Life With Horses

Being a "horse person" has different meanings for each of us, but we all share a desire to stay attuned to the world of horses.

Top People & Places Stories

  • The classic western hat was developed for daily use in harsh outside weather conditions. Journal photo.

    The Cowboy Hat

    Whether you’re horse showing or just mucking stalls, the cowboy hat is a beloved, recognizable symbol of the American West.

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    The Lone Ranger Rides Again

    American Cowboy's Peter Bronski interviews the main players and evaluates the enduring influence of this great character. The movie opens July 3 nationwide.

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    First Lady of the West

    Calamity Jane earned her reputation as a woman who did as she pleased. In the April/May issue of American Cowboy , author and historian Chris Enss wrote about this pistol-packin' woman of the West.

  • Ann and Rodger Call never let life’s challenges slow them down or keep them from doing what they loved. Journal photo.

    What a Lady!

    Horsewoman Ann Call didn’t let the challenges in her life ever slow her down.

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    Buffalo Bill - The Man Behind the Legend

    Smart, ambitious, and creative, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody sold himself and his experiences and became larger than life.

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A Girl and Her Horse

Ainsley Myers, 13, and her horse, Gazant, share a hug in Sunset, LA ... MORE
Photo Nancie Carlson

The Blind Show Horse

"He was old and destined to lose both his eyes. But our gelding had much yet to teach us." Story by Mary Czech ... MORE
The classic western hat was developed for daily use in harsh outside weather conditions. Journal photo.

The Cowboy Hat

Whether you’re horse showing or just mucking stalls, the cowboy hat is a beloved, recognizable symbol of the American West. ... MORE
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The Lone Ranger Rides Again

American Cowboy's Peter Bronski interviews the main players and evaluates the enduring influence of this great character. The movie opens July 3 nationwide. ... MORE
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Rediscovering Horses

Frequent contributor Kristie Allison describes how it feels to be back in the saddle on a leased horse after a 20-year hiatus. ... MORE
Nancy with Eli. Photo Victoria Souza

Happy Mother’s Day

Nancy Shulins, author of "Falling for Eli," urges women everywhere to celebrate their equine “children.” ... MORE
John Hoyt (right) was a regular at the World Shows. He’s here with Harold Hudspeth at the 1994 AQHA World Championship Show. Journal Archive photo.

True Grit

He has been called the John Wayne of horse training, but most know him as the man with a heart of gold. ... MORE
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First Lady of the West

Calamity Jane earned her reputation as a woman who did as she pleased. In the April/May issue of American Cowboy , author and historian Chris Enss wrote about this pistol-packin' woman of the West. ... MORE
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The 5 Greatest Ghost Towns of the Old West

During the Gold Rush, towns boomed around mines in the West. However, once those mines were depleted, the towns were abandoned as quickly as they were established. From American Cowboy, here's a list of the greatest ghost towns of the Old West. ... MORE
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Her Own Woman

Blair Darnell has been horseback riding from Europe to the Rio Grande. ... MORE
Photo Larry D. Moore

The Chuckwagon

The hardship of sleeping and eating (just surviving, really) on cattle trails were brutal. Though some modern cowboys keep to the old tradition of bed rolls around the campfire, trail technology has come along way. Today, sheep camps and modern "chuckwagons" are hooked up with sophisticated technology and plenty of luxuries. ... MORE
Ann and Rodger Call never let life’s challenges slow them down or keep them from doing what they loved. Journal photo.

What a Lady!

Horsewoman Ann Call didn’t let the challenges in her life ever slow her down. ... MORE
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The Greatest Western Movie Villains

Movie cowboys can't be good guys without the bad guys. Here's our list of the best Western movie villains. ... MORE
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Buffalo Bill – The Man Behind the Legend

Smart, ambitious, and creative, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody sold himself and his experiences and became larger than life. ... MORE
Kevin Cornwell studies the trail pattern before going in. Photo by Katie Navarra.

Of Patience and Perseverance

Read how some Special Olympians celebrate their horseback riding victories. ... MORE
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Horse Breeds Trivia

Whatever breed you happen to favor, here are some facts that are fun to learn and pass along. From Horse&Rider magazine. ... MORE
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Driving Horses

Long time stunt double Martha Cantarini describes her first experience driving a horse and carriage for a film. ... MORE
Roy with Trigger. Photo by Bettmann/CORBIS

Television Horses I Have Loved

Kristie Allison fondly recalls Silver, Scout, Buttermilk, Trigger as well as many other horses from famous television programs from her youth. ... MORE
Mary Roes isn’t letting cancer keep her from showing her American Quarter Horses. Journal photo.

Got Courage??

January 28, 2013--Mary Roes, AQHA exhibitor and Region Two committee member, hasn’t let cancer keep her down. ... MORE
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Video: Horses in a Dream

Watch the magnificent footage of running horses from Wittydud ... MORE
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“Scribbles”: A Horse Rescue That Beat All The Odds

Saved from slaughter, Scribbles' amazing story will warm your heart and hopefully bring more happy endings to other horses in need of rescue. ... MORE
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Gryphon: From Rescue Horse to 50 Miler

Endurance rider Mary Howell tells how she quickly developed a strong bond with Gryphon that has helped them successfully complete two endurance rides together just three months after sheI brought him home. ... MORE
Quarter Horses have brought some calm to the storm for Jacob, as well as many others. Journal photo.

Horseback Riding for the Soul

This Warrior Wellness program and its American Quarter Horses serve those who served their country. ... MORE
Results from Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships and the USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship

Christmas Eve Dressage Poem

Enjoy this holiday poem written by a dressage rider. ... MORE
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The Quarter Horse: America’s Breed

The Quarter Horse can trace its roots to England and the Middle East, but it was born on the farms, ranches, and race tracks of the U.S. ... MORE
Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir above Yosemite Valley, 1903.

Roosevelt’s West

Theodore Roosevelt was our greatest (and only) cowboy president. ... MORE
Roy with Trigger. Photo by Bettmann/CORBIS

Roy Rogers: King of the Cowboys

Roy Rogers once ruled television, movies, and the airwaves with charisma and a clear, melodic voice. ... MORE
Matt Rockwell makes sure to build a good foundation on all of his cowboy mounted shooting horses. Journal photo.

All in a Day’s Shooting

Grab your gun and head to the arena– it’s time to ride. Follow a cowboy mounted shooter. ... MORE
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Beyond Relentless: Trevor Brazile

The sport of rodeo’s most decorated all-around champion ever, Trevor Brazile remains at the top of his game. And he’s still working as hard (or harder) as anyone in the arena. Behind it all? Well, he’s just a cowboy. ... MORE
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Rider to Rider: What One Small Thing About Your Horse Always Makes You Happy?

Practical Horseman readers share the funny quirks and special traits of the horses who melt their hearts. ... MORE
Bronc rider Ruth Roach Salmon (1896-1986). Photos courtesy of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum.

Ride Like a Girl

A group of pioneering female athletes rode roughstock events in the early 20th century before participation dwindled. What happened? Is it true that “The end of women’s rodeo was Gene Autry. He put women in their ‘place,’ in the square dances and out of competition.” ... MORE
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The Rest of a Cure: How a Senior Horse Helped a Woman Live Again

Jerrie Kelly, a breast cancer survivor, tells the story of her senior horse, Phalcon. ... MORE
“Goldie” bonded to the riders at HorseFriends quickly because of her blindness. Photo courtesy of HorseFriends.

Blind Ambition

Being blind didn’t limit this little mare’s horseback-riding adventures. From America's Horse Daily ... MORE
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Five Old-West Ghost Towns

Time may have forgotten these towns, but we haven’t. From The American Cowboy magazine ... MORE
Lauren Eichstadt and Its My Lucky Detail won the Farnam All-Around Amateur Award at the 2011 Bank of America AQHA World Championship Show. Journal photo.

All Around Amateur

September 26, 2012--Horse-showing history: A look back at the 2011 Bank of America Amateur World Championship Show. ... MORE
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Jim Thorpe: Olympian Effort

One of America's greatest athletes, Jim Thorpe learned perseverance on the back of bucking broncs. ... MORE
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Cowboy Mounted Shooting

Tearing a page from the book of great American cowboys, mounted shooting is as close to the Old West as you can get short of a time machine. ... MORE
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Sons of the West

Native American ropers are making a big splash in professional rodeo, but some of our best cowboys have always been Indians. ... MORE
Blue went from team-roping horse to movie star. (Sam Emerson - Disney Enterprises Inc.)

Blue’s Big Screen Debut

After being discovered at a roping, "Blue" went on to become Hannah Montana's movie horse. From America's Horse Daily. ... MORE
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History of the Rodeo Cowgirl

Born of necessity on Old West homesteads and tempered by decades of competition, the rodeo cowgirl comes from a long lineage of pioneering women. ... MORE
Photo Matt Theilen

Wild Horses in the Big House

A successful program at a Nevada prison places wild horses in new homes and helps the inmates who train them set new priorities in their lives. ... MORE
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Horse Showing Hero

At a time when most show horses would be retired, AQHA Farnam Superhorse Tuckers Vaquero is still going strong at 22. ... MORE
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The Great Rodeo Circuits

Follow this nationwide primer for your summer rodeo viewing pleasure. From American Cowboy magazine. Story by Nathalie Herrera, Kyla Jones, Mahala Proch, and Bob Welch. ... MORE
Lindsey, on Blue, and Clayton, on Bluefoot, like to play in the pasture on their family's ranch in Gonzales, Texas. Journal photo.

True Blue: A Horse Like Family

This American Quarter Horse has been a family treasure. From America's Horse Daily. ... MORE
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Comanchero Pony Express Run

From Phoenix to Prescott, the Comancheros recreate their version of a Pony Express ride to raise money for children's charities. ... MORE
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The Quarter Horse Who Protected Reagan

If President Reagan rode, the Secret Service rode, and "Monty" and John Barletta were at his side. ... MORE
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Pony Club Alumni in the Spotlight

June 13, 2012--The USEF just named horse and rider combinations to the Short List for the 2012 Olympic Games Eventing team. It is no surprise that many riders listed have Pony Club backgrounds. Eight of the 11 riders named to the short list belonged to a Pony Club. ... MORE
Leading Cherokee to his new home. Photo Kristie Allison

Getting My First Horse

On her 16th birthday, Kristie Allison chose a horse over a '67 Mustang--and her life was forever changed. ... MORE
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An American Cowboy Interview with Buck Brannaman

The original "horse whisperer" talks about his work, life, and the 2012 Spur award-winning documentary Buck. ... MORE
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Pard’ners and Best Friends

DiscoverHorses contributor Kristie Allison recalls the horse-related mischief she and her best friend concocted while they were in high school. ... MORE
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