Ranch Life Articles

The Joys of Jingling

September 3, 2017
Savanna Simmons

The joys of jingling, the rewards of wrangling, the . . . well . . . you get it. We’re the goobers that wrangle horses with a four-wheeler, but it’s nicer on our horses to be able to turn them out after a hard day’s work and not keep one in just to get other […]


Weaver Quarter Horses Annual Sale – Sept. 16th


August 28, 2017
Sales Staff

The Weaver family has a long tradition of raising quarter horses. The family came to Montana in 1887 and has been raising quarter horses ever since. Our brand, A Standing X, was recorded in the Weaver name in 1888, and our grandchildren are the sixth generation to ride quarter horses with this brand. As a family operation, […]


Preparing for the Farrier: Part 2

August 26, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I visited with Doug and Jacob Butler of Butler Professional Farrier School in Crawford, Nebraska, earlier this year for an article in Tri-State Livestock New’s Horse Round-Up 2017. Read the story here. The Butler Family has an incredible amount of knowledge to share, and Jacob has composed a three-part series for Cavvy Savvy. During appointment […]


Clay Ashurst Benefits

August 25, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Nearly a month ago, on July 29, Clay Ashurst was picking up broncs at the Lusk ranch rodeo, when a bronc knocked his horse flat on its side. Clay was immediately unconscious and didn’t come to for several days. He received a severe injury to his brain stem and after spending several days in ICU […]


Preparing for the Farrier: Part 1

August 23, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I visited with Doug and Jacob Butler of Butler Professional Farrier School in Crawford, Nebraska, earlier this year for an article in Tri-State Livestock New’s Horse Round-Up 2017. Read the story here. The Butler Family has an incredible amount of knowledge to share, and Jacob has composed a three-part series for Cavvy Savvy. Often as […]


Smoother Trailer Unloading

August 17, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Some horses are hesitant, slow, and clunky when stepping out of the trailer backwards, while other horses refuse to back out entirely. We prefer that our horses back out of the trailer. They tend to be in more control when backing and it prevents slipping of the front legs when hitting the ground, and slipping […]


The Curse of Expectations

August 11, 2017
Jenn Zeller

I swear to you, in my case anyway, expectations can drive a horse away from you. At least they’ve done that with my horse, Dino. For years, I’ve struggled to get him interested and wanting to be with me.  He’s by far my favorite mount — the most comfortable horse on the entire planet to […]


Buckaroo Buys: Bridgit’s Bohemian Bunkhouse

August 2, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Bridgit Carone, of Bridgit’s Bohemian Bunkhouse, makes incredible hooked wool pads that are a must-have. She comes up with the most original, unique designs and can work with anyone to get a pad looking just right. Her Facebook page can be found by searching Bridgit’s Bohemian Bunkhouse or by clicking here. Here’s Bridgit’s story:  I grew up […]


War Knot Series, Part One: Mustache Knot

July 31, 2017
Jolyn Young

Here’s the first installment in a four-part series on tying a war knot or buckaroo knot in a horse’s tail. Buckaroo traditions were handed down from the California vaqueros, who learned their skills and customs from the Spanish conquistadors. In keeping with tradition, many modern-day buckaroos tie a knot in their horse’s tail each day […]


Cowboy Life In Black And White

July 29, 2017
Jolyn Young

Today’s cowboy may use cell phones and transport livestock via stock trailers rather than undertaking multi-state cattle drives, but many aspects of their lifestyle haven’t changed over the centuries. Then as now, cowboys wear felt hats, ride leather saddles and rope bovines every day. If it’s raining, they get wet. If it’s snowing, they get […]