Ranch Life Articles


December 4, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

It’s not always possible to separate horses just the way you need to. Lack of space and facilities plus horse personalities can make running certain horses together a challenge. It could be a stud, a nasty mare or even a bossy gelding that is the trouble maker in a bunch. A simple and old fashioned […]

A Close Call – Donald, Dunny, and The Elk

December 2, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

My husband, Mark, is the cow boss at the Boot Ranch located southwest of Douglas, WY. The Boot Ranch has acquired different ranches over the years, so it isn’t all connected. It is spread out, with areas over 60 miles apart from each other. One being what they call the Burnett Place that is over […]

Art of the Cowgirl Horsemanship Fellowship’s Journey: Part 2

November 30, 2019
Savanna Simmons

If you haven’t yet, read part 1 of Alicia Adamson’s recap of her experience as Art of the Cowgirl’s first horsemanship fellowship recipient. After the Art of the Cowgirl Event, Jaimie Stoltzfus was in touch with me regarding timing and travel plans. We lined up dates and she took care of most of the arrangements. […]

A Horse Person’s Thankful Season

November 28, 2019
Jolyn Young

Happy Thanksgiving week! This is our first year as homeowners and horse owners. My husband day works and gathers feral livestock for a living, and I hold down the 5-acre home fort with our three kids. As we wrap up this thankful month, I feel so blessed to have a lot that I’m thankful for. […]

Western Wednesday

November 27, 2019
Jenn Zeller

“Ain’t nuthin’ like ridin’ a fine horse in new country.” Agustus MacCrae Jason Perry of Perry Quarter Horses rides Pistol Cat Boone, a 2015 Black gelding.

Meet The Horsewoman and Artist, Olivia Constance Hunsperger

November 25, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

Olivia Constance Hunsperger is a horsewomen and artist whom I’ve kept my eye on for awhile now. Her horses are fancy and she creates unique artistic visuals that I think are awesome! I recently asked Olivia to tell us more about herself and her journey as a horsewoman and artist. OCH: They say, I came […]

Art of the Cowgirl Horsemanship Fellowship’s Journey: Part 1

November 17, 2019
Savanna Simmons

I (Savanna) have been excited about the mission of Tammy Pate’s Art of the Cowgirl event since I first heard about it more than a year ago. I attended the first event as a gift from my family and was immediately in awe of the caliber of talent and artistry. I first rode with Lee Smith […]

New Tips to Halter Break Your Colt

November 13, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

Recently, while working to halter break a colt, my dad decided to try something new. He decided to teach this one to lead with his mom in the round corral. My dad is 69 years old and been working with horses his entire life. He is a true horseman as he knows he is still […]

How to Tie a Rope Halter

November 11, 2019
Jenn Zeller

I’ve used rope halters for years, and it wasn’t until I was in college that I learned there’s actually a right way and wrong way to tie them. In the video below I’ll show you the right way, and tell you why it’s the better way to do it. Happy Trails!

Trailer Loading

November 4, 2019
Jolyn Young

Trailer loading is an essential skill for a working cowboy. Oftentimes, cattle need to be caught and loaded into a stock trailer way out on the range, far from the convenience of corrals and a loading chute. But with enough knowledge, a rope, and a horse, a cowboy crew can load bovines with very little […]