Ranch Life Articles

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 […]

Ten Seconds in the Saddle

January 29, 2015
Terryn Drieling

I have what some might call an eclectic taste in music. My playlist includes songs from bands like Queen and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to artists like Red Stegall and Don Edwards.  No genre is off limits. I show no prejudice when it comes to a good tune and/or great lyrics. A couple […]

Hope In Rain

January 21, 2015
Wendel Elliott

As a rancher there are fewer times of high hopes, than that hope in a rain. It’s something that is vital to the ranching way of life. A good rain is always a welcome sight. Where you live it could be a rancher’s life line. You have to adjust your grazing patterns in you pastures […]

Potty Poetry

January 15, 2015
Tayler Teichert

Bunkhouse, bachelorette pad, house, shack, apartment, or my favorite, the vet room equipped with a space heater and cot, these are examples of buildings better known as home. Signing up for a ranch job can be scary, almost as scary as not knowing the condition of your “provided housing”. I am in no way complaining, […]

The Branding Pen: A Documentary

January 5, 2015
Jenn Zeller

I purchased, “Branding: Roping and Stock Handling Techniques in the Great Basin” for our household for Christmas.  Since I’ve previously shared that we are followers of the Great Basin/Buckaroos style roping here at the ranch,  it makes sense that we’d add this to our collection.   It was very well done, and really helped me […]

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