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About Southern Detour

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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Southern Spring

Spring is in full bloom here in the South.  The days are getting warmer + longer, the horses are shedding like crazy, the thunderstorms are more often, and the mosquitoes are getting larger {ugh}.  However, I love this time of year.  There are wildflowers everywhere, my sister and I planted a teeny garden, and horse show season is starting up.

We recently sold our home and have moved back to the farm for awhile.  I feel more at home than I did in the housing development we lived in.  I have absolutely loved being back where my roots are planted.  The neighborhood life was getting too stuffy for me.  I love waking up to the birds singing and chirping, I feed horses before work in the peace and quiet {yes, I oddly enjoy this}, our dogs get to run free, and the views are as pretty as ever.  I always told mama growing up that God gave us the prettiest sunsets on the farm.  Turns out all these years later, I was right.

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Photo credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

On top of the cotton candy sunsets, I get to see my family everyday.  Most folks turn a head or give you the “deer in headlights” look when I mention this.  They say, “How in the world can y’all stand each other?  You don’t drive one another crazy?”  Well, of course we do.  I’ve learned at the end of the day, family is really all you have.  I never take my spontaneous, loud, nonstop family