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12/27/2013 01:49 pm ET

Mexican Cowboys In A YouTube World

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The trail that led Werner Segarra to being a cowboy snaked from Puerto Rico, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Arizona before he found himself at a ranch in Huásabas, Mexico. Mind you, when he first got there — part of a 10-day high school travel experience — he (and his teacher) thought he was going to work in a gas station. He imagined himself popping out tires and checking the oil.

There was a gas station in Huásabas. And its owner also had land, horses and a real-life ranch. Suddenly, young Werner — who grew up devouring German adventure novels about the American West — found himself on horseback alongside Mexican cowhands.

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