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Summer Cow Camp 101: Working Alone

August 17, 2018
Jolyn Young

On many ranches in the American West, cowboys head up to a cow camp, usually located in a higher elevation than the ranch headquarters, for the summer. In Summer Cow Camp 101: Living Situation, I gave a guided tour of a typical summer cow camp. Once a cowboy is settled into his secluded home-away-from-civilization, he takes […]


Treating Scratches

August 10, 2018
Savanna Simmons

Our pony Sparky has a case of minor scratches on his hind feet, a fairly odd occurrence in Wyoming in July. We’ve had enough rain, coupled with hosing a wound on his hock, that now we have another small problem to doctor on him. Scratches, also known as mud fever, pastern dermatitis, dew poisoning, or greasy […]


Yielding the Hips, Part Two

August 8, 2018
Jenn Zeller

Here, we continue our series in helping Cosmo, my 4 year old mare, with getting soft, looking us up, and yielding her feet to us. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments. I’ll do my best to answer them! Happy Trails!


Summer Cow Camp 101: Living Situation

August 6, 2018
Jolyn Young

Every summer, hundreds (okay, maybe dozens) of cowboys head to cow camp. They leave headquarters to follow the cattle high up into the mountains for a few months. The air is cooler, the feed is taller, and the water flows more abundantly at these higher elevations, allowing the ranch to most efficiently use its natural […]


If You Give A Boy A Rope…

August 4, 2018
Savanna Simmons

My friend Amy Potter over at Ranch Wife Revolution came up with this sweet adaptation of “If you give a boy a baseball” that really fits her family. I shared Amy’s version of If You Give A Girl a Rope… and this version is for her son, Colt. A handsome, talented fella, who is driven […]


Yielding the Hips, Part One

August 2, 2018
Jenn Zeller

Yielding the hips is one of the most important things you can teach a colt to do. In the first video in this series, you’ll see Zach Ducheneaux working with a 4 year old mare. She’s not particularly tight. However, she’s not tuned into, or looking to the human to help her or give her […]


Dirty Work

July 30, 2018
Jolyn Young

Oh, good, I thought as I walked down to the corral with camera in hand. There’s a lot of dust today; my branding pictures will look so cool! But that spring day during a drought at the O RO Ranch in northern Arizona held more dust than I bargained for. I could barely see what was […]


National Day of the Cowboy: Photo Gallery

July 28, 2018
Savanna Simmons

National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated the fourth Saturday in July, and oddly enough, very few cowboys will stop and celebrate it. They won’t be found hastagging NationalDayoftheCowboy on Instagram or taking a selfie with a fellow cowboy while they move pairs so they can post it on Facebook later. They will roll out […]


If You Give A Girl A Rope…

July 25, 2018
Savanna Simmons

My friend Amy Potter over at Ranch Wife Revolution came up with this sweet adaptation of “If you give a boy a baseball” that really fits her family and daughter (who everyone calls Fred, but whose name is actually Carlee) quite well. This girl is ridiculously talented, like her dad, mom, and older brother (I’ll […]


Kinesiology Taping Horses with Laurel Statz

July 22, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I have been intrigued with Kinesiology taping for some time, so I reached out to my friend from Wisconsin, Laurel Statz, CVT, CEMT, CEKTP, with Spot On Ranch and Equine Bodywork. Here’s what she had to say about the history of kinesiology taping and using it to improve and heal our horses. In Laurel’s words: Kinesiology […]


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