Ranch Life Articles

Use Leverage To Your Advantage

June 21, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

I’m on a lot of social media pages that concern stockmanship, horsemanship and livestock handling. I learn a great deal of new ways of doing things and enjoy seeing and learning how things are done other places. That said, I also see some things that make me scratch my head and wonder. One of those […]


Kid Horse Initiation

June 16, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

Some horses are just born to be outstanding in certain disciplines. It’s partly disposition and attitude, with aptitude added in. This is the case most particularly with kid horses. Not all horses, no matter how old and broke they get, ever achieve the bulletproof kid horse. Not their fault, just how they are. We had […]


Fast Trip For A Little Girl and Roxie

June 4, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

Her name was Roxie, and as a child, I thought she was the mot beautiful horse I had ever seen. She was a bright sorrel with light flaxen mane, bald face and four white stockings. She was, at the time of this story, about a three year old I suppose, and belonged to my sister. […]


Making A Point, Or Several, With A Bull

June 2, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

Anyone who has worked cattle much has probably dealt with bulls. They are a necessary evil that ranchers have to have on hand to be able to keep raising cattle, but they are, in general, a pain in the neck most of the time. They fight with each other, tear up fence, get hurt just […]


Western Wednesday, May 26

May 26, 2021
Jenn Zeller

It’s Wednesday and that means we get western! I mean if you don’t want to see images of cowboys and horses, by all means, feel free to move on. Otherwise…


WINDY RIDGE CHRONICLES: Making A Memory

May 25, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

It’s been a while since I reported in from this windy ridge. Time sure passes quickly, though life itself seems to crawl along in many ways. I was looking at branding pictures of cute little people on big horses, out helping on the ranch, riding with their folks, and learning the life they were born […]


The Hardest of See-You-Laters

May 18, 2021
Jenn Zeller

I dropped everything on Wednesday May 5th, to take our 18 year old ranch stallion, Poco Tivio Pep (Chachi) to the vet. He couldn’t breathe. Fluid was running from his nose like water from a spout. By Tuesday evening, it was obvious he struggled to breath and realized we might be dealing with heaves. After […]


Boss of the Band

May 9, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

It was late spring and time to take some mares to a stud I’d raised and retained breedings to. I had chosen two grand old mares to take to him and one of them had a rather new foal at her side. I’d carefully loaded the old, crippled black mare Annie and her filly in […]


Western Wednesday

April 26, 2021
Jenn Zeller

It’s Wednesday and that means we get western! I mean if you don’t want to see images of cowboys and horses, by all means, feel free to move on. Otherwise…


Goosey Bulls

April 17, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

All winter we had kept the water tank full for the bulls in the bull pasture. When spring came and the ice went out on the dam, it was one more chore we were glad to stop having to attend to,what with calving and everything else to do, so we shut the tank off. On […]


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