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Cute outfits, some encouragement, lots of adventures, tons of coffee, and the occasional cowboy.

The Wild Journey {Part 5}

For starters, I’m still contemplating how I’m going to move to Kentucky.  Y’ALL, every single time we visit this beautiful state I fall in love all over again.  The Wild Journey was coming to an end and the mustangs went from being undomesticated to gentled, willing, and beautiful in 112 days.  If you missed the previous posts, you’ll definitely need to catch up here.  We went to Kentucky a few days early to give the horses time to settle and for us to enjoy the town.  A sweet, dear friend let us stay at her farm.  Her hospitality was overflowing as soon as we pulled in the long driveway.  This farm was glorious.  The greenest, most lush grass everywhere.  The barn was the perfect setup anddd she had a covered arena to escape the heat of summer.  I could go on, but I’ll save you the time.  Our stay there was wonderful.  Horses, dogs, and humans happy.

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The first day we ate lunch at our favorite local spot, Wallace Station, {it’s tradition}!  So delicious.  I highly recommend the ETR Fish Sandwich and potato salad.  Then we explored downtown Midway: unique boutiques, handmade shops, local finds, and the railway goes straight through town.  We ventured to the visitor center at The Kentucky Horse Park.  The gardens and grounds are so nice there.  When we got back to the farm they got the horses out to stretch a leg.  We found ourselves eating dinner at Mezzo – Italian Cafe.  It was a great day sightseeing and takin’ it easy.

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The next day was rainy and cloudy.  I had already calculated how far we were from The Ark Encounter.  I had been wanting to go there since they opened.  And…so, we went.  The experience was incredible, amazing, informative, and fun!  Also, I rode a camel, so what more do you need?  We were thankful to have the extra time to enjoy ourselves before the heat of the competition started.  We would move to The Kentucky Horse Park the next day.

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The Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover Competition consisted of three preliminary classes over the span of three days.  They combine scores and announce The Top 10 Finalists.  Then the Top 10 have a compulsory class and a freestyle class which combine to determine winners.  Let’s just say, the three days were a roller coaster.  We had very little time to eat, sleep, or relax.  In some ways it felt like three weeks and others, like three minutes.

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The experiences and lessons learned over the past 3 months paid off when the competition began.  They both ended up Top 10 Finalist {hallelujah}!  BUT, they didn’t stop there!  Erik and Partner placed 8th overall and my sister, Kirsten, and Tux won the Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion!  My heart almost burst from excitement and an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness!  What a journey.

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Speaking of journey…the past three months has definitely been one heck of a ride.  These mustangs went from wild to mild in 112 days.  The process consisted of a whole lotta patience, willingness, sacrifice, long days, sleepless nights, working together, and laughing so we didn’t cry.  These two mustangs have left a mark on our lives and Kirsten + Erik’s horsemanship.  They wouldn’t be where they are today without Tux and Partner.  It was a wild journey, but worth it, no doubt.

Love,

A Cowboy’s Tired, Proud Wife

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Birthdays and Bible Studies

I recently had a birthday.  The big thirty is getting closer each year.  Where does the time go?  If you know, let me know.  I gotta say, my favorite gift I received this year was a devotion book from my sister-in-law, Jennifer.  Unexpected, but totally needed.  Life gets busy, hectic, and sometimes just hard.  As a woman, daughter, wife, sister, and friend, expectations are high and responsibilities are overflowing just like my laundry.  We give so much of ourselves to everyone else, organizations, our church, our jobs, the list goes on.  This birthday gift simply reminded me to take a moment and make sure I’m giving back to myself.  We are spread so thin in the everyday hustle + bustle.  I needed a “check-up” on my relationship with the One who truly matters.  That my friend, is Jesus.

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So I begin to dig into this bible study, Finding I Am by Lisa Terkeurst.  Gotta be honest, it took a few devotions until I really began to relax and enjoy the study.  My heart and my eyes began to open to God’s presence in my life.  Grace and healing was poured over me for the next 6 weeks.  I loved doing the study with Jennifer.  Not only was she an accountability partner, but someone to share my favorite verses with, my weaknesses, and how it was growing + challenging me.  This birthday gift turned into a gift that kept giving for 6 weeks, y’all!  I absolutely fell in love with God all over again.

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When the study was coming to an end, Jennifer and I were both somewhat sad.  This had become a healthy routine to our day.  I loved having my cup of coffee and starting or ending my day devoting time to God’s Word.  We decided we couldn’t stop there.  We went to our local Lifeway and picked out another bible study.  This time, Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer.  Over the past couple months, the devotions had become regular conversation with my clients, friends, and family.  We now have some of the girls in our community doing the studies!  Isn’t it amazing how God works?!  Something as simple as a birthday gift has chain reacted into encouragement in our community and friendships.  If you would like to be a part of our Women’s Bible Study Group, please message me on our Facebook page HERE and I will get you connected, gal!

