‘Yellowstone’ Star Forrie J. Smith Trains Ranch Horses with Son in Latest Photos from His Cowboy Life

by Jennifer Shea

“Yellowstone” star Forrie J. Smith hails from a cowboy family, and he passed the cowboy lifestyle down to his son, judging by some new Instagram photos.

On Thursday, Smith shared a glimpse of his family’s efforts to train ranch horses with his Instagram followers.

“Thanks to Wilder, my son and my nephew Jeff Hunt doing the leg work…we have another team to drive!” Smith posted. “#ranchlife #ranchhorse #ranch #americanwest.”

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Smith Hopes ‘Yellowstone’ Teaches Viewers About the Importance of Ranching

As someone who knows it firsthand, Smith sets out in each season of “Yellowstone” to teach audiences about the importance of ranching, he told Good Housekeeping in 2019. He grew up on his grandparents’ ranch in Helena, Montana, and he brings his decades of ranching experience to his portrayal of Lloyd.

“Ranchers help feed our country,” Smith said then.

It was Smith’s grandfather who taught him that ranchers take care of their communities. Ranching is about more than just turning a profit, he said. It’s a way of life.

As for the more grisly aspects of life at the Dutton ranch – for example, taking characters to “the train station,” a drive Smith’s character, Lloyd, has made himself – there’s an element of truth to that, however sensationalized it may seem, he said.

“When you grow up on a ranch, you grow up with life and death,” Smith explained. “Anything detrimental to the ranch or our way of life is an enemy and needs to be taken care of one way or another.”

Representing Cowboys with a Three-Dimensional Character

Smith had worked as a stuntman and played bit parts before he crossed paths with “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan. But now that he’s a series regular on “Yellowstone,” he bears the burden of representing the ranching and rodeo culture he knows and loves onscreen.

“Just last week, I got a call from a rodeo cowboy in New Mexico,” Smith told Good Housekeeping. “He told me, ‘You’re doing a great job representing us. Thank you.'”

As for Lloyd, Smith echoed the sentiments of his “Yellowstone” co-stars, who have praised Sheridan for creating compelling characters for them to portray. Smith said he’d never before had a chance to test his range as an actor until he joined the cast of “Yellowstone.”

“This show has showed me my own potential,” Smith added. “After 30 years in the business, I’ve killed other characters as an actor or stuntman, but never have I had the opportunity to cry on screen. When Jimmy got his belt buckle this season, I finally got to do that.”

And fans have rallied behind the characters on the show, including Lloyd, making “Yellowstone” the most popular show on cable TV. The Season 3 premiere and Season 3 finale broke ratings records. What happens to the show’s ratings when Season 4 finally premieres will be interesting to see.