Ranch Life Articles

The Story of Tuff: Part 1

February 19, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I’ve told you about our horse Chavez, and I’d like to tell you about one other horse that compares to none other, Tuffy’s Connection. Tuff has been mine since 2006 and in my family since 2005. My brother started him in the winter, and took him out west for a summer to cowboy on him […]


Winter Olympics For Equestrians

February 17, 2018
Jolyn Young

The official Olympic equestrian sports take place during the summer, and for good reason: It’s cold. The winter Olympic Games are reserved for athletes who enjoy icy speed, aerial flips, and frozen nose hair. But, if there were winter Olympics for western equestrians and ranch-minded folks, here are a few of the sports: Downhill skiing: […]


Wyoming Cowgirls Part 4

February 16, 2018
Tiffany Schwenke

As explained in the beginning of this Wyoming Cowgirls series, Wyoming is known own both as the Equality State and the Cowboy State, so it stands to reason that there are some amazing Wyoming Cowgirls out working with the men and taking care of their family and business like a lady boss. The Wyoming Cowgirl series […]


Leg Cues: Open the Door

February 14, 2018
Savanna Simmons

This is important enough when you’re working on using those leg cues/buttons that I last talked about that I’m going to take a whole post to say this: open the door. Get your spur out of your horse’s way. Don’t accidentally ask for two cues at once, especially if your horse is just learning these. […]


EHV-1 Confirmed In WY

February 12, 2018
Tiffany Schwenke

Unfortunately, last week there were reports coming from Campbell County in Wyoming that there was a confirmed case of EHV-1. So what is EHV-1? Accordng to Wikipedia-Equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) is a virus of the family Herpesviridae that causes abortion, respiratory disease and occasionally neonatal mortality in horses. Initial spread of EHV-1 by a newly introduced horse through direct and indirect […]


Wyoming Cowgirls Part 3

February 8, 2018
Tiffany Schwenke

In Part 1 in this Wyoming Cowgirl series I first explained the significance of Wyoming being the Equality State and also the Cowboy State. Then Part 2, I told about Wyoming Cowgirls Dianne Boroff and Mandy Frank. In this Wyoming Cowgirls Part 3, I would like to tell you about Wyoming Cowgirls, Codi Gines and […]


Advancing Leg Cues

February 4, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I talked some about the three buttons on a horse’s side that helps a horse figure out exactly what you’re after. Once you have a horse feeling and responding to each of the three cues separately, you can combine them with another leg cue and your reins to get your horse to do some more […]


Wyoming Cowgirls Part 2

February 2, 2018
Tiffany Schwenke

In Wyoming Cowgirls Part 1, I laid out some history about Wyoming being the Equality State, because it was the first state to give women equal rights, and also how it is known as the Cowboys State. Now I’m excited to tell you about a few special modern day Wyoming Cowgirls! These ladies work alongside […]


The Journey: Snowbank Follies

January 31, 2018
Jan Swan Wood

It’s been quite a winter for me so far. I moved in mid-December, which is exactly the wrong time of year to move anyway, but certainly for a ranching enterprise. My cows and horses had moved in November, but the stuff that didn’t load itself and unload itself was moved in December. I have no […]


Emily McCartney: Guest Instagram Photographer

January 29, 2018
Jessie Salter

This week’s Cavvy Savvy Instagram guest is Emily McCartney. Emily McCartney is the 6th generation of the R.A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, TX, but a first generation photographer- especially a “wandering western lifestyle photographer”. Emily began photographing at age 12, started her photography business at age 17, and after graduating from Texas Tech University in May […]


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