Ranch Life Articles

A Recap of Art of the Cowgirl

June 17, 2019
Jenn Zeller

Ever since the first Art of the Cowgirl teaser video was aired, I had been intrigued and wanted to attend. Imagine my excitement when those plans met up with good fortune, and Tammy Pate offered me the chance to assist her with the event. Even though it meant a very busy weekend, the Inaugural “Art […]

5 Things I Don’t Miss About Cow Camp

June 13, 2019
Jolyn Young

My family spent its formative years living on remote ranches located an average of 2 hours from town. While there are many aspects of cow camp life that I miss, here are a few lifestyle traits I was happy to leave behind when we moved to our new location just 8 miles from a small agricultural […]

Transformation Tuesday: Tuning the Horse into You

June 11, 2019
Jenn Zeller

In the video below, we’ll show you what we might do to help a troubled horse tune into you. You’ll see at the beginning, the horse is looking around, kind of blasting through the ground work. He’s not really thinking about what Zach is asking. It doesn’t take too long, however, and his head comes […]

How To Handle Rainy Weather

June 4, 2019
Jolyn Young

It hasn’t rained this much since…well, since the last time it rained this much. Climate change believers blame automobile emissions and factory farming (whatever that is) for the unusual weather patterns, but we who make a living outdoors know the truth: It’s just springtime. This extended cold/wet weather pattern last occurred in northern Nevada in […]

5 Things I Miss About Cow Camp

May 30, 2019
Jolyn Young

We live 8 miles from the small agricultural town of Fallon, Nevada. It’s a big change from our standard living arrangement, which had been roughly 2 hours from town for the past 7 years. My most favorite place we lived was the Triangle N camp of the O RO Ranch in northern Arizona. Here are […]

Photographing a Profile: Positioning the Horse

May 23, 2019
Savanna Simmons

When posing a horse’s profile to shoot for a horse sale, sale ad, stud flyer, or other reason, I find that positioning a horse with the front foot nearest forward, and the hind leg nearest back, and the two off-side legs in closer. This flatters the horse and doesn’t create anything that doesn’t exist, conformation-wise. […]

Cow Camp Weekend

May 20, 2019
Jolyn Young

Earlier this year, our family relocated from the wilds of America (aka “various cattle ranches far from town”) to a small place a few miles from town. Still working as a cowboy, my husband, Jim, hired on with a semi-nearby ranch to help with the spring works. After missing him for two weeks, the kids […]

Photographing a Horse Profile: Positioning Yourself

May 15, 2019
Savanna Simmons

Photographing a horse for sale or standing at stud, that sort of thing, can be a little mystifying, but when you break it down a little, it can be pretty easy to show a horse’s best attributes. I try to represent the horse as best I can with what he really is. I think it’s […]

The Community Kids’ Horse

May 6, 2019
Jolyn Young

We needed another kids’ horse for our growing family, and we didn’t have another suitable one coming up through the home-trained pipeline. My husband Jim and I browsed for-sale websites and asked around, but nearly a year of searching yielded no results. We were willing to shell out some cash, but finding a horse that […]

Good Horse Gone Gray

April 16, 2019
Savanna Simmons

There comes a time when your good horse goes gray, his walk begins to slow and his back shows a sway. His wise old eyes grow cloudy yet they still have that shine, just as yours do when you think back on his long life with pride. The years in which you gave to me, […]