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A Triple A Heifer Meets A Race Horse

August 10, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

  There may be critters more hair brained than a yearling Saler heifer, but I can’t think of one right at the moment.   While making my rounds checking some steers, I found a little bunch of yearling heifers that had infiltrated their ranks. The steers sure weren’t minding the feminine company, but I didn’t need […]


End of Ride Preparation

August 6, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I’ve learned quite a few tips and tricks throughout the years, and one of the handiest is how to put my tack away, such that it is ready and efficient for the next horse. Showing up late to rodeos with  moments to spare, as well as throwing a saddle on a lot of colts will […]


20 Things To Do While Your Husband Is At Camp

August 5, 2015
Jolyn Young

Jim is away for a few days working at the neighbor’s again, which is pretty close to being at camp. The Monitor Valley ranch, owned by the same company as the RO, is more remote than a lot of camps. It is accessible only by many miles of dirt road, with no cell phone service […]


Let’s Beat The Heat When Hauling Horses

August 3, 2015
Lynn Kohr

Take off the Plexiglas, open up the vents, leave the windows down…let the air flow through! Hauling horses in the summer has its challenges, especially in the middle of a hot summer day! Any horse covering keeps their body heat in, even mesh flysheets. For those hot, daytime hauls in the summer, fold up the […]


Summer Of Scary Flying Objects

July 31, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

  Back when I was in high school I rode a sorrel gelding named Joker that my family had raised. He was a really nice horse, but a little snorty on the ground and pretty suspicious of one’s activities while aboard, especially as a colt. He wasn’t broncy, but just quick and sudden, shall we […]


Cow Camp: A Wife’s Perspective

July 30, 2015
Jolyn Young

Cow camp living is so romantic that I went out and bought myself a Glock. I might have a different attitude if I was the one rolling my bed for a week or more of camping fun with horses and cows, but since I’m now the cowboy’s wife staying home alone in an empty house […]


Raise Your Eyes Up. Your Horse Will Follow.

July 29, 2015
Lynn Kohr

When picking your way down a steep, loose rocked, switch-backed and narrow trail, it is oh so tempting to look down. It is hard to look forward to the next step.   Galloping up to an imposing, high jump, it is so very easy to look at the rail, and unnatural to look up and […]


Easing The Bite Of The Curb Chain

July 27, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

Keeping bridles put together for varying horses and their level of training can be a challenge. Having a well equipped tack room is great, but not everyone has everything they need just exactly when they need it. Over the years, I have occasionally found myself with more curb chains than curb straps for my bridles. […]


Working out of the Rodear

July 25, 2015
Jenn Zeller

Summer is in full swing here on the ranch, and that means lots of riding time, colts to start (which means less blogging and sharing stuff with y’all), ranch interns who are here to work and learn, calf brandings galore, and plenty of extra folks around hanging out. Life couldn’t be better. Among the many […]


Powder River Days

July 24, 2015
Rachel Larsen

The second weekend in June in Sheridan, Wyoming was packed with cowboy activities to entertain the entire family. The fourth annual Powder River Days kicked off with a day of ranch horse classes, followed on Sunday by loads of roping and ranch bronc riding. Powder River Days organized by  Toby Vineyard, with the help of […]


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