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Beloved Barns

Buck Buckles' ranch features a classic-looking red barn.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege to travel throughout the West and photograph a lot of weather-worn, stalwart individuals—and that includes some pretty cool barns.

Leave it to horse people to walk into a dusty, non-climate-controlled building that houses animals, breathe in the hay- and manure-scented air, and gaze upon the stall fronts, rafters and tack room as if they’ve just set foot into some pristine, historic cathedral. If owning horses was our religion, then the barn would be our sanctuary.

Working for Western Horseman has taken me to numerous ranches, training facilities and horse breeding operations, and the start of each visit almost always begins at the barn. So many of those structures leave quite an impression and practically demand to be photographed. Here are some of my favorites.

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