The National Ranching Heritage Center is proud to partner with Hank the Cowdog for the Ranch Life Learning series. In this first book, Ranching and Livestock, the same cast of characters you’ve come to know and love in the Hank the Cowdog series will give you a first-class introduction to ranching! You’ll learn: the difference between a ranch and a farm, how cows digest grass, running a ranch as a successful business, how to choose the right breed of cattle for your ranch, and taking care of cattle through the various types of weather. And, what’s more, when you’re done with this book, you can test your ranching know-how with the quiz and vocabulary lesson in the back!
The National Ranching Heritage Center is proud to partner with Hank the Cowdog for this newest addition to the Ranch Life Learning series: Cowboys
and Horses. Saddle up for some fun as everyone's favorite Head of Ranch Security, Hank, gives readers a glimpse into the world of horses and the life of a working cowboy! In these pages, you'll learn things like: the history of traildriving in America, a cowboy's role in a ranching operation, qualities to look for in a good horse, how to train horses, roping technique, and a whole lot more!
The National Ranching Heritage Center is proud to partner with Hank the Cowdog for Ranch Wildlife, the latest addition to the Ranch Life Learning series. Did you think that horses, cattle and cowdogs are the only animals you'd find on a ranch? Think again! In these pages, you'll learn about the many kinds of wild animals you might see if you spent a few days on Hank's ranch in the Texas Panhandle. Coyotes, buzzards, porcupines, rabbits, rattlesnakes, and burrowing owls all make frequent appearances in the Hank the Cowdog books, but how about the other important animals that you don't hear about as often? You guessed it, Hank knows all about them too, and here's your chance to learn from the best!
For more than a hundred years, Amercian cowboys made their living through the skilled use of horse and rope. Whole libraries have been devoted to the horse, but no one, until now, has written a thorough study of the origins and evolution of ranch roping-which differs from arena roping as practiced by rodeo cowboys....(more info)
Through Time and the Valley is the story of a river--its history, its lore, its colorful characters, the comedies and tragedies that valley ranchers, outlaws, frontier wives, moonshiners, and cowboys have spun yarns about for generations....(more info)
This contemporary "log of a cowboy," to borrow a term from Andy Adams, reveals the daily life of a cowboy during the years 1979-81.
Readers of Erickson's Hank the Cowdog books will recognize names, locations and incidents which the author used for that series: Tuerto, Drover, ...(more info)
Panhandle Cowboy is a sensitive, admirable straight-forward book about the texture of modern cowboying in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
These truthful and affectionate descriptions of life and work in that severe locale serve to reinforce an old point: that hardship and risk are woven deeply into the appeal of cowboying....(more info)
Erickson's articles and essays have been published in Texas Highways, Oklahoma Today, Livestock Weekly, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Times Herald, and American Cowboy.
Many of the pieces are anecdotal, based on Erickson's experiences and observations on ranches....(more info)
Here under one cover are the collected writings of John R. Erickson about characters who have entered his life on the High Plains country of the Texas Panhandle.
Erickson writes with authority about ranching and cowboying in the modern era, always with an eye for the humor of everyday incidents. Some of his friends are widely known, such as artist Ace Reid and noted fiddle player Frankie McWhorter. Others are cowboys who...(more info)
“The American cowboy is a mythical character who refuses to die,” says author John R. Erickson. On the one hand he is a common man: a laborer, a hired hand who works for wages. Yet in his lonely struggle against nature and animal cunning, he becomes larger than life. Who is this cowboy? Where did he come from and where is he today? (more info)