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Treating Scratches

August 10, 2018
Savanna Simmons

Our pony Sparky has a case of minor scratches on his hind feet, a fairly odd occurrence in Wyoming in July. We’ve had enough rain, coupled with hosing a wound on his hock, that now we have another small problem to doctor on him. Scratches, also known as mud fever, pastern dermatitis, dew poisoning, or greasy […]

Yielding the Hips, Part Two

August 8, 2018
Jenn Zeller

Here, we continue our series in helping Cosmo, my 4 year old mare, with getting soft, looking us up, and yielding her feet to us. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments. I’ll do my best to answer them! Happy Trails!

Summer Cow Camp 101: Living Situation

August 6, 2018
Jolyn Young

Every summer, hundreds (okay, maybe dozens) of cowboys head to cow camp. They leave headquarters to follow the cattle high up into the mountains for a few months. The air is cooler, the feed is taller, and the water flows more abundantly at these higher elevations, allowing the ranch to most efficiently use its natural […]

If You Give A Boy A Rope…

August 4, 2018
Savanna Simmons

My friend Amy Potter over at Ranch Wife Revolution came up with this sweet adaptation of “If you give a boy a baseball” that really fits her family. I shared Amy’s version of If You Give A Girl a Rope… and this version is for her son, Colt. A handsome, talented fella, who is driven […]

National Day of the Cowboy: Photo Gallery

July 28, 2018
Savanna Simmons

National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated the fourth Saturday in July, and oddly enough, very few cowboys will stop and celebrate it. They won’t be found hastagging NationalDayoftheCowboy on Instagram or taking a selfie with a fellow cowboy while they move pairs so they can post it on Facebook later. They will roll out […]

Kinesiology Taping Horses with Laurel Statz

July 22, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I have been intrigued with Kinesiology taping for some time, so I reached out to my friend from Wisconsin, Laurel Statz, CVT, CEMT, CEKTP, with Spot On Ranch and Equine Bodywork. Here’s what she had to say about the history of kinesiology taping and using it to improve and heal our horses. In Laurel’s words: Kinesiology […]

Circle the Wagons: Dunkelberger Family

July 10, 2018
Savanna Simmons

Social Media platforms like Facebook has offered us the amazing ability to connect with one another. We can stay in touch with that old friend we cowboyed with in Nebraska, or let Grandma know how the kids are doing. We also can stay abreast of some tragedies and the healing of friends, as well as […]

Graduating Kids and Colts

July 2, 2018
Mykal Kirkpatrick

I was recently asked to deliver the Kindergarten graduation speech for our tiny rural school.  With only 5 graduates, you would think the writing of it would be fairly elementary (pun intended), but these Kinders each have a personality the size of our Big Hole Valley!  With three boys and two girls, I finally settled […]

Like a Little Boy on a Pony: Photo Gallery

May 20, 2018
Savanna Simmons

We spent the morning of siblings day brushing, loving on, and riding our fantastic, patient Sparky pony. Now, we didn’t wake up and say, “Hey! It’s siblings day, let’s do something fun!” We just knew it was warm weather and a lovely morning to be together, and what better adventure than saddling up the pony […]

6 Steps to Create a Walking Horse

May 13, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I feel as though I am always jogging my horse to keep up with my husband’s walking horse when we’re riding together. For those times when a long trot isn’t necessary—for saving one’s horse, enjoying the territory, or when going a not-so-far distance—a nice walk suffices. My husband isn’t into the slow jaunt, he is […]