First Paying Job as a Kid

Jun 19
Jan Swan Wood

Colt Antics

Jun 15
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De”cap”itated by a Hawk

Jun 12
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Recent Posts

The Ol’ Hangin Tree

April 13, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

My husband and I were working for an outfit in Wyoming years ago. The crew was gathered up to get some cows and calves gleaned out of thick timber, both oak and brush thickets and pines. In the crew was the owners’ daughter, son-in-law and their two young kids. The folks were good hands and […]


The Big Easy

March 26, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

He was a royally bred AQHA gelding that was about 7/8 Thoroughbred and looked it. Taping at an even 17 hands, he was an imposing figure of horseflesh. We called him Easy. I had traded for him from some friends. I had a mare they wanted and I needed a rideable gelding a lot more […]


The Kicking Contest

March 24, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

The spring of 1981 I was working for and living with an elderly couple in the middle of nowhere, calving a big bunch of heifers and mother cows. They couldn’t do the outside work anymore, but had a neighbor who managed the place for them. He lived miles away and had thoughtfully brought all of […]


Bravery Is Overrated

March 21, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

I used to day work for many ranchers when I wasn’t too busy at home. Doing that led to many interesting experiences. Some that required quite a bit of bravery. A registered Angus breeder hired me to come and help them fertility test all of their bulls. We had finished up testing about 70 sale […]


How to Pick a Horse of a Lifetime

March 16, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

This is an old family story about how my Dad chose the horse that became his “horse of a lifetime”. It occurred the year before I was born, but I know it by heart because of Dad telling it over the years. When my folks were still in the family partnership, my Grandad had a […]