Ranch Life Articles

Form to Function: Part 2 Legs and Feet

February 8, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

In part two of my dissertation on form to function conformation, we will go to the legs on the horse. The old saying “no foot, no horse” is pretty true, and the legs are as important as the foot. I read somewhere years ago that the Bedouin tribesmen would hang a curtain and stand a […]


Predator Hunting History; Coyotes

February 2, 2020
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

I’m an old ranch widow, more or less “forcefully retired” from spending all my time with horses and cattle . . . old age does that to ya’! My hilltop home overlooks the region I grew up in and made pony tracks across, with Mom before birth and until I was three, riding good horses […]


Form to Function Conformation: Head and Neck

January 28, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

I’m going to address a problem I’m seeing more and more in the performance horse industry and I’m sure, as will happen any time one states an opinion, some won’t agree. But, here goes. I’ve been to horse sales over the years where people have positively gotten into a “feeding frenzy” of bidding on genetics […]


Mare Milking Device

January 23, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

It’s foaling season for many people and if you are foaling mares, you have probably had occasion to milk one to get a foal started with a bottle. As you have noticed, the “handles” are pretty short on a mare and even if she is 100% cooperative, it’s a back breaking, slow process. Some years […]


Body Haltering A Foal

January 14, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

Now that foaling season has arrived for some, I wanted to share a simple tip for safely moving a very young foal along with it’s mother without risk of it running off or getting separated from her. New foals haven’t usually been haltered and so leading them from the mare housing, for example, to the […]


Outside Circle Show

January 12, 2020
Tiffany Schwenke

There is a cowboy music show that is growing in popularity with the working cowboys and cowgirls from near and far. It is called the Outside Circle Show and it is a darn good time had by all who attend. I recently asked a few questions so I could let you know all about it. CS: […]


Art of the Cowgirl, World’s Greatest Horsewoman Presented By Western Horseman

December 27, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

Art of the Cowgirl, World’s Greatest Horsewoman presented by Western Horseman, has many horsewomen very excited! There were limited entry slots available and they filled up very fast! They ended up adding more available spots because of all of the interest. The names on the list prove that it really is going to be a […]


Western Wednesday

December 25, 2019
Jenn Zeller

“Training horses, heck riding horses, isn’t easy. Failing is part of the process. It’s how you brush yourself off and get back in the saddle that counts the most. There’s beauty in the breakdown. Everything is about balance.” ― Carly Kade, Show Pen Promise Jason Perry rides Bob Hes Quick (Romeo) on his family ranch […]


Powder River Percherons

December 17, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

There is something so spectacular in the controlled power that the Powder River Percherons display when hitched up. Mike and Julie Cushman of Glenrock, WY with their Powder River Percherons are a sight to see. I recently asked them a few questions. CS: Please tell us about how you got started with your Powder River […]


National Day of the Horse

December 13, 2019
Jenn Zeller

On National Day of the Horse (December 13), we take time to celebrate the horse. The horses that made us, tried us, taught us, showed us love; all the things that make the horse a horse… “Look back at our struggle for freedom, Trace our present day’s strength to its source; And you’ll find that […]


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