First Outside Ride

Aug 11
Jan Swan Wood

Recent Posts

Wound Care and Fly Sheets

July 28, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

Fly sheets are sure handy when used around the barns and corrals. I found them especially handy when doctoring a body wound on a horse during fly season. Several years ago a stud had gotten to a gelding at my place and had put some horrendous wounds on the upper curve of his hind quarters. […]


Proper Cowboy Language

July 26, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

When I worked on the New Mexico outfit way back when, one of the most remarkable experiences of moving to the southwest was the respect shown toward women. Gentlemen simply did not swear around a woman or use “coarse” talk. The cowboss wouldn’t even use the words manure or breed around me when talking about […]


Shorty the Golden Steer Wrestling Horse

July 16, 2022
Ruth Nicolaus

A pretty special horse is about to retire. Shorty, a red roan gelding owned by Dane Pokorny and his parents, Brad and Paula, will make his final steer wrestling runs at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo. July 17-24.   Then it’s green grass and pastures for the mount. Shorty is no […]


Horses are Good Ice Breakers

July 14, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

I was a newly married 21 year old when we moved to Nebraska. The ranch we went to work for was in mostly ranch country, with some farming. We were responsible for yearling breeding heifers, a stud and mare band, some center pivots and putting up the hay. Naturally, we arrived with some saddle horses […]


Hard Times Make Tough People

June 26, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

In the late 1920s and into the 1930s, my grandparents were struggling to hang onto a ranch on the eastern Colorado plains. The recession and Dirty 30s were hard times for most and folks had to dig in to survive. There was just hardly a dime to be found and folks bartered for most things. […]