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Sweet Clover, Rattlesnakes, and Dale

July 20, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

It’s been a big sweet clover year in the northern plains. For those who aren’t familiar, sweet clover with it’s yellow blossoms, gets really tall and thick. It doesn’t happen every year and needs a good wet spring to really do well. It’s a biennial plant, so, it blooms the second year of it’s cycle. […]


How To Treat A Rattlesnake Bite

July 18, 2019
Jolyn Young

Rattlesnakes are a fact of life out West, just like droughts, John Wayne movies, and beautiful sunsets. Many cowboys and equestrians encounter poisonous snakes and other wildlife when riding outside, but not all know how to properly treat themselves or a companion if bitten by one of these potentially deadly reptiles. The Center for Disease […]


Lessons Learned At The Rodeo

July 15, 2019
Jolyn Young

While driving into town a couple weeks ago, I saw a flyer advertising a rodeo at the local fairgrounds. I decided to sign up my two big kids for mutton busting and take all 3 of my offspring to the rodeo by myself, because I am insane. My husband would have helped wrangle our crew, […]


Back Cinch Blunders

July 13, 2019
Savanna Simmons

Plenty of reasons exist for the use of a back cinch, roping being the most prominent of reasons, to my mind, as well as starting a colt, to keep the saddle closer to the colt should he buck, and get him used to and comfortable with the feel as early as possible. An equal amount […]


Italian Cowboy Comes To America

July 8, 2019
Jolyn Young

Two years ago, I received an email from an Italian cowboy. Massimo Tupone, aka “Max,” wrote to say he followed my blog and was an avid fan of the American West. He lived in Guardiagrele, a small town up in the mountains of central Italy near Rome. Max and his friend Luca enjoyed team roping […]


KrossCheck Leverage Device For Equine Soundness

July 4, 2019
Jenn Zeller

This Spring, I learned about a new hoof testing device called the KrossCheck Leverage System. My good barrel horse came up crippled after our first run of the year. I was devastated. Radiographs taken in Texas, where I was at, showed fractured side bones, and low ringbone. That vet wanted to inject the coffin joint, […]


Open Range

July 2, 2019
Jolyn Young

Acclaimed photographer John Langmore’s latest photo book, Open Range, far surpasses all expectations of quality coverage of the working cowboy and his lifestyle. Langmore has long photographed ranches around the West, some of which he worked on as a cowboy in his younger years. His work is known worldwide for accurately depicting the American cowboy at work, […]


Short Serpentines

June 26, 2019
Jenn Zeller

Hi friends! I’ve been busy taking care of my horses this Spring, and of course the rain that we’ve been blessed with here in South Dakota has really put everyone behind where branding and such goes! I wanted to take this moment to share with you one of my FAVORITE drills for my horses. I […]


7th Annual Early Californios Skills of the Rancho

June 24, 2019
Jolyn Young

For the seventh consecutive year, ranch roping enthusiasts will gather to compete and celebrate traditional roping and horsemanship methods developed during the mission days of early California. The Early Californios Skills of the Rancho, or “The Skills” as it is commonly known, will be held July 12-14  at the Tejon Ranch Equestrian Center in Lebec, […]


Riding Your Horse with Purpose

June 21, 2019
Tristen Baroni

Today we are once again diving into my strange brain. Enter at your own risk! In this video I put a ride on one of my horses in the Meyer Company ranch horses program. I cover a wide variety of topics from the halt all the way to the lope. Try and take some of […]


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