Remember Hey Dude? I loved that show!
Honestly, I don't see why there aren't more youth oriented westerns. It's the one place where going juvenile or Smallville would work. Ranches and horses and Indian bonding and such. Heck the the rough yet simple life on the range. Though I have to say some of the too sweet kid bits from Dr. Quinn and Little House on the Prairie are tough to swallow sometimes, there's nothing wrong with an adventure western series for kids.
There should be a Shane miniseries! My husband hates westerns but now he's in love with the Red Dead Redemption game. Maybe a dark but youthful turn would be a possibility? I love Shane. I've read it more than any other book, and I do enjoy the Alan Ladd film. However, its about due for an ambigious retelling. What's the big deal with the stump? It's all told from a kid's eyes so he can't quite get the bigger picture of some potential kink between Mom and Shane. Dang now I want to go read it.
When I was little, every summer my dad would hack away on this huge stump that was left when we put in our pool. I'd sit there and say, 'It's just like Shane!' Every year, over and over I'd say it. Eventually my father would get so pissed and start really chopping at this stump. 'I know! I know! It's just like %^&*# Shane!'
So why isn't somebody making a humorous kid western or a darker mature series?