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Alive

3:15 a.m. I open one eye and look at the alarm clock as it sounds, my body not wanting to leave the warmth and comfort of bed. My brain starts slowly processing the day's task at hand. Ten hours in th...

 

Trail Time

I've logged some serious miles on my saddle this summer and I've had the pleasure of riding some fine horseflesh. With each mile looking out between those ears, I soak up the intrinsic value of time...

 

Home Again

My eyes popped open this morning, and as I wiped the sleep from them, I read the alarm clock’s time, 5:39 a.m. I woke with a jolt realizing I was supposed to be at the barn over a half hour ago to help get a backcountry trip packed out before the...

 

Heads Up Boys

The following story is dedicated to the men in my life: my grandpa, dad, uncle, brothers and friends that continue to answer the call the mountains ring out. The same ones that share a passion for a w...

 
 By Heather Layman    Opinion    May 18, 2017

Under this Big Sky

I've often found it easy to wax poetic about the mountains of home in western Montana. I've always referred to them as the supermodel of landscapes, so easy to admire with their grandiose perfection i...

 

Horse Tradin' With Siri

Every spring, we embark on long, arduous adventures crammed in a truck in search of replacement horses and mules for the ranch. This is a family tradition, and one we ALL do together. It's an...

 

She Walked Beside the Wagon

I believe five foot tall Lizzie Kate Longstreet (Hunter) Rich, my great, great grandmother, with her dark, raven hair is my guardian angel. Here's why... The stories of Grandma Lizzie have always...

 

A Story Worth Tellin'

The following post is dedicated to and written for the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. “The idea is not to live forever. It is to create something that will.” ~Andy Worhol As I was driving home yesterday, we passed our neighbor’s teams of black p...

 

Hometown

Hometown. You spend the entirety of your childhood waiting for the day to leave this god-forsaken place just knowing there must be a bigger, better world out there awaiting you. And there possibly...

 

Just Your Time

I was asked recently what I wanted for Christmas this year, and I thought about that. Of course there are material items that came to mind (I am only human.) A horse trailer was at the top of the...

 

Life, Live It!

"The trouble is, you think you have time." ~Buddha These past few weeks, I've once again found myself looking at life through a lens of loss and struggle and a gamut of emotions I am unable to reign...

 

Get It Together, Women

It was recently pointed out to me by a male counterpart (and I am sure a trustworthy source like Hillary's email) that after my last rant about woman logic, women are twelve percent more likely to be...

 

That's Women's Logic

Women think we have a logical reason for everything we say and do, whether subtle or blatant. We don't understand ourselves any more than the next person but we always promise an entertaining and...

 

Electile Dysfunction

I normally shy away from discussing anything religious or political but I sincerely {and I have tried} could not help myself this go round. Thanks to social media and the Internet, it's a free for...

 

A Pace I Long to Keep

These past few summer months have been nothing short of crazy and chaotic between work and home life. Some of you may know that I work for an electric and telecom company here on the hi-line of...

 

It Matters

These last few weeks in our country have been rough, raw, emotional and painful. In these times, I find it hard to find ground that is inspirational and peaceful; I find it difficult to spread words o...

 

When They Call

"When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I." ~Psalm 61:2 When they call...those mountains. They call to me this time of year. They call to me always. They call me home. T...

 
 By Heather Layman    Opinion    May 19, 2016

Brandin'

For my generous friends and their families that have been kind enough to share their way of life with me... Thank you... I haven't written much about the hi-line of Montana since moving here. Mostly,...

 

I Gotta Horse For Sale

Those of you in the horse world have seen them...those "horse for sale" ads and groups on Craig's List and Facebook.  Now, I don't begrudge someone wanting to sell a horse, and possibly recoup a...

 

She Rides

This is an ode to the most beautiful woman I know.  No finer lady will this world have the pleasure of knowing, and at 66, may she know that she's the most beautiful version of herself now more than...

 

Leaving a Legacy

Some moments simply leave your mouth absent of words, your eyes filled with warm tears and your heart so full of love and pride. When those moments come, you make note of every detail in that capsule...

 

Kindred Corral Spirits

We never grew up owning one, single mare in my entire childhood.  Every male on the ranch preached time and time again about what a pain in the hind parts they were to have on the place.  Of...

 

Good Horses to Ride

As another year draws to a close in the crazy old life, I hope that you had time to enjoy the holidays in festive style with those you love.  Now, it's almost time for that "new year, new me" nonsens...

 

Cowgirl

I was recently asked if I'm a real cowgirl on a social media site I partake in. The exact question posed to me was "If you don't have cows, how can you be a cowgirl?" I pondered that thought, let my h...

 

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