Queen of the Road

Nov 27
Jan Swan Wood

Recent Posts

Big Calves and the Attack Chicken

November 7, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

We had spent early morning gathering the cows and their big, soggy calves. Handling them quietly to reduce shrink, we had them in the corrals in preparation for hauling the calves to the sale barn that day. It was my Dad, brother Bob, and me doing the cow work that day. Keeping the calves quiet […]


Horse Trial On Ice

October 27, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

I was working that fall and winter for a ranch about 25 miles from where I lived. My horses were kept at the ranch, but there was no accomodations for me, so I had a little house in town. Not ideal, but it worked. My dear friend Uncle Paul, who wasn’t my uncle but I’d […]


Working Horses and Maternity Leave

October 26, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

It was time to wean two of our colts. They were both well able to carry on fine without their mamas, so one morning Colin and I caught the two mares, left their colts in the corral with an old babysitter mare, saddled the fine ladies and loaded up to go to my folks place […]


Lark: Pretty Is As Pretty Does

October 11, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

He actually belonged to my sister who got him after she was going to college. Lark was an appendix registered gelding that looked more Thoroughbred than Quarter Horse. He’d run AA on the track before he got so hard to ride that no jockeys or exercise boys would get on him, thus ending his race […]


Rock Pile Bull Hunt

October 5, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

It was a dry winter on the ranch I was working for in New Mexico. What grass there was didn’t have much kick left to it. The chunk of country another cowboy and I took care of, mostly just the two of us, had everything from calving cows, yearling steers, and most of the bulls […]