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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 […]

The Tooke Legacy

April 25, 2018
Savanna Simmons

The Tooke family, of Ekalaka, Montana, has been producing quality bucking horses for more than half a century, and their hard work passed down through generations is being highlighted in a film Feek’s Vision being released at the 2018 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. For a story about Feek’s Vision for Tri-State Livestock News, Feek’s […]

Patience Pole

April 21, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I saw a post that Ashley Mershon shared to Facebook of a gelding who tied well, but didn’t have the best patience when he was alone—no horses or humans around. Ashley’s way of working on this was to tie him to her patience pole and allow him to pull on himself until he was ready […]

Buckaroo Buys: Tapadero Annie’s

April 17, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I’ve been friends with Jessica for a few years now. I was immediately drawn to her incredible artwork, and I’ve even used it on a few of my kids’ T-shirts, with Jessica’s permission, so naturally, I’m pretty excited about this next step for Jessica. She adds to the market a lot of buckaroo feel that […]

Tricked Out Tack Room

April 13, 2018
Savanna Simmons

My husband Boe built a tack room into an existing quonset on the ranch here, and he implemented a really neat revolving saddle wall that makes saddling multiple colts and horses so easy. It eliminates scraping saddles through tight doors, getting in each other’s way, and slinging saddles up on fences. It really helps keep […]

Leaning In

April 9, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I read a post on Facebook about a horse leaning in their shoulders on their circles, to the point where the horse would about cut the circle in half in its attempt to evade a nice round shape. Many folks said a few good things: be sure your horse travels in a nice straight line […]

Got Tail Envy?

April 2, 2018
Savanna Simmons

I was brushing our horses’ tails out after riding, getting pickers and brambles out, and I asked my husband Boe if I could braid his horse’s tail. Happy’s tail is a little flimsy, not too thick. I know Boe isn’t crazy about braids, but they really do make a horse’s tail longer and stronger. Horses […]