My Saddle

March 29, 2017
Jan Swan Wood

Yesterday I hung my saddle on the yard fence and started stripping all of the “extra” stuff off of it. Rope, hobbles, boottop bag with it’s fencing pliers and goodies, tie down rope, gloves, breast collar, even cinches. As I was doing it, I was thinking back over everywhere that saddle and I have been […]

Coming to Rodeos Near You: Ladys Got Talent

March 28, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I wrote a story about Miles City, Montana’s Haven Meged competing in the Junior Ironman, a youth division of the CINCH Timed Event Championship in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for Tri-State Livestock News. (Read it here.) As is common in rodeo, Haven used a different horse for each event, one of which was a horse borrowed from […]

Conditioning an Out of Shape Horse

March 27, 2017
Jenn Zeller

Ask A Pro Question: “Our snow has finally melted and I’m anxious to get my horse competing again. What is the best way to get my horse back in shape?” The answers you will get on conditioning an out of shape horse may vary depending upon who you ask. So, I’ll give you the 411 on what’s worked […]

Emerging Trends In Equine DNA

March 25, 2017
Maria Tussing

Appraising a horse by physical appearance alone is a thing of the past in the world of equine breeding and selling. Thanks to rapidly changing advancements in equine DNA technology, horse owners, breeders and enthusiasts can learn more about their horses now than ever before. Tests evaluating an animal’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), can identify the […]

Horseshoeing: How To Be A Good Client

March 24, 2017
Jolyn Young

Cultivating and maintaining a good farrier-horse owner relationship is a two-way street. While it’s important to evaluate your horseshoer and make sure you are satisfied with his or her work (read more about that here), it’s equally important to be a good client. Wait, don’t you just have to write a check that cashes to be […]

Buckaroo Buys: J Bar D Canvas and Leather

March 23, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Shane and Amy Riley are the friendly faces behind J Bar D Canvas and Leather, an amazing, creative small business. They built us a beautiful, perfectly-crafted tipi that comfortably fits our family of four. They are known mostly for their tipis and bedrolls, but have been expanding their repertoire to include amazing leather work, some is even hand-painted, and […]

How to choose a farrier who will put your horse’s feet first

March 21, 2017
Jolyn Young

Horseshoeing is a necessary skill for a working cowboy, and a necessary expense for the typical horse owner. Even if you don’t know how to shoe your horse from start to finish, it’s a good idea to know how to evaluate a shoe job so you know if your farrier is doing a job worthy […]

Equine kinesiology tape trend is on a roll

March 21, 2017
by Tamara Choat

Whether human or equine, athletes depend on proper functioning of muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments to perform at their peak capability. When competitors started appearing at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics wearing bright kinesiology tape–colored, stretchy tape in unique patterns–the equine world took notice as well. Today, as the sight of elite horses competing or […]

World champion calf-roper Paul Tierney offers roping clinics

March 20, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Paul Tierney knows what he’s talking about when it comes to timed events in the rodeo arena. This spring he’s offering aspiring ropers the chance to attend one of several Paul Tierney roping clinics to learn from one of the best. A world-champion calf-roper, Tierney also made it to the NFR in steer wrestling and won […]

Mike Pierson: Raising Horses Ranchers Ride

March 19, 2017
Bailee Murnion

“I guess I just always wanted to be a cowboy. I never remember wanting to do anything else.” – Mike Pierson In eastern Montana, winding along a lonely, desolate stretch of Highway 200, lays Garfield County. Spanning over 4,600 square miles, the average population density is the 3rd lowest of any county in the US […]

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