The Azuero Peninsula is classic Panamanian cowboy country. Every time when out for a drive, it is imperative to keep an eye out for horsemen traveling along the side of the highway. No weekend equestrians here, these guys are strictly utilitarian in the use of their horses. Hard working beasts and hard working riders.
One observation about Panama is the high standard of care they give to their animals. From large livestock down to their household pets, their interest and attitude towards animal husbandry is the best I’ve seen in Latin America. No bones showing on horses or starving dogs roaming the streets.
All along the Ruta Bellisario Porras cattlemen are working the land moving free range beef from pasture to pasture, lining the road shoulder with filled milk jugs or out mending fences. If horses aren’t busy being ridden, they are often spotted riding around in the back of pick up trucks. Not sure who gets more pampering on the pampas.