Boots

120525 boots oneal 019Some images you treasure just because of the person you were privileged to photograph. The greatness of Boots O'Neal, to me, isn't just that he is still cowboying in his 80s. It's not just the incredible stories he tells from working on legendary Texas ranches such as the JA, Waggoner and Four Sixes. It's that he continues to pursue his passion, carries an upbeat attitude, conducts himself with humility, and shows respect for all people—even photographers who keep saying, "Just a few more shots."

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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.

Celebrating the Colt

Starting colts is a raw, honest look at horsemanship that is rarely smooth and hardly easy.

Chopper Cowboys

Using horses and helicopters, Brent Charlesworth and his family ship more than 7,000 head of cattle each fall from their ranch in Marathon, Texas.

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.

Cowculations

Getting an accurate tally of cattle is a tough job, especially when you’re not a math whiz.

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.

Hondas 101

There’s more to the honda than meets the eye. Style, shape and material are all considerations when choosing the right rope for the job at hand.

Hunting Horsemanship

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

Hurricane Harvey Aftermath

One Texas rancher laments the region-wide loss of a ranching icon wiped out by Hurricane Harvey—the windmill.