Benefits include: a steady supply of ready-made horses and cute family photos.
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, you … Continue reading If You Think…You Shouldn’t Be A Cowboy
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
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 the … Continue reading Living in the moment, no batteries necessary
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 had … Continue reading The Good Ol’ Days