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Also, isn’t this floral top so precious!?  I love the print, colors, and material!  It’s one of the softest shirts I own.  During the sweltering summer, I’m all about light + comfy material!  I’ve had lots of people ask about my Journaling Bible.  All these details can be found below!  I hope you’ve been encouraged, felt like you’re not the only one struggling in your faith walk, been motivated, and enlightened on some great new devotions to dive into!  Girlfriends, life is tough, we’ve got to stick together!  I’m praying for you this week!

Floral Top {Cleo Madison} | Jewelry | Journaling Bible

Love,

Fallon

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Life at the Barn

Life at the barn isn’t always grand.  Sometimes it’s really hard work, exhausting, dusty, loud, interesting, down-right hilarious, and often just plain stinky.  However; I’m so glad God gave me the heart to love this life.  I’m so glad I don’t miss out on the prettiest sunsets, the sound of horses running to the trough at feed time, all the dogs waiting at my feet for a treat, watching the horse training progress each day, the pups chasing each other, and the crickets singing at night.

I got some new shots of Erik, Kirsten, and Dawton training for their upcoming show.  It was a beautiful, sunny, blue sky day.

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We had a lot of fun, but not as much fun as Dally and Gus.

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It’s simple days like this when I’m most thankful for life at the barn.  What are you thankful for today, friend?

Love,

Fallon

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The Wild Journey {Part 4}

We’re over halfway through this wild journey.  At this point, it’s easy to get tired, burnt out, frustrated or question the method you’re using.  These mustangs can teach you so much and certainly test your patience.  They are somewhat different than training a domesticated horse and absorb things at their own pace.  Some things will click overnight and others may take weeks.  It’s definitely crunch time and we’re trying to have both Tux and Partner more than ready for the competition.

They have really improved the past couple of weeks.  Their appearance has drastically changed.  They’re both fattening up + looking healthier every day.  They are gaining muscle and filling out.  Tux and Partner are going to be such a great asset for their future owners.  They had their first farrier experience and it went really well!  They stood still and calm the entire time.

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We’ve taken them away from the farm multiple times as it helps to “season” them to traveling.  They do so well on the road.  We recently went to visit a friend’s ranch in Gaffney, SC.  He owns Green River Farm, a beautiful working cattle and horse farm, with plenty of desensitizing tools around every corner.  The mustangs handled everything like champs.  It was a memorable, sunny weekend and we look forward to going back!

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We have one month until the Mustang Makeover Competition in Lexington, Kentucky.  If you’re close by, we would love for you to come support these duos!  You can purchase tickets to the event here!  They are putting the finishing touches on the mustangs and preparing their freestyle routines in hopes of making the Top 10 Finals!  We’re on the homestretch of this Wild Journey.  We’re going to make everyday count!

Until the next update,

Fallon

 

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The Wild Journey {Part 3}

Another month has passed with these wild mustangs that are surely becoming gentled, using horses.  Partner and Tux are being handled and rode every single day {YES, I said rode}!!  Erik and Kirsten have both ridden their horses and you bet’cha, all that ground work really paid off.  Both of the horses are gaining weight and muscle.  They are starting to fit right in with our string of work/performance horses.  Tux loves getting a bath, being groomed, and a good trail ride.  Partner is breezing through most obstacles, loves to eat, and tolerates me braiding his mane {ha}!  We are all really proud and excited to see how they will transform!

If you missed the first couple posts, just search “The Wild Journey” in the search bar on the right hand side! 

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The second time we traveled with the mustangs away from the farm was for a Bureau of Land Management  Wild Mustang and Burro Adoption, about an hour and a half from home.  It was a quick and easy weekend trip that would get them familiar with traveling before the trek to Kentucky in July.  They both did so well and kept impressing us.  We were happy to be able to promote and lend a helping hand at the mustang adoption.  Partner and Tux didn’t mind all the extra attention either.  We met some new friends and the BLM got all the horses and burros adopted out {yeehaw}!

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Just like we go to the dentist, a horse also needs dental attention.  We get our horses teeth checked regularly by a professional because it can make a big difference in the horses performance and response to a bit.  It can also contribute to the quantity of nutrients they are able to consume from their feed and hay.  We have a reliable dentist that we love!  Contact Southeastern Equine Dentistry for your horses dental needs or questions!  The mustangs first dentist appointment went great and they checked out well!  Also, can I just point out, when they are wearing the dental headset they look like they’re smiling?!  HA!

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That’s a wrap for this update, y’all!  We are still so grateful for this opportunity of learning and growing daily.  Shoutout to my husband and sister for maintaining patience and dedication through this whole experience!  Y’all are one heck of a horseman and horsewoman.  Keep it up!  It’s amazing to watch this journey unfold and be able to share these moments with you.  Hope you’re having a great week, friend!

Until the next update,

Fallon

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