Ranch Life Articles

Cowkids in the Garden

March 29, 2020
Jolyn Young

My kids love to help me in the garden. Even in the off season, we like to spend time in my little fenced plot between the horse pen and the wood pile. All three kids have child-sized trowels and gloves. We added a Tonka dump truck, miniature wheelbarrow, little red wagon, assorted tin cans, and […]

Cowboys: a Documentary Portrait Online Streaming

March 27, 2020
Savanna Simmons

I’m such a proponent of Cowboys: a Documentary Portrait by Bud Force and John Langmore! I’ve seen it in theaters twice now, and I’ve been awaiting (anxiously) the DVD release, and we’ve been offered a treat this weekend only during this COVID lockdown. No going to the theater this weekend. Instead, grill some steaks, have a lovely […]

Race Horse to Ranch Horse: Part 1

March 26, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

On a trip to California we visited some folks that managed a breeding barn that stood a really good, speed bred, AAAT race horse stud. At that farm, they had a daughter of this stud that was, to me, the epitome of all that a horse should look like. You know that picture we all […]

Children’s Book Author, Michelle Provost

March 24, 2020
Savanna Simmons

I found Michelle Provost, author of ABC’s on the Ranch and ABC’s of Horses, on Facebook as she was requesting photos for her second book. Our Appaloosa Chavez found his way into her fun children’s book ABC’s of Horses. If you care to purchase either book, they can be found on Amazon here for the […]

Rock Party

March 22, 2020
Jolyn Young

When I was a kid, my neighbor told me about the rock parties her family used to have. They would invite their friends over, head out back behind the house, and pick rocks from the arena. Ha! I decided to have a rock party with my own kids this past winter, but we didn’t invite […]

Backpack Horsemanship

March 20, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

During my younger years when I was blessed with my baby son, I didn’t let much stand in the way of going on about my business, but a baby does complicate some jobs a bit. I had a front pack for when he was tiny and did quite a bit with him in it, but […]

Windy Ridge Chronicles; Another Journey

March 18, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

It’s been about a year since you’ve heard anything from me on here. It’s been quite a year. My journey has continued, as journeys tend to do. Just not in the direction I had believed it would. When I spoke to you last, it was on my Cottonwood Creek Chronicles page. I’m not on that […]

Q and A with Turquoise Armadillo Co.

March 16, 2020
Savanna Simmons

Rebekah Landmark, owner of Turquoise Armadillo Co., makes the neatest scarves for those of all ages and the prettiest little bows for cowboy girls. She can even create custom gear that includes a brand or particular discipline! Read more about what Rebekah offers and shop with her here: http://turquoisearmadillo-co.myshopify.com How did you get into making […]

Saddle Up and Dance; Historical Recreation

March 11, 2020
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

From the time adventurous folk began settling the Western prairies, through the homesteading era and beyond, all craved to occasionally see and talk to other people. They survived the solitude, yet once in a while longed for fun and entertainment. Dances were favored in these pursuits. We’ve all read stories and seen photos of trail […]

The Perfect Gift

March 9, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

When my son Colin was a boy, he worked beside me every day, no matter what I was doing. He started drawing a paycheck dayworking horseback when he was about seven years old. He didn’t get a check because he was a cute kid, though he was, but because he was good help and would […]