Ranch Life Articles

How To Work A Gate Horseback

December 9, 2018
Tristen Baroni

A horse that can work a gate well has been and always will be sought after. Operating a gate, working alleys, and cattle well are a sure way to get invited back to an event or get hired, depending on your position. The gate offers us a great opportunity to let our horses have a […]

Diamonds In The Desert Performance Horse Sale

November 30, 2018
Tiffany Schwenke

  Diamonds In The Desert Performance Horse Sale is a new and exciting sale!  The sale is happening in Las Vegas, Nevada during the WNFR at the Plaza Hotel, December 13th at 1pm! MM Auction Services, LLC owned and operated by high school rodeo sweethearts, Colby and Codi Gines of Powell, Wyoming are more than delighted […]

Tree Selfies; Cottonwood Creek Chronicles

November 17, 2018
Jan Swan Wood

Since late summer we have had some game cams up down along the creeks and in a couple of big draws on the place. Our deer hunter friend provided them and we were glad to put them up, being curious as to what we’d see of the wildlife that traverses those routes. We know there […]

Halter Breaking the Young Horse

November 15, 2018
Jenn Zeller

There are some subtle little things you can do when halter breaking a young horse. These quick points will help them lead better, hunt you up, and make it easier to get them haltered. Enjoy! Happy Trails!

Smokie Brannaman on Keeping Confidence

November 12, 2018
Savanna Simmons

Following parts one and two on lacking and building confidence. Once you find a horse that you feel you can trust, work slowly. Become comfortable on the ground, and use groundwork to establish some commands that will be needed once you’re in the saddle. Then keep layering on a little more each time. “Push a […]

Jake Zielke – The Lost Cowboy- Part 1 – Australia

November 10, 2018
Tiffany Schwenke

Being adventurous and working with livestock all around the world is something most people dream about, but Jake Zielke has made it into a reality. Join along with us as we tell about his adventures in this series; Jake Zielke- The Lost Cowboy. Australia “This is where you get out.” The pilot said as he […]

Smokie Brannaman on Building Confidence

November 2, 2018
Savanna Simmons

Following part 1 on lacking confidence. “A lot of folks will say just climb back on, you’ll get over it,” Smokie said, “But you have to back up and think of things differently. Sometimes you have to start yourself over with a horse. Find a horse that is trustworthy, one that can help you out […]

Smokie Brannaman on Lacking Confidence

October 26, 2018
Savanna Simmons

As a mother, I have discovered a crux of sorts in regard to horses and confidence. Here’s the thing, I have minimal confidence, which leads to guilt and feelings of depression. Horses have always been a large part of who I am, and so when I’m afraid of riding some horses, my self worth can […]

Circle the Wagons: Peterson Family

October 24, 2018
Savanna Simmons

A person doesn’t need to meet the Peterson family to know just how wonderful, kind, Godly, and loved they are. The Petersons, from Paradise, Arizona, lost their 17-year-old son Quirt to a ranch accident about a month ago. Quirt was the oldest of four kids and was, quite clearly, a hand, and a kind kid. […]

Cottonwood Creek Chronicles: Tired Horses

October 8, 2018
Jan Swan Wood

Many years ago my grandmother told me that getting old wasn’t for sissies. Also many years ago, my family doctor told me that if I kept abusing my body like I was, doing what I did for a living, that I was going to be old before my time. Of course, at 21, we’re all […]