Many elements are involved when writing a western story. I have previously done a number of posts about various cowboy items, such as jeans, boots, ropes, and hats.
This time I want to share some links to good places for doing research on the cowboy world.
Basic Horse Care – Horse behavior, feeding, hoof care, common health problems, psychology for riders
Horse Supplies- Country Supply– Dewormers, pest control, horsewear, supplements, medications, leg protection and hoof boots, fencing, stable supplies, halters and leads, grooming and bathing, riding apparel, Western tack, farrier tools, and more
Breeds of Livestock – Cattle, horses, goats, sheep, swine
Beef Cattle Terminology – The lingo of the trade
Pedigree Cattle Breeds – The CattleSite – Beef and dairy breeds, breeders, societies and associations
Cowboy Wear-Cavender’s – Cowboy hats, boots, jeans, shirts, and more
Cowboy Hat Guide – Hat selection and care, storage, size and fitting, wearing and handling, protecting and cleaning, cowboy hat etiquette
Cowboy Lingo – The people and land, personal gear, saddles and tack glossary, horse terms, cattle terms, cattle drives
Ranch Vacations – Dude ranch rates, selecting a ranch, list of dude ranches, international ranches, ranch categories
Saddles & Tack – Chick Saddlery – Saddles of all kinds, bridles and headstalls, breast straps, reins, saddle pads, blankets, bits, girths and cinches, saddle bags, stirrups, spurs, halters, leads, horse boots, leg wraps, snaps, buckets, horse grooming aids, chaps, and more
FOR RUBY’S LOVE
Rancher Calhoun Cordell and businessman Daniel Patterson have struggled for almost two years as a couple, with careers and goals often in conflict. A tragic fire, leading to a traumatized valuable breeding mare, has Calhoun sending for a well-known horse whisperer. Except the man is dead. His daughter, Ruby McMurtry, shows up for the job instead and complicates their lives even more.
by Starla Kaye