Ranch Life Articles

No Trailer? No Problem!

June 10, 2017
Jolyn Young

At the O RO Ranch in northern Arizona, the cowboys rarely use a horse trailer. In country so steep, rocky and rough that it can take an hour to drive an unhooked pickup 10 miles, it’s more practical and efficient to just ride from Point A to Wherever The Cows Are. During most of the […]


Choosing a Saddle Pad that Works – 5 Star Saddle Pads

June 8, 2017
Savanna Simmons

I spoke with Jodie Mesko of 5 Star Saddle Pads about how to choose the appropriate saddle pad to fit the horse, saddle, and job being accomplished. We personally use 5 Star Pads and have found them to be long-lasting and of great quality. We have used other brands and ended up with thin areas, […]


Properly Storing Horse Gear: Part 1

June 5, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Storing gear the proper way can affect its lifespan and allow 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 […]


Correct The Wallering Colt

June 3, 2017
Rachel Larsen

I don’t know about you, but I can’t inspire my child to put his toys away with constant nagging.  I nag, nag, nag, and nag, all the while never receiving my desired response.  Finally, exasperated I give up and put the toys away myself.  Phew, the chore is done.  But has my child actually learned […]


Cowboy Gear

June 1, 2017
Jolyn Young

Cowboys from across the regions of the Western United States all sit in saddles and ride horses to work. But aside from those general similarities, the gear they pack with them all day can vary widely. After we moved to northern Arizona from northern Nevada, my husband discovered that cowpunchers carry a LOT more supplies […]


Avoid Fraud while Selling Horses

May 30, 2017
Savanna Simmons

Identity and monetary fraud is a battle in our current technology-filled world and while certain methods of payment are safer, such as PayPal and money orders, there are still ways in which one can be duped, especially while selling horses. My husband and I don’t sell many horses, yet we were still the almost-victims of […]


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 […]