Ranch Life Articles

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Take Action: Life Lesson From A Trainer

March 17, 2017
Jolyn Young

“Do something, even if it’s wrong!” Years ago, these words were spoken to me by a horse trainer that I once worked with. I loped horses for a cutting horse trainer in central Texas, and Ben started the two-year-olds. He worked them on cattle after the head trainer was done for the day, and I […]


Ground Pole Exercise

March 15, 2017
Savanna Simmons

As spring approaches, I get itchy to spend more time in the saddle. Sometimes nice weather leads to muddy conditions, so this is a great pole exercise to work on in a small area without tearing up too much ground or risk your horse slipping and sliding. This involves one ground pole, narrow post, hose, […]


Rimfired: What To Do

March 13, 2017
Jolyn Young

I went down in a bad rimfire, I went down, down, down and the hooves went higher. And it burns, burns, burns rimfire, rimfire. Wait, that’s not quite how the classic Johnny Cash song goes. Must be a remake from the (in)famous Luke Beaumeister, who currently buckaroos at Nevada’s Maggie Creek Ranch and used to […]


10 Things Every Ranch Kid Knows

March 10, 2017
Jolyn Young

1) Water troughs make the best swimming pools. The bigger the better, but a mineral tub will also do in a pinch. As long as it’s a container full of water placed in the front yard, it’ll make a good artificial swimming hole for a ranch kid plus a handful of friends. 2) It’s never […]


Simply a Phase

March 8, 2017
Savanna Simmons

A fellow mother and horsewoman and I were discussing phases of motherhood the other day, and giggling about how we are supposed to “dread” when our kids reach a new phase, like crawling for instance, and instead enjoy each phase. We agreed that while our kids are getting into more things they shouldn’t and must […]


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