Ranch Life Articles

Gotta Get Down? Get A Get-Down Rope.

August 27, 2015
Jolyn Young

Cowboys all over cowboy country use bridles on their horses, and out here in the Great Basin we add a get-down rope onto a bridle outfit as well. A buckaroo never leads his horse by his bridle reins, as that can bump the bit against the roof of his horse’s mouth, causing pain and damage. […]


Fall Work and a Fall…

August 24, 2015
Jenn Zeller

Of all the jobs there are to do on the ranch, working cattle, horseback, has to be my favorite. Fall and Winter provide no shortage of opportunities to ride, which makes this cowgirl extra happy, and happy is my default setting, y’all. One of the reasons we choose to work our cattle horseback is because […]


Don’t Be Scared To Lose Your Rope

August 20, 2015
Jolyn Young

I’d been working on a ranch in Nevada for a few months, but I was still timid about roping outside. Then one day I overheard my boss tell someone “And apparently I’m the only one around here who can neck anything.” I knew I needed to do something different, but I was intimidated. What if […]


Where Not To Carry Your Cell Phone While Horseback

August 19, 2015
Maria Tibbetts

When you’re traveling through Cody, Wyoming, you should stop at the Dug Up Gun Museum. It features more than 1,500 specimens of firearms that have been — literally– dug up. Looking at some of these firearms with three rounds still in the chamber and rusted at full-cock, my imagination takes off and tries to fill […]


Building A Family

August 12, 2015
Jolyn Young

My neighbor had a baby this spring, my other neighbor had a baby this summer, and I’m due to have a baby this fall. When we three go to a ranch rodeo together, people see us and caution each other not to drink the water where we live. This is only my second baby, so […]


A Triple A Heifer Meets A Race Horse

August 10, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

  There may be critters more hair brained than a yearling Saler heifer, but I can’t think of one right at the moment.   While making my rounds checking some steers, I found a little bunch of yearling heifers that had infiltrated their ranks. The steers sure weren’t minding the feminine company, but I didn’t need […]


20 Things To Do While Your Husband Is At Camp

August 5, 2015
Jolyn Young

Jim is away for a few days working at the neighbor’s again, which is pretty close to being at camp. The Monitor Valley ranch, owned by the same company as the RO, is more remote than a lot of camps. It is accessible only by many miles of dirt road, with no cell phone service […]


Summer Of Scary Flying Objects

July 31, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

  Back when I was in high school I rode a sorrel gelding named Joker that my family had raised. He was a really nice horse, but a little snorty on the ground and pretty suspicious of one’s activities while aboard, especially as a colt. He wasn’t broncy, but just quick and sudden, shall we […]


Cow Camp: A Wife’s Perspective

July 30, 2015
Jolyn Young

Cow camp living is so romantic that I went out and bought myself a Glock. I might have a different attitude if I was the one rolling my bed for a week or more of camping fun with horses and cows, but since I’m now the cowboy’s wife staying home alone in an empty house […]


Easing The Bite Of The Curb Chain

July 27, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

Keeping bridles put together for varying horses and their level of training can be a challenge. Having a well equipped tack room is great, but not everyone has everything they need just exactly when they need it. Over the years, I have occasionally found myself with more curb chains than curb straps for my bridles. […]


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