From Cowboy To Competitor

Making the leap into ranch-horse versatility competition has been a learning experience for Tripp Townsend and the ranch hands at Sandhill Cattle Company. But training their horses for competition has become a part of their everyday ranch routine.

Continue Reading

In Search Of Wild Horses

New Mexico’s high desert is an unforgiving land, one of climatic extremes, sparse water and dry forage. But to the bands of wild horses lurking within the juniper, sagebrush and pines, it’s a place of freedom and peace.

Continue Reading

Develop A Strong Defense

Here’s how to give your horse the judgment and self-assurance he needs to keep cattle from crossing the line.

Last month, we discussed how working cattle is similar to a team sport, such as football. You and your horse are on one side of the scrimmage line, and the cow is on the other. The herd, or the “goal,” is behind you. Also like football, each team is either on offense or defense. The cow’s movement and position with regard to the herd, gate or other “goal” determines which role your horse must play.

Continue Reading

Create a Positive Presence

ImageFrom the moment you enter the corral or pasture, you’re sending your horse messages. Set the tone for a successful training session with clinician Tammy Pate’s advice on catching your horse.

I’ve come to realize that ranching is not only a way of life, but also a way of being and seeing the world. It involves living in harmony with others, as well as with animals and the land. With it comes a special awareness of intent, balance, spirituality, family values, the fragility of life, and the beauty of the inner and outer worlds.

The same is true with two of my other passions, yoga and horsemanship.

Continue Reading

For the Farm & Barn

Lighten your workload with this lineup of 20 products built to make chores easier and less time-consuming.

From ATVs to manure spreaders, waterers, misters, and gate openers. Read on for more information on each, including options, pricing and where to buy.

Continue Reading

Ready To Work

ImageMonte and Stoney Jones use cow work and performance- horse maneuvers to produce versatile ranch horses. Here, they outline the five skills every ranch horse must have, and tips to achieve them when starting your colt.

Monte Jones and his son, Stoney, have spent most of their lives horseback. While working on several West Texas outfits, they’ve become known for their low-stress approach to starting ranch- and working-cow horses.

Monte got his start more than 40 years ago, day-working with his uncle on a ranch in Stonewall County, near Aspermont. At the time, sound horsemanship principles weren’t emphasized as much as they are today.


Continue Reading