment?

A: I think some of the credit should be given to the cowboys, like Johnny, Anders, Shaun, Jared, and Rob. They came in here with minimal to none experience. At first when I saw these guys, I knew they were in for a good run. But in the end, I think they turned out good, and I'm proud of them. They weren't expert ropers and horsemen when they left, but they came a long way. They could have improved their roping techniques, if we would have branded more cattle, instead of just [the] regular process running through the chute. In order to achieve those skills, you really have to go in there and get down to it. But, all in all, I really give them a lot of credit for what they learned. As a matter of fact, we plan next October having a branding out here at my ranch.

Q: Why do you think there was so much conflict on the ranch?

A: It had to do a little bit with difference of cultures and different ways to be. But I think that those same things happened back in the old days. It's no way in heck that things could go right. That's why we've had wars for hundreds of years before. That's why we've had different confrontations, arguments in life. We can't see eye to eye most of the time. My philosophy is, if you can't get along with somebody, try not to be a hypocrite. That's one thing I'm not. If I don't get along with somebody, I try to keep my conversation with somebody to a minimum with that person or whoever it is, avoid fresh advice.

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