Ranch Life Articles


October 15, 2014
Jan Swan Wood

Maybe It Really Is God’s Country!

October 9, 2014
Bailee Murnion

“There’s nothing better than riding a fine horse in a new country.” – Gus McRae in Lonesome Dove The end of September we went back to my husband’s hometown of Jordan, Montana to help some neighbors trail their yearling heifers out of the rough Missouri River breaks back to their winter pasture. Most people think […]

Do You Have a Plan?

October 4, 2014
Rachel Larsen

After a little wheeling and dealing, my son and his Grandpa Rooster, negotiated a pony riding deal.  They sealed their contract with a handshake and we brought home a Shetland.  Joe is a gentle pony, a bit of an easy keeper, who needs experience and exercise.  He is also my 9-year-old son’s first project horse. […]

Ranch Rodeos

October 3, 2014

As the ranch rodeo season comes to a close, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos taken during the White Sulphur Springs Ranch Rodeo where Rose Cattle Company had a team.     Photos taken by Phlat Phlee Photography

A List of Things To Go Wrong

October 1, 2014
Tayler Teichert

High school graduation was nearing and I had no clue what I was going to do with my life. I was panicked because I didn’t have the perfect plan like all the rest of my classmates and I was wondering if something was wrong with me. A neighbor of ours mentioned something to me that […]

Young Rancher and His Team

September 25, 2014

While it might seem using a team of draft horses on Montana ranches is going out of style; for one Eastern Montana ranch it was an old tradition that has become a new favorite. Lane Green of Lazy U Cattle Company in Cohagen, Montana just may be the youngest rancher in Montana to still have […]

That’s No Bull. Training Horses On The Ranch.

September 22, 2014
Jenn Zeller

I started trailing bulls home this week. Their 60 days with the cows are up. Bringing bulls home is probably one of my favorite parts of ranch work. For the past several years on the ranch, it’s been solely my job. Depending on where the bulls are, how much time I have that day, and […]

Saddle Woes, Part Two. The Weak Tree

September 16, 2014

Three hundred sixty-four days after my brother Kyle’s previous saddle incident while pulling bulls, he and I once again found ourselves headed out bring home the last of the bovine males for the year. We had discussed trailering our horses and selves the three miles to the pasture we needed to cover, but he wanted […]

Ranch Work Presents A Horse Training Opportunity

September 15, 2014
Jenn Zeller

While riding a young horse one summer, I had one of those lightbulb moments- a moment that reinforced what I have learned and what I know to be true about riding horses. Those can happen daily if we listen and are in a learning frame of mind each and every time we are in the […]

The Horse Salesman

September 13, 2014

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 […]