Ranch Life Articles

Christmas, Cowboy Style, with Chris Petersen

December 22, 2020
Jenn Zeller

Chris Peterson, spread some Christmas Cheer this week, Cowboy Style! Chris is Utah native, a cowboy, a talented singer-songwriter that I’m fortunate enough to call “friend”. This video below will make you laugh, and may bring a tear to your eye! They spread some Christmas cheer in the snow, Cowboy style!


Santa and the Sorrel

December 17, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

Some years ago on Christmas Eve, while we were snug in bed, I thought I heard a noise outside, so strange, sleep quickly fled.   I nudged Hubby and he said, “Yes I heard it too my dear. It must surely be the horses, t’would be no one else out here.”   For we were […]


Cowboyin’ With Cody and Kody

December 15, 2020
Tiffany Schwenke

I recently asked Kody Walter to tell us about her and her fiancé Cody Wheeler’s backstory and how they came to be cowboyin’ together all across the west. Cody Wheeler grew up in a sale barn that his grandpa had started in Osceola, MO. I, Kody Walter, grew up helping my dad, Pinky Walter, on […]


Collection From the Ground, Part 1

December 11, 2020
Jenn Zeller

Collection seems to be a commonly misunderstood yet important part of horsemanship. It starts on the ground. When making a saddle horse, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have your ground work working well! In this series we’ll go through the process of how we free up the feet to build a […]


Cowboy Artist Will Berg

December 7, 2020
Tiffany Schwenke

  Will Berg is a man of many talents and enjoys creating different types of art from painting with oil or watercolor, to music with his guitar, to leather work, and even to the horses he rides. I recently asked Will to tell us a little of his backstory… WB: I grew up with a […]


Cowgirl Craftswoman Justine Nelson

December 2, 2020
Tiffany Schwenke

Cowgirl Craftswoman Justine Nelson is making a name for herself with her quality made western gear.  Utilizing her talent and skills with everything from harvesting cow hides for braiding rawhide to custom built saddles, Justine is making using gear that are works of art. I recently asked Justine to tell us a little about herself […]


Dear Mr. President-to-Be

November 3, 2020
Ruth Wiechmann

President Trump and former Vice President Biden, We are the voice of agriculture. We are America’s farmers and ranchers. We raise sheep and cattle, chickens and hogs, corn and wheat, cotton and beans. We feed Americans; we feed the world. We are your supporters. We fly Make America Great flags along our highways and on […]


Foggy Gather

October 28, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

Foggy weather can be a real problem when there’s work to be done. Trying to gather in heavy fog is nearly impossible and if you don’t know the country, you can be riding in circles while trying to gather. My five year old son and I had finished up some daywork elsewhere and still needed to […]


When Cows Take Orders

October 22, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

It was in the fall and I had gone to a pasture I had leased to gather the cows and calves and take them to a set of corrals to load them out to go home. The cows handled easily as I gathered and trailed them across the other pastures toward the corrals. Just below […]


Windy Ridge Chronicles: Fear of Knowing

October 5, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

Life has changed so much for me in the past year and a half. The change has been for the better, physical health wise, but not so much for my heart. The heart that lives and breaths ranching, cattle, and saddle horses, has taken quite a beating. But it’s still beating. In April of 2019, […]