Ranch Life Articles

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 […]


A Mule Sprouts Wings

November 1, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

I spent a fall and winter working for an outfit that had absolutely the worst fences I’d ever seen. The perimeter fences were maintained by the neighbors in self defense, so at least all this ranch’s stock stayed on the ranch. But, the division fences were usually hanging a foot or so off the ground […]


A Well Trained Mind Directs Circumstance. Ground Work for Weanlings

October 30, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

Fall is here. For many that means pumpkin spice and sweaters, but for us at North Four Mile Creek it means it is time to wean the foals. Days to come will be filled with working and playing with them. The foals all have their own personalities and they all have to have some basic […]


Cowboy Kindergarten

October 29, 2019
Jolyn Young

How do little cowboys learn to be full-fledged working cowboys? By going to Cowboy Kindergarten, of course. That is what I refer to the area behind our house. We set up roping dummies, a bucking barrel, and a trampoline in this stretch of dirt between the house and the arena. The trampoline is stocked with […]


American Cowgirl Project – Artist Gabriel Krekk

October 27, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

American Cowgirl Project, Created by Artist Gabriel Krekk For many, there is nothing more intriguing, invigorating, and iconic than the American Cowgirl. The image of the American Cowgirl has won over hearts worldwide when she has graced silver screens and been in books, and magazines alike. In real life, you might have caught a glimpse […]


Fall Works

October 25, 2019
Jolyn Young

Ah, I love me some fall works! The air is turning crisp and cool, the leaves are turning red and gold, and the calves are turning into paychecks. It’s my favorite time to get out on the ranch with my husband and take some pictures. This year finds him day working for the C Punch […]


Latigo Preservation

October 23, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

Latigos. One uses them every time they saddle a horse, yet they are nearly forgotten until there is a major system failure. Latigos wear out, as do offside billets. The rigging on the saddle rubs on the leather or nylon, depending on what kind you use, until is starts wearing through on the edges. It […]


Q&A with producer of Cowboys, the film

October 14, 2019
Savanna Simmons

I visited with Bud Force, co-director, cinematographer, and producer of documentary portrait film “Cowboys” set to premiere Oct. 25 at the Austin Film Festival. I will be attending the film’s premiere at the Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo, and based on just the stills and clips shared on “Cowboys” website and Facebook […]