Wide open fields, corrals, wooden fences, gates, cattle runs, cattle, horses, chickens/roosters, dusty ground, dust puffing under horse's hooves/cowboy's boots pick up trucks, horse trailers, sprawling farmhouse, large barn, stacked hay bales, pitchfork, shovel, grapples, cats, mice, coils of rope, saddles, tack, tack shed, brands, water trough, food trough, manure, weeds, garden , porch, rocking chair, wagon wheels, cattle skulls, horseshoes, feed buckets, pails, gas barrels, tractor, horse blanket, curry comb, salt lick, cow bells, milking shed, tools, broken down trucks/farm equipment, rain barrel, dust, dust devils, tumbleweeds, rabbits, dogs, prairie dogs/gophers, snakes, flowers, tufts of grass, tracks worn into the fields, mud, dugout, chicken coop, dog mats/doghouse, shotguns, raccoons, ravines trees, bushes, brambles, wild raspberry/Saskatoon,/gooseberry bushes, flies, spiders, cobwebs, old tires, rusted chain, pens, ranchers, workers, children, guests/visitors/clients, cattle guards, long dirt roads, gravel, wood shed, wood piles, axe, splitting stump
The wind, whinnying, squeaking gates, calls of greeting, the clop of horses' hooves, dinner bell, old radio, talking, laughter, calling/talking to the animals, the creak of harnesses and tack, the scratch of rope being coiled or knotted, horses pawing at the ground, a dog yipping at a ranch hand's feet, doors opening and closing, cowboy boots scuffing the ground, the slurp of mud sucking at boots, the cluck of hens, cows lowing, the crunch of hay, the backfire of an old tractor, a truck firing up, the squeak of wheels, safety chains clanking, tailgates slamming shut, scraping as heavy hay bales are dragged closer to the edge of the shelf, the tick of boot heels over planks, horses tossing & snorting at one another, the heavy shuddering breath of a horse running full out, dogs barking, the cut-off squeak of a cut pinning a mouse, horse hooves clanging against a metal hrse tariler ramp
Manure, grass, dust and dirt, dry grass, horse hide, sweat, alfalfa & timothy hay, dirty straw, scents carried on the wind, food cooking, campfire smoke, cigarette smoke, domestic animals
Dust in the mouth, spit, water, the tang of chewing sweet grass ends, cigarette tobacco, chewing tobacco, coffee, tea, beer, home cooking type foods, fresh garden vegetables, sweet & tart berries picked wild of the bush, beef jerky, biscuits, hearty stews & gravy, baked beans
The soft fuzz of a horse's lips nuzzling your hand for attention or treats (apple carrot, sugar cubes), hard-packed earth beneath your feet, leaning your chest against a fence railing, sitting on the top of a fence, the heaviness of a cowboy hat on the brow, wiping sweat with a bandanna, running fingers over rope, patting a horse's hide, stamping feet to loose muck or dust, heavy chaps hitting legs, pulling the brim of a hat in greeting, tightening/loosening buckles, swinging a saddle or horse blanket into place, flinging out corn or oats, feeling the dry seeds against the palm, pouring water over the back of the neck, sunburn, spitting on the ground, dipping two fingers into a shirt pocket for cigarettes or chew, the slow strokes of a curry comb over a horse's back, gripping onto the horse's mane with your fingers, lifting the hooves to check the horseshoes or clip nails, shovelling up manure, back pain, headaches, sunstroke, exhaustion, brushing dust off sleeves and pants, the rocking motion of riding in a saddle, pulling at the reins, squeezing milk from a cows teats in steady motions, bending to give a dog's head a pat, the cool air against the skin as night settles in, spitting sunflower seeds, the bump of an animal trying to get attention
--The words you choose can convey atmosphere and mood.
Mandy stifled a yawn and rested her chin against the smooth top rail of the corral. Sundancer stood in the middle of the dusty yard with Logan, who took careful steps toward the horse with a training bridle in his hand. Shadow cloaked most of the fenced area; the sun was only begining to crest the eastern field. She squinted in the pink-streaked darkness, determined to learn her brother's techniques. Early morning was the best time to break a horse--even the orneriest beast was amicable after a night of rest.
Sadie nudged her calves into Ginger's sides, urging the horse into a gallop. A brilliant smile lit up her face as she rose up in the saddle, her hair streaming behind her and the air rippling her clothes. This was the best part of it all, the best part of her world. This was when she could fly so fast, not even the wind could catch her.
--Similes and metaphors create strong imagery when used sparingly.
Example 1: (Simile)
Ellis took the dipper from the trough and poured it over my sunburned neck. I stood still, trying to catch every drop, the cool relief as welcome as rain to a parched garden.
Example 2: (Metaphor)
Only ten am, the wind's breath pushed the wilting timothy stalks in hot, relentless gusts, promising another day of searing heat.