Saddle Care

When it comes to collecting antique saddles, veteran saddlemaker Chuck Stormes has some simple advice, "Don't do anything to it that you can't undo."

 

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Mountain Dogs

Cody Price has been tending cattle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for 10 years. The New Mexico cowboy's job isn't easy. The rugged canyons, steep hillsides, thick brush and hard-headed bovine make gathering cattle difficult.

 

 

 

 

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It's in the Blood

ImageLong recognized as one of the country’s outstanding ranch and rodeo families, the Suttons of South Dakota attribute much of their success to bloodlines and breeding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Measuring the Bronc Rein

In saddle bronc riding, a single, braided rope bronc rein is attached to the horse's halter and the rider uses it for balance and leverage. If the rein is too long (loose) or too short (tight), it usually makes a considerable difference in a cowboy's ride.

 

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Still A Cowboy

Duane Daines remembers waking up in an airport one day after a quick nap. A handful of Japanese tourists were anxiously snapping photos of what might have been their first encounter with a real, live cowboy. The Alberta native took the situation in stride.

 

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True Buckaroo

Fancy loops, masterful horsemanship and great gear are just part of the allure of the Californios Ranch Roping & Stock Horse Contest. The buckaroo brotherhood and unguided stock-handling philosophies are what make it a tradition. 

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Down Sonora Way

Two Northern Mexico ranchos reflect the area's rich vaquero heritage while infusing legendary American bloodlines into their horse breeding programs.

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