Ranch Life Articles

The Horse Salesman

September 13, 2014
hmaude

We were sorting pairs to ship home one fall when a gentlemen helped us. He was riding a fat sorrel mare, who tried her darndest to buck him off all the way to the pasture. By buck, I mean she may have caught one inch of air under her hooves as she attempted to heave […]


Horse Industry Terminology

September 11, 2014
Jenn Zeller

There are very few things in this world that I hold as pet peeves.  The list is becoming shorter, the older I get.  I’m realizing, people will do what people will do, and people will be who they are and there’s no point in me being bothered by it.  But, as someone who’s spent the […]


FEMININE VAPORS: A Young Mare Learns A Lesson

September 10, 2014
Jan Swan Wood

FEMININE VAPORS: A Young Mare Learns A Lesson by Jan Swan Wood Many years ago, when my great horse Lily was a rather green, track broke mare, we were taking care of a nice set of replacement heifers for a feller. A couple of times a week one of us would ride through the heifers […]


Saddle Woes: The Offside Cinch Strap

September 9, 2014
hmaude

One late July or early August day years ago, my brother and I were sent an hour south of our place to get the bulls out of our yearling heifers. As in years previous, we were prepared with our geldings, enough semi-heavy duty panels to convert the two-pen corral into something you could load a […]


A Healing Horse.

September 6, 2014
Kay Schrock

 “There’s something about the outside of a horse, that’s good for the inside of a man.” ~Winston Churchill This famous quote is so true. Many people can relate to this, knowing that spending time with a horse can bring healing.  Horses have traditionally been used for work and sport, but I want to tell you […]


Catching Horses

August 31, 2014
Rachel Larsen

Aside from our devotion to morning coffee, we aren’t big on rituals around our outfit.  However there is one simple ceremony we practice on a regular basis.  We catch and halter each and every saddle horse in the corral to lead them out the gate at the end of the day.  Whether they’ve been ridden […]


Why I’m Glad My Kids Ride Horses

August 26, 2014
Jessie Salter

I think most kids naturally love animals. However not all kids are lucky enough to have animals in their lives. Let alone a horse! I’ve talked about pairing the right horse with each kid and I can’t stress enough how important that is. There are so many wonderful life lessons to be learned from teaching […]


Horse Humor

August 15, 2014
Jessie Salter


Wishing On A Loop

August 11, 2014
Jayme Thompson

The life of a cowboy is unpredictable.  Each day is a new adventure.  As my husband sat at the bench in his saddle shop, stamping the fresh leather of a piece for a saddle, he thought of how much he could get accomplished for the customer who awaits his order.  The phone rang, changing the […]


I Can Learn a Thing or Two…

August 7, 2014
Jayme Thompson

The sun began to peek up over the hill that sits behind our house, and through Mattson’s bedroom window.  He jumped up out of bed, with a smile on his face.  This was the day that Mattson had worked all summer for – the 4-H horse show!  As he catches his horse, I load the […]