Ranch Life Articles

Bravery Has It’s Limits

May 7, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

It was late summer when I got a call from a guy asking me if I could go get a bull out of his cows and haul him to his place. The bull had a bad eye and he needed to doctor him, plus it was time to get him out of the cows. I […]


Historical Entrepreneurs

May 3, 2020
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

Hard times on Wyoming’s ‘baldheaded prairies’ in the Nineteen-teens and –twenties spawned entrepreneurs. Women kept chickens and sold eggs; or kept cows and sold milk, cream and butter, maybe even cheese. Where there was timber, ambitious men often cut posts to sell to homesteaders who had fences to build. Some ambitious men found a sense […]


A Calf Called Lazarus

April 30, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

The calf was up and had nursed when I made the evening gather of the springers. He was a giant! He was a Charolais cross and looked to weight in the 120 pound range or more. His mama was one of those short, stout Angus cows that raise a big calf every year, one of […]


Riding After Kids

April 26, 2020
Jolyn Young

Last week, I saddled my horse for the first time in two years. That seems like a long time off for a lifelong horse lover such as myself to forego riding, and it was. I used to ride horses for the public. I lope three-year-olds for a cutting horse trainer in Texas, and I cowboyed […]


Race Horse To Ranch Horse: Part 2 Worth The Wait

April 24, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

The morning after I got my California mare home, it was still -28 degrees. The night before when we arrived I had put her in the barn with the borrowed blanket on, but had left the stall door open so she could go in and out and get a drink at the tank. She was […]


Tricks for Getting a Horse Shod and Handling Feet

April 20, 2020
Mykal Kirkpatrick

In a perfect world, when people are doing their groundwork with a colt, they have gone through the steps to prepare him to have his feet picked up, handled, and eventually shod.  Unfortunately, the horse world is far from perfect, and many times a horse has not been prepared properly, or may just be twitchy […]


Windy Ridge Chronicles; Old Friends and Life Changes

April 18, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

Since my major life change and relocation that I spoke of in my opening story for the all new Windy Ridge Chronicles, I have been away from my horses and cattle. It’s been a hard, hard thing to become accustomed to. Last week I went to where my horses are living for now. I hadn’t […]


Buckaroo Troubador: Upcoming Facebook Live Concert

April 17, 2020
Jolyn Young

Daron Little writes and sings about what he knows: the cowboy lifestyle. He rides and ropes for a living, and he enjoys sharing those experiences with others through his music. “Once in a great while, a songwriter/singer comes along in the Western music realm who gets it…Daron Little has done just that,” wrote Juni Fisher, […]


Historical Horseback Tragedies at Clareton

April 14, 2020
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

“News-Journal July 03, 1919 – If you are looking for a good time attend the dance at the”Townsend” hall near Wild Cat the evening of July 4th!” That item from the Newcastle, WY newspaper probably brought a lot of riders across hot prairie trails in the cool of the evening for festivities at a location […]


Agitated Angus

April 12, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

Back in the very early 80s I was working for an old couple one spring calving cows and heifers. It was a cold, dry spring, and I don’t recall that it rained one time while I was there through calving and branding season. But it was cold and the wind blew most of the time, […]