If You Think…You Shouldn’t Be A Cowboy

If you think you need a lunch break, you shouldn’t be a cowboy. If you think all the bad horses have already been ridden, you shouldn’t be a cowboy. If you think 50 miles of dirt road followed by 107 miles of pavement is too far to (ask your wife to) drive for groceries, youContinue reading “If You Think…You Shouldn’t Be A Cowboy”

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”

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”

The Good Ol’ Days

I’ve heard tales about going out out the spring and fall wagons for 3 months at a time, when each ranch had a crew of at least six cowboys, each cowboy had at least ten horses in his string, and there were a whole lot more ranches still running in the Great Basin. I hadContinue reading “The Good Ol’ Days”