Ranch Life

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4 Ways to Age a Horse by His Teeth
No papers? No problem. Use these four markers to age a horse by the condition of his teeth.
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The Big Die-Up
During the winter of 1886–87, hundreds of thousands of cattle across the Great Plains died during "The Big Die-Up." Was this catastrophic event the death of the Old West?
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The Rancher's Wife
The life of Evelyn Mantle was much like other frontier women’s—hard and lonely, yet rewarding—except hers was in the 20th century.
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Great Ranches of the Northern Mountains
From Colorado to the Canadian border, the basins, meadows, and parks of the Rocky Mountains enticed enterprising cattlemen from the start.
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Great Ranches of California
The largest and most historic ranches of the Golden State.
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Military veteran Ron Blevins sits astride his paint horse with a cattle herd in the background.
American Cowboy Lives On
We might not be in print, but the people and the stories behind this brand are going strong.
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Ride Like a Girl: The Original Rodeo Cowgirls
These cowgirl athletes rode roughstock events in the early 20th century before participation dwindled. What happened?
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Great Ranches of Texas
The largest, most historic ranches of the Lone Star State.
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The History of the Vaquero
Rooted in necessity and shaped by the land, the Mexican cowboy tradition influenced the origin of cowboys.
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Cowboy Up: Houlihan Throw
Useful for long-distance catches, the houlihan is a swing that every working cowboy should know.
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Top 5 Beef Cattle Breeds
Angus cattle top the list. Who follows?
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