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What a Guy

September 29, 2021
Ruth Nicolaus

An iconic horse passed away on August 13 of this year. Frenchmans Guy, the palomino stud owned by Bill and Deb Myers of St. Onge, S.D. died at the age of 34. The horse changed the rodeo world and the Myers’ world as well. Sired by Sun Frost and out of the Laughing Boy mare […]


Say What? Colorful Phrases With Cowboy Origins

September 28, 2021
Jolyn Young

The cowboy world has produced many colorful phrases that folks might use and not realize their Western ties. “Ride for the brand,” “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” and “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink” are common phrases used by country and city people alike. Here […]


The Hardest of See-You-Laters

May 18, 2021
Jenn Zeller

I dropped everything on Wednesday May 5th, to take our 18 year old ranch stallion, Poco Tivio Pep (Chachi) to the vet. He couldn’t breathe. Fluid was running from his nose like water from a spout. By Tuesday evening, it was obvious he struggled to breath and realized we might be dealing with heaves. After […]


Making a Barrel Horse – Hauling a Young Horse

March 11, 2021
Jenn Zeller

Hauling a horse is one of the single most important ways to make them great — save for roping cattle on them. The more broke you can get your horse, the better; the more they’ll focus on you. The less likely they are to make mistakes. Getting a horse really really broke is a never-ending […]


A Different Kind of Covergirl

February 14, 2021
Ruth Nicolaus

The 2020 Montana Circuit WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year award has gone to a model. Well, the ten-year-old bay mare may not be a model, but her name is Covergirl, and if you could ask her, she’d probably agree that her moniker fits her. The horse is owned and ridden by Lindsay Kruse and […]


Nightmare the Riding-Stable-Turned-Rodeo Horse

February 1, 2021
Ruth Nicolaus

One of the most influential bloodlines in pro rodeo began with a naughty mare in a riding stable in Detroit, Michigan. When a brown mare started throwing her riders off, she had sealed her fate. But the Zinsers, Jim and Maggie, of Clare, Mich., who at the time owned J Bar J Rodeo, stepped in. […]


Ratey Vs Non- Ratey Barrel Horses

January 19, 2021
Jenn Zeller

How do you help a ratey barrel horse free up? How do you help a free-runner, rate up? Here are my tips. Happy trails and happy training!


Annie and Cody

January 10, 2021
Jan Swan Wood

Back in the days of running a small broodmare band and standing two stallions, I was always interested in older mares with the old time pedigrees and characteristics to add to the band. Even with the extra work and maintenance old mares took, they were nearly always worth the extra effort. I had been taught […]


Collection Continued, Part 4/5

January 2, 2021
Jenn Zeller

Today we’ll wrap up this video series on the basics of collection. I hope you’ve all found it helpful in your journey with your horses. In case you missed them, here’s part 1A, part 1B, part 2, and part 3. I want to talk about a couple things that happen in the video: if you’ve […]


WINDY RIDGE CHRONICLES: A Return on Investment

December 26, 2020
Jan Swan Wood

It’s been a while since I reported life from this windy ridge. The cold December wind is whistling around the house and making the eaves rattle. It makes me glad to have a job indoors to do today. Fall works are done on the ranch where my cows run on shares. When those cows were […]


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