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Bucking Horse Attraction

October 4, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

When my son was not quite four years old, we bought a place in the country that was right along a county road. I worried about the traffic as everyone drove it like the Indy 500. Consequently, I had lectured him repeatedly about the dangers of that road and to never, ever get out by […]


Early Morning Gather

September 30, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

It’s early fall right now, with people shipping livestock and doing the fall works on cattle. I rode on pasture cattle for years, so this time of year always makes me think of those days. By this time, my string of horses would be weary along with me. Troublesome bunches of yearlings were gladly seen […]


Say What? Colorful Phrases With Cowboy Origins

September 28, 2021
Jolyn Young

The cowboy world has produced many colorful phrases that folks might use and not realize their Western ties. “Ride for the brand,” “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” and “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink” are common phrases used by country and city people alike. Here […]


Hard Lesson Well Learned

September 15, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

When I was a little runt of a kid, probably around five years old, I rode a pony that I loved in spite of his tendency to run off with me. His name was Skipper. I spent hours every day just hanging out with him and riding him around in the corrals with no bridle […]


Spider the Bucking Horse

September 10, 2021
Ruth Nicolaus

There’s a hole a special horse used to fill, at the Gunderson ranch in western North Dakota. H46 Spider, a bucking horse in the Bailey Pro Rodeo string, has passed on to greener pastures. He was originally owned by Montanan Jack Hinland, who sold him to Shane Vaira. The 26-year-old gelding died of colic on […]


Benefits of Beet Pulp for Older Horses

September 5, 2021
Jolyn Young

Most horses thrive on a fairly standard diet of hay and water. Grass, alfalfa, oat, or a combination of those types usually provides adequate nutrition and keeps the average horse at a healthy weight. But senior horses can benefit from adding beet pulp to their diet in addition to providing plenty of high quality hay. […]


Cow Pasture Napping

September 3, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

It had been a very long, hot summer riding on contract cattle. The yearling steers and spayed heifers had pinkeye running rampant, the replacement heifers had footrot going strong, and the cow/calf pairs had the usual bull problems. So, after three months, my string and I were weary. Especially me, as there was only one […]


Sky is the Limit

September 1, 2021
Ruth Nicolaus

A very special horse changed the course of Nikki Steffes Hansen’s life. Because of Sky High Guy, the South Dakota barrel racer is training horses and competing on them instead of being a dentist. This year, she’s decided to retire the seventeen-year-old palomino from professional competition. She and Sky’s paths crossed when he was a […]


Gastric Ulcers in Horses

August 28, 2021
Jolyn Young

Gastric ulcers in horses are a common condition for performance or using horses. While not as commonly discussed as colic, they cause similar symptoms but require a different treatment plan. Gastric ulcers are sores that occur in the stomach lining and cause great discomfort. Left untreated, they can lead to undesirable behavioral changes and poor […]


Mommy, You Saved Me!

August 24, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

When my son was three, my husband and I took on a cattle contract. We had charge of about 4000 yearling steers and 750 mother cows. The yearlings were about evenly split between two summer leases 25 miles apart, and the cows were on the lease closest to our headquarters. We started early and quit […]