Ranch Life Articles

Dear Mr. President-to-Be

November 3, 2020
Ruth Wiechmann

President Trump and former Vice President Biden, We are the voice of agriculture. We are America’s farmers and ranchers. We raise sheep and cattle, chickens and hogs, corn and wheat, cotton and beans. We feed Americans; we feed the world. We are your supporters. We fly Make America Great flags along our highways and on […]


Foggy Gather

October 28, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

Foggy weather can be a real problem when there’s work to be done. Trying to gather in heavy fog is nearly impossible and if you don’t know the country, you can be riding in circles while trying to gather. My five year old son and I had finished up some daywork elsewhere and still needed to […]


When Cows Take Orders

October 22, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

It was in the fall and I had gone to a pasture I had leased to gather the cows and calves and take them to a set of corrals to load them out to go home. The cows handled easily as I gathered and trailed them across the other pastures toward the corrals. Just below […]


Windy Ridge Chronicles: Fear of Knowing

October 5, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

Life has changed so much for me in the past year and a half. The change has been for the better, physical health wise, but not so much for my heart. The heart that lives and breaths ranching, cattle, and saddle horses, has taken quite a beating. But it’s still beating. In April of 2019, […]


Book Release: Brim and the Big Cat Blunder

September 29, 2020
Savanna Simmons

New release children’s chapter book Brim and the Big Cat Blunder by author Savanna Simmons is a thrilling tale about the turmoil and internal strife of a 10-year-old boy. For all intents and purposes, Brim’s life is great on the ranch, but he fights the desire to be older than his years. The books winds its […]


Saddle Pad Relief

September 3, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

I like horses with a good set of withers. Because of that, I have taken a knife to some saddle pads to accommodate those high withers and keep pressure from the top of them, but that sure is hard to do with what saddle pads cost these days. Plus, it compromises the good qualities of […]


Tall Horse Challenge

August 30, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

I was day working for some folks in the fall twenty plus years ago. It was a family ranch with the patriarch of the clan there as well. We were preparing to gather a big pasture to ship the cows home as I recall. I had brought a horse of my Dad’s, as my string […]


Circle the Wagons: The Happy Toy Maker’s Thayne Slater

August 28, 2020
Savanna Simmons

My friend Jerry Sims posted a call for support for his hired man, Thayne Slater. Please consider purchasing a raffle ticket for any amount you care to from $1 on up. Jerry is wonderful support to many causes and organizations, and this one’s mighty important and a great way to thank him. Here are a […]


Fence Jumpin’ Heifer

August 17, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

My summer herd cattle had kept me buried all summer with chronic pink eyes and footrots. I was plenty busy with them, plus checking on my folks’ cattle that were nearby. My folks had a barren Charolais cross heifer that Dad had bought who was a traveling thing. I had had to go find her […]


Tight Squeeze

July 29, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

Some of the outfits I day worked for over the years had big Longhorn “lead” steers that they ran with their cows and yearlings. They were all, as far as I know, former roping steers, therefore had attitude running out their ears. That attitude usually being to work against you in any circumstance in which […]


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