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LIKE A SONG

A young girl’s foray into horseback riding, and how the feel for riding grew to live in her body, below consciousness, like a song.

WHAT ZAPATA MEANS TO ME

Some ranch days I might spend observing big bustling cattle brandings or the intimate happenstance of a wrangler working her project pony, sneaking in a quick and blissful bareback ride.

FINDING RHYTHM BETWEEN LIFE FORMS

One of a foal’s earliest, foundational moments is learning the pleasure, comfort, and safety that comes from being in time and and in step with another being — his mother....

HORSE PEOPLE

Music about horses for people who love horses.

THE LIFE OF A RANCH HORSE: CAGUAMA

The Spanish word for loggerhead sea turtle–caguama–is also Mexican slang for a 32 ounce bottle of beer, the connection being, presumably, that the further down the bottle one drinks, the...

MAKING THE RIGHT THING EASY

“It’s about making the wrong thing difficult, and the right thing easy.” Most people who’ve spent time around horses will recognize this saying, but after a lifetime of riding horses,...

SELF SELECTION

I was first introduced to the term “self-selection” in a barefoot trimming clinic in Australia about a year ago. The couple that were hosting the clinic, a trimmer and a...

OUR SUMMER READING LIST

From epic novels about the “old West” to meditations on the natural world and humanity’s place in it, from horsemanship instructionals to our favorite cookbooks, a (non-comprehensive) list of titles...

THE DANCE

A young colt being worked at Chico Basin Ranch.

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