Ranch Life Articles

Ride the Progression

June 9, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I just got back from my annual trip to ride with Buck Brannaman. I’ll be posting in a few installments about the “buzz” words if you will, from this time around. The principles drilled into us at this clinic are as follows: Have a purpose. Be Precise Be consistent. Be punctual.  If you’ve had to […]

Joe Hancock: How the Legend Began

June 4, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

The Hancock line of horses is one of the lines that have had a huge impact on using horses for nearly a century. People either love them or hate them, and they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so to speak. But, they are sure stout, tough, sound horses and they’ll be around for a long […]

Nothing But A Whole Lotta Sagebrush

May 30, 2015
Jolyn Young

I love poking around old homesteads. I especially like to stand at the kitchen (if there is a kitchen) window and look out to see what the ranch wife’s view was when she cooked. It’s usually a small window and a whole lotta sagebrush. Nowadays, our windows are bigger and filled with glass, but there’s […]

Animal Rights V. Animal Welfare

May 29, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I figure most of you reading this are involved in livestock, their production, or wish to be at some point in time. There’s a distinction missing in today’s society about the difference between animal rights and animal welfare, and I thought this a good time to give us all a refresher course on the subject. […]

The Inaugural Yampa River Ranch Rodeo and Iron Man Bronc Riding

May 26, 2015
Rachel Larsen

Everything I know about rodeoing can be summed up in two truths: 1)  You will be cold and wet.  If you are not cold or wet, the sun is shining and  2) you will be hot and sweaty.    You’re already spending your weekend horseback with friends.  Asking for perfect weather is just plain greedy.  That […]

Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo 2015

May 21, 2015
Jolyn Young

Jim and the RO cowboss, Jake, were lucky enough to get entered in the Jordan Valley Big Loop this year. As excited as they were to get a shot at the prestigious trophy saddles, my excitement level registered a close second on the I-can’t-wait-to-get-to-the-rodeo meter. We’ve been living south of Interstate 80 for six months; […]

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

May 19, 2015
Wendel Elliott

I pulled up to the gate at the lower place and being without my trusty gate opener I was going to have to get it myself. I reached down to grab the door handle of the 1997 Ford F250…stop me if you’ve heard this one or have experienced it yourself. You guessed it I was […]


May 17, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

Many years ago, when our kids were pretty young, we hosted a shindig at the ranch where we worked. We had lots of folks and food, we sat around in the shade, visited and played guitars and had a generally great afternoon. There was quite a herd of kids, so they decided to have a […]

Ellie the Calf

May 14, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I’m pretty sure Spring is in full swing.   The wild onions are sprouting.   The Meadowlarks call to one another.   There are ducks everywhere (including our calving corral this morning), and the world is turning an emerald shade of green. There’s been plenty of wind, it’s currently raining, and there’s muddy gumbo everywhere […]

Hat Training

May 12, 2015
Rachel Larsen

I’m blessed with an abundance of hair, rapidly going gray, but that is a story for another time. All this hair makes wearing a cowboy hat a constant struggle for me. The hair and the fact I feel like I am in costume while wearing a hat, mean I seldom wear one. If I am […]

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