Ranch Life Articles

Cowboy Skill: Nose Bags

July 12, 2017
Jolyn Young

Using nose bags can be a handy way to grain your horse. It also helps get him sacked out and more gentle, because he won’t be too wild and head-shy after he learns to like having a bag filled with grain tied to his face. To nose bag a horse (or a corral full, in […]


Horsewoman must-read: The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss

July 10, 2017
Savanna Simmons

This is a reprint of what I wrote in college as the editor of The Eagle at Chadron State College. I am currently re-reading this book and enjoying it just as thoroughly as I did the first time I cracked open this realistic, yet magical read. Next in my pile of books to read is […]


Wildfire Season: Are You Prepared?

July 6, 2017
Jolyn Young

If a wildfire strikes near your home, what will you do? If your answer is “I have no idea,” then it’s high time you started getting an idea. July is here, and it’s a hot month that typically brings thunder storms – and subsequently lightning strikes – to many parts of America. Despite Smokey Bear’s […]


Ponying Your Horse

July 2, 2017
Jolyn Young

Ponying your horse or leading a horse from the back of another horse is a useful skill for both horses and the rider. Your ability to lead a horse while riding one, as well as the horse’s ability to be led from a rider, can come in handy in unexpected ways. If another horse gets […]


Cowpuncher Skill: Trailing The Cut

June 29, 2017
Jolyn Young

At the O RO Ranch in northern Arizona, the cow herd that resides on the west side is never moved. I mean, like, NEVER. The cows winter and calve outside, and natural boundaries are the primary method used to keep the cattle where they’re supposed to be. There are some fences, but the cattle aren’t […]


Catching the Hard to Catch Horse

June 24, 2017
Jenn Zeller

It seems like at least once a week, something pops up in my Facebook News Feed about someone having trouble catching their horse. I’ve been there too, no doubt. But, I’ve also learned a few things between the time that I was there, and now, that have enabled me to catch whatever horse I want […]


Launch Pad To Oprah: Horse Names

June 21, 2017
Jolyn Young

Horse owners come up with some creative names for their horses, and cowboys may take the prize for the zaniest monikers for their equine companions. Here are some of the most unusual and least politically correct horse names in the Western United States.* Launch Pad: Preparing to step on this horse must’ve been a tad […]


Branding: More than Just a Job to do

June 18, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I was invited to photograph our friend the Wasserburger’s branding a few weeks ago, and I jumped at the chance immediately. There are so many good moments to soak in at brandings from a cowboy perspective: those neat horses like that of our friend and coworker Clay Ashurst’s Tebow, that daintily slinks through the herd […]


Getting a Horse Ready to Bridle

June 14, 2017
Jenn Zeller

Here is a quick tip for getting your horse ready for a bridle. We like to make it their idea to take the bit. This horse now, practically grabs the bit out of your hands and puts it in his mouth. I like having a willing partner. Do you? Happy Trails!


Properly Storing Horse Gear: Part 2

June 13, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Properly storing gear prolongs its lifespan and allows it to work for you for a long time. When using natural materials, like mohair cinches, wool pads, and horsehair mecates and get-downs, letting the fibers dry in the same shape as you would use them on your horse can extend the life and improve usability.   Related […]