Ranch Life Articles

Groundwork with Buck Brannaman

March 5, 2015
Jenn Zeller

In a previous post I wrote about doing groundwork, and why I believe it’s important. I’m often by myself around here though, and as such, it’s hard to get good video showing how to do it, plus I’m not nearly as good as some other folks when it comes to doing groundwork. So I figured […]


March 3, 2015
Jan Swan Wood

Handling bulls of any sort can usually be a bit risky, simply because they are bulls. Even a very gentle bull can surprise you with some sudden move, so they always bear watching. I was trailing a bull several miles across country, returning him to his cows. He had gone on a walkabout tour of […]

A Mad Mama Cow

February 26, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I’ve heard it said that you don’t know what true fear is until you’ve been chased down by a mad mama cow. I do know, however, that according to the boys, most of the time they’re just bluffing. My experience, so far, has been that most of the time, the mama cows ARE bluffing. A […]

The Colt Cam: Roping the Feet Part 1

February 19, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I know that there are people reading this that have no experience in handling a rope, but I’m here to tell you it behooves you to get on board and learn to use one — even if you’ll never rope a live bovine. We rope the feet of all our horses. There are several reasons […]

Head, Heel, and Calf Ropes; Why The Right Tools Matter

February 18, 2015
Wendel Elliott

I’m not a very good roper by any means. I’ve found myself, like most, having good days and bad days. With that said, sometimes I blame those bad days on bad equipment. Hey, it sounds better in a story. I know you’ve done the same. You know the time when it was your turn to […]

The On-Duty Horse.

February 15, 2015
Kay Schrock

It is calving season on the ranch, which means there is an on-duty horse.  We keep a few horses in the corral so we can use them to work the heifers. The heifers get turned out in the morning, and then pushed back into the corral at night. This is easiest if done from the […]

A Day on The Ranch

February 11, 2015
Jenn Zeller

This fun day happened in February a couple years ago. It’s kind of typical for the way things go sometimes. Whether you ranch or not, I’m sure you can relate to the curve balls life throws at you. It’s not unusual for me to look out the windows of my house and see horses. What […]

Hobbles and Ice

February 7, 2015
Tayler Teichert

Strange combo eh? Yeah that’s what I thought too… Before I tell you this story I need to introduce you to my father. His name is Steve, he is a sorta crusty old, Western Wyoming cowboy. He claims he doesn’t care about being stylish, but I can promise you he will be the last guy in […]

Cowboys and Technology

February 4, 2015
Wendel Elliott

He was in the middle of a story, horse back in the arena. He had been warming up his horse a few minutes before. It was a rare occasion to get together and enjoy a time of visiting with friends. The event was at a covered arena and being put on by a local cowboy […]

Ground Work Basics for All Horses

February 1, 2015
Jenn Zeller

One of the things we’ve learned since we began handling horses the “way” we do at the ranch, is that how your horse operates with you on his back can be predicted fairly accurately and even dictated through thoughtful and observant ground work. Any time we get horses in to ride, whether they are older […]

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