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Million Dollar Horse

August 23, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

When my son was five, my Dad had major heart surgery and wasn’t allowed to do anything all that summer and into fall. So, I’d be taking care of the ranch and doing the riding for him. Colin had to go along, but the issue of a saddle horse for him was serious. The old […]

Ranching In The Sunshine State

August 19, 2023
Marisol Tarango

The Sunshine State, Disney World, Universal Studios, beaches, and the Everglades: I bet you know what state I’m talking about. These are the many things that people associate with my home state, Florida. And while they play a big role in our culture and economy, there is another big player that not many people know […]

Headed For Shade On The First Ride Available

August 17, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

It had been pretty dry up in the foothills on the ranch where we were working. To save the grass on the home ranch, the boss leased some pasture about 90 miles away and out on the prairie. He and his wife ran their yearling replacement heifers there, and in an adjoining pasture, their daughter […]

Gumbo, Horses and Water

August 11, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

Growing up on and living on gumbo country most of my life, I have a very real fear of getting a horse bogged and maybe crippled in a creek or dam. I’ve had it happen, and as a result, had from early on, schooled my son on the risks of gumbo creeks and dams. I’m […]

Downer Bull

August 5, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

We had been pulling bulls for several days as breeding season was over. It was rough, timbered, river break country with oak choked canyons and lots of brush so some of them were a little hard to locate. We were down to the last pasture and one bull was missing. They were mature Charolais bulls, […]

Roping a Badger

July 24, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

My Dad was an all business sort of guy in my growing up years, and certainly didn’t indulge in wild cowboy stunts. So, when he roped a badger, it was for a very good reason, which was to rid the ranch of a badger that had been digging up fence posts and making dangerous holes […]

Kelly, the Workaholic Horse

July 20, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

It had been a long summer with lots of doctoring of yearlings. One bunch had a viral pinkeye and another had footrot. It just didn’t let up. The footrots I doctored where I found them, but the pinkeyes were driven to a little portable pen and taken back to the place where I could doctor […]

Gettin’ Rattled

July 16, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

We day worked a lot back in the day and one of the people we worked for had a big summer range about 25 miles from us. It was good country with strong grass and plenty of water. He ran mother cows on it every summer and into the fall. He had a guy who […]

A Hot and Dirty Job

July 14, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

Hot summers on the northern plains aren’t unusual, but the summer of ’82 was hotter than average. Besides daytime temps of 100 plus degrees, it didn’t cool off at night much below the mid-80s. I was riding on a big string of yearlings and getting through them before it was scorching hot was pretty important, […]

Gritty But Satisfying

July 10, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

Back in the era of riding bog lines daily it got pretty monotonous. Each day, no matter what else I had going on, that bog line needed ridden. Many times I pulled the same lamb out of the same bog hole for days on end. They weren’t quick studies. I was about 18 when another […]