Branding in Wyoming

110624 IDranch 214One of the great benefits of being a writer and photographer is seeing different country and historic ranches throughout the West. In 2011, I was invited to the ID Ranch branding in Wyoming, and the trip remains one of my favorites. See more images from this shoot by clicking CONTINUE READING.

Breaking Ice

My old pair of tapaderos remind me of a bone-chilling winter task.

Comrade Cowboy

Comrade Cowboy

Montana rancher Darrell Stevenson teams up with two Russian cattlemen to export an entire cow outfit to the Russian steppes. In the first of a three-part series, the author rides along with the Stevenson cowboys to the land of borscht, fallow land and the $75 steak dinner. 

Cost-Sharing for Wolves

A new program in the Southwest pays ranchers for the presence of wolves, but not everyone is convinced it will work.

Cowboy Codes

For decades, cowboys have lived by an unwritten code of ethics.

Deep into the 7 Up

150326 7up257Two years ago I rode on the 7 Up Ranch in Arizona, photographing the crew trailing cows and calves to headquarters. The three-day gather was handled by a three-man crew, including K.J. Kasun (left), Jamie Wood and Levi Lewis. They trailed about 400 cows on an uphill climb that rose more than 2,000 feet over the course of 25 miles.

Flaky Cows

091005 ca-ranch 248Cowboys on the CA Ranch in Montana ride through a pen of mother cows. The crew was gathering cows from the ranch's summer mountain pastures and weaning their calves. A surprise October snow shower hit while they worked. The weather didn't affect operations that day, but it sure created the right conditions for cool photos. 

 

Generation Strong

Want proof that the cowboy way of life isn’t dying out? You can find it at an ordinary branding.

Hereford Crossing

Anna Fallini trails two Hereford cows across the Twin Springs Slough near Tonopah, Nevada. Her family has run cattle in the area since 1864, and the ranch spans 664,000 acres. The entire herd traces to the original Hereford cows that Giovanni Fallini used to establish the ranch several years after emigrating from Italy.Anna Fallini trails two Hereford cows across the Twin Springs Slough near Tonopah, Nevada. Her family has run cattle in the area since 1864, and the ranch spans 664,000 acres. The entire herd traces to the original Hereford cows that Giovanni Fallini used to establish the ranch several years after emigrating from Italy. The story appeared in the April 2016 issue of Western Horseman.

Hunting Horsemanship

One gather with Mike Major taught me how to look for chances to work on my horsemanship.

Jerry Chapin

Using the experience he gained as a young man starting colts and cowboying with some of the best horsemen and cattlemen in Nevada, Jerry Chapin trained a new generation of cowboys on the ranches he managed.

Light Chasers

Light Chasers at Greenwood Ranches

by Katie Frank

Mornings aren’t really my thing. It takes several cups of coffee to get me rolling that early, plus another shot of espresso if brainpower and conversation are required. But when the alarm clock goes off, I do my best to not complain, knowing I’m lucky to witness beautiful land and horses in the fresh light of a new day.

Morning Gathers

Terry Forst describes the advantages of gathering broodmares from the saddle  during breeding and foaling season.

New Publication Ranch Horse News Released!

View our brand-new publication, Ranch Horse News, online for FREE! The new publication highlights ranch horse competition. Editor-in-Chief Ross Hecox writes, “With this first edition of Ranch Horse News, presented by Western Horseman, our goal is to cover and promote ranch horse competition like no other publication."

No More Bull

Mark Lacey moves a bull out of one of Lacey Livestock's pastures near Independence, California. In 2003 the cattle operation earned the Best Remuda Award from the American Quarter Horse Association.Mark Lacey moves a bull out of one of Lacey Livestock's pastures near Independence, California. In 2003 the cattle operation earned the Best Remuda Award from the American Quarter Horse Association.

Prowling

The job is time-consuming and usually uneventful, but ranchers understand that checking cattle on horseback is necessary. It also has its hidden benefits.