"trailing north the corriente cattle"
Corriente cow
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCorriente cow - Credit: Ellen Levy Finch

The corriente breed is descended from cattle brought to the Americas by the Spanish in the late 15th century. Some breeders raise them for their meat, although they are primarily used today as sport cattle for rodeo events such as team roping and steer wrestling.

They are well adapted to the arid regions of the Southwest since they require less water and thrive upon sparse open range.