Ranch Life Articles

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

February 22, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

It was time to give spring vaccinations and wormer to the horses, so I had saddled Lily up to go trot the main bunch of about 20 head in from the north pasture. I had them in the windbreak corral and was letting a few head at a time into a smaller pen to work […]


Mud Bogging Horse Race

February 12, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

My Dad’s “horse of a lifetime” was a good homebred buckskin gelding named Reno. He was fast, cowy, a cat on his feet, and smarter than he sometimes needed to be. He was sired by the ranch stud Mack, who was a close up Peter McCue bred horse, and out of a good Thoroughbred mare. […]


Racehorse to Ranch Horse Part 4: Stand Still

January 21, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

The cold winter days continued, as did the education of the ex-racehorse I had named Lily. Calving started March 1, and I rode her through calving and she seemed to really enjoy pairing out the heifers and their new calves. As high powered as she was, she would gear down and idle along behind a […]


Annie and Cody

January 10, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

Back in the days of running a small broodmare band and standing two stallions, I was always interested in older mares with the old time pedigrees and characteristics to add to the band. Even with the extra work and maintenance old mares took, they were nearly always worth the extra effort. I had been taught […]


Faith, Family, Cattle – Avery / Graham Ranch

January 8, 2021
Tiffany Schwenke

Faith, Family, Cattle is what you will find at the Avery / Graham Ranch near Moorcroft, WY. I recently asked Delcy Graham to tell us a little about her family’s ranch. “Cowboying has been in our blood for generations, so it only comes naturally that this is what we are still doing to this day. […]


WINDY RIDGE CHRONICLES: A Return on Investment

December 26, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

It’s been a while since I reported life from this windy ridge. The cold December wind is whistling around the house and making the eaves rattle. It makes me glad to have a job indoors to do today. Fall works are done on the ranch where my cows run on shares. When those cows were […]


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 […]