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Big Horse In A Small Package

September 2, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

Many moons ago when my oldest nephew was just a little feller, my sis told me that they were looking for a good sized pony for him to ride on the ranch. They had three kids, so the pony would probably have to be a starter horse for all three. So, I was looking for […]


East Meets West Clinic, Sheridan, WY

August 23, 2019
Savanna Simmons

If you’re anywhere near Sheridan, Wyoming, Sept. 7 and 8, 2019, and you have an interest in cow working, dressage, or horsemanship in general, count your lucky stars, then head over to Paul Van Dyke’s arena to catch the East Meets West Clinic, featuring Paul and his sister Betsy, pictured below. From Paul’s website: Paul and […]


Gunsel Training

July 29, 2019
Jan Swan Wood

I was working for an outfit years ago that had lots of country to cover, lots of heifers and cows to calve, and I was mostly on my own. The cowboss was supposed to help me with a lot of the riding and work, but he wasn’t proving to be very reliable in that way, […]


Horse Ads Decoded

July 25, 2019
Jolyn Young

I have been perusing horse classified ads lately, and man, let me tell you – the entertainment factor is satisfyingly high. Quality of horse flesh offered for sale varies, but I am thoroughly enjoying the wording of some of these ads. I’ve rounded up a sampling of some of my favorite horse-selling phrases for your […]


Back Cinch Blunders

July 13, 2019
Savanna Simmons

Plenty of reasons exist for the use of a back cinch, roping being the most prominent of reasons, to my mind, as well as starting a colt, to keep the saddle closer to the colt should he buck, and get him used to and comfortable with the feel as early as possible. An equal amount […]


Photographing a Profile: Positioning the Horse

May 23, 2019
Savanna Simmons

When posing a horse’s profile to shoot for a horse sale, sale ad, stud flyer, or other reason, I find that positioning a horse with the front foot nearest forward, and the hind leg nearest back, and the two off-side legs in closer. This flatters the horse and doesn’t create anything that doesn’t exist, conformation-wise. […]


Photographing a Horse Profile: Positioning Yourself

May 15, 2019
Savanna Simmons

Photographing a horse for sale or standing at stud, that sort of thing, can be a little mystifying, but when you break it down a little, it can be pretty easy to show a horse’s best attributes. I try to represent the horse as best I can with what he really is. I think it’s […]


Good Horse Gone Gray

April 16, 2019
Savanna Simmons

There comes a time when your good horse goes gray, his walk begins to slow and his back shows a sway. His wise old eyes grow cloudy yet they still have that shine, just as yours do when you think back on his long life with pride. The years in which you gave to me, […]


Featured Photographer: Allison Williams

April 12, 2019
Savanna Simmons

Allison Williams is my neighbor and one heck of a young photographer. She is the middle child of JD and Lisa Williams, younger sister to Clayton, older sister to Larkin, and she just recently picked up the camera and started shooting the daily happenings at Four Three Land and Cattle, which her dad (pictured below) […]


Exclusive Horsemanship Clinic with Meyer Company Ranch Horses Trainer, Tristen Baroni

March 23, 2019
Maria Tibbetts

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 Where: cavvysavvy.com Who: Anyone interested in colt starting and improving their horsemanship skills. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in to watch a clinic with Tristen Baroni, from the comfort of your home. No need to stand around stamping your feet to keep warm for this clinic. Tristen, the […]


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