Ranch Life Articles

Western Wednesday, in Black and White

December 1, 2021
Jenn Zeller

“And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of such beauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders. No one will tire of looking at him as long as he will display himself in his splendor.” -Xenophon


Western Wednesday – October 27

October 27, 2021
Jenn Zeller

“HEARTWORK Each day is born with a sunrise and ends in a sunset, the same way we open our eyes to see the light, and close them to hear the dark. You have no control over how your story begins or ends. But by now, you should know that all things have an ending. Every […]


A Little Cowboy’s Wish Fulfilled

October 26, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

My son turned 31 recently. Time has sure flown. It seems like yesterday he was a little boy. Now he has boys of his own. I remember when his fourth birthday was coming up and I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. To preface this, his Dad and I, with him in tow […]


Cowkid Classroom

October 24, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

When my little son was almost four years old, we were helping a friend work his cows in the fall. His old trusted horse Lobo had passed away a few weeks before, so for the later fall work, I was leading Colin on my top horse Kelly. Kelly was gentle and liked Colin and was […]


Bunch Quitter Cure

October 12, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

There were six of us kids, strung out over 14 years, and I was the youngest. Dad had his own homegrown crew every time there was any job to be done. My oldest brother was gone to college by this time, but I think everyone else was still home. I was quite a bit younger, […]


Cowboy Boot Style Evolution

October 10, 2021
Jolyn Young

I had to buy cowboy boots the other day, because it’s been a year or eight since I purchased a new pair. I wish I was kidding. A combination of more motherhood=less saddle time, owning a few pairs that I rotated through so none were too worn, and just not really stopping to consider the […]


Got Thoroughbred?

October 8, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

It had been a wet fall and the country was saturated. We were day working and staying very busy in spite of the mud. One outfit we did all the riding for had postponed getting their yearling heifers out of a remote pasture several times due to the gravel road nearest to it being impassable. […]


Pros and Cons of Take Your Son to Work Day

October 6, 2021
Jolyn Young

I’m a full time mom, part time writer, and very occasional day worker. My oldest two kids go to school every day while my three-year-old son Levi tags along with me wherever I go. Last week, me and Levi helped a local rancher process cattle for the fall works. The processing chute and corrals are […]


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 […]


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