Ranch Life Articles

Weeds, Flies And Road Trips: A Western Travel Guide

May 24, 2017
Jolyn Young

Summer is approaching, and all ranch folks know what that means: weeds, flies, and road trips. If you’re in the mood to throw a suitcase in the pickup and hit the highway, here are a few words of wisdom – or something – about a few Western destinations. To help out my fellow traveler, I […]


20 Things To Do While Waiting

May 22, 2017
Jolyn Young

When a person is out cowboying, he or she sometimes must wait. Sometimes you’re waiting to meet up with the rest of the crew to throw together everyone’s cattle from the day’s circle. Sometimes you’re waiting for a signal from another cowboy to move down the ridge. Sometimes you’re waiting for someone to come pick […]


Weird Wagon Questions

May 19, 2017
Jolyn Young

It’s springtime, and you know what that means: green grass, bouncy calves and branding on the wagon. Well, this last part is true for the handful of big ranches that still use a wagon to brand calves each spring. And most of these ranches use a pickup, not an actual wagon. Confused yet? Here are […]


Modern-Day Buckaroo Attire

May 15, 2017
Jolyn Young

In articles about the differences in clothing and gear used by cowboys in different regions, the buckaroo is usually portrayed as a caricature from the 1980s. Modern-day buckaroos no longer wear snap-brim hats and thrift-store coats unless they find a wicked good deal on a Cabela’s cast off. Here’s a breakdown of the typical buckaroo’s […]


Top 7 Horse Songs That Aren’t About Horses

May 12, 2017
Jolyn Young

There are scads of songs devoted to our equine companions, and dozens more that mention horses as some part of a theme. Here are a few of the catchiest horse songs that aren’t about horses. 1)White Horse by Laid Back, 1984 In this funky tune, the singers encourage listeners to not ride the white horse. […]


Foxtail Invasion

May 6, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Hordeum murinum, more commonly known as Foxtail, can invade hay and, likewise, your horses mouths. More and more horses are being kicked out on green grass this time of year, but hay is still being fed, and what is being sold is the stuff being pulled out from the back of the barn. This isn’t a […]


Green Grass Syndrome

May 4, 2017
Jolyn Young

You’ve heard of Tying Up Syndrome and Cushing’s Syndrome, but have you ever heard of Green Grass Syndrome? It’s rarely researched and scantily documented by equine researchers and veterinarians, but it regularly occurs each spring and affects thousands 0f domesticated horses and horse owners worldwide. Green Grass Syndrome (GGS) is caused by an increased consumption […]


How to tie an Alamar Knot

April 27, 2017
Savanna Simmons

The alamar knot is one of the prettiest I know and is commonly seen among buckaroo crowds. It is used as a way to tie your get-down rope on a horse that is straight up in the bridle. The entire length of your rope can be tied into the alamar knot, or if there is slack […]


Cowboy Skills: Dallying

April 26, 2017
Jolyn Young

“Take your turns!” “Go to the peg!” “Go to the wood!” These are all creative cowboy ways of saying “Dally!” To many ropers, dallying is as important a skill as catching. Unless you’re using a horn knot and tying off like a Texan or Southwest cowpuncher, you’ll need to stop the roped animal somehow, and […]


I Miss The Mystery

April 25, 2017
Tayler Teichert

In all my years of dating, my sister told me to maintain a little bit of mystery. Don’t let your date know everything about you right off the bat – make them wonder. They will get bored if they feel like they aren’t learning anything new, so don’t tell all your secrets on the first […]


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