Wrangle Girls

On most ranches, wrangling the cavvy is a chore. Cowboys can earn more wrangle duties by having a messy stall, being late to the barn in the morning, or losing a game of “Out” on the roping dummy. When I worked for the Van Norman ranch, wrangling could take the better part of an hour;Continue reading “Wrangle Girls”

Cowboy Dictionary: An Illustrated Index

In ranching, we use many words and phrases that might confuse someone who doesn’t begin a day’s work by catching a horse in the dark. Here’s a basic dictionary of common cowboy terms. Horse (n): A horse is a beast of burden, tool of the trade, partner and buddy all in one four-hoofed package. AContinue reading “Cowboy Dictionary: An Illustrated Index”

10 Signs You Might be Married to a Buckaroo

He grows a handlebar mustache…sometimes. He uses a reata in the branding pen….sometimes. He rides a swell-fork saddle and team ropes in town, but with mulehide on his horn. He sports a government handle haircut but listens to classic rock. Is your man a buckaroo? Here are ten clues. 1) He has never seen theContinue reading “10 Signs You Might be Married to a Buckaroo”

Living in the moment, no batteries necessary

I took Grace out to the corner of the Airport Field where the cowboy crew was branding calves out of a rodear* the other day. I threw my camera and extra batteries in the diaper bag, but once I got there I decided to not take it out. I wanted to just be in theContinue reading “Living in the moment, no batteries necessary”

Home Is Where My Husband Is

As I was doing a mental countdown of the days until I left to go visit my dad recently, a wave of low-level anxiety accompanied my preparations. I HATE being away from my husband for even a single night. I have trouble falling asleep without him in the house, and whenever I pack up theContinue reading “Home Is Where My Husband Is”

10 rules to live by, if you’re a desolate ranch wife

That tall, handsome, hand-holding, rope-twirling, bronco-twister charmed you out of your pants and into a wedding dress. Then he plunked you down boots-first 10 miles past BFE and kissed you good day as he headed to the barn to catch his horse and go to to work. What do you do now? Following these 10Continue reading “10 rules to live by, if you’re a desolate ranch wife”

Living Far From Town Quiz

Are you physically, mentally and emotionally equipped to be a woman living on a remote ranch? Men, if you score too highly on this, we may be suspicious – and hit you up for advice. 1) If you run out of milk while fixing biscuits for dinner, do you: a) Pull on your muck boots,Continue reading “Living Far From Town Quiz”

Why I am warmin’ up dinner, watchin’ for dust

The #1 rule of being a cowboy’s wife is Don’t Worry. If a cowboy was supposed to come home late and it’s getting later, Don’t Worry. If you have no idea where on the vast, empty desert he might be, Don’t Worry. If you’re wondering if the yellow paint horse finally bronked him down andContinue reading “Why I am warmin’ up dinner, watchin’ for dust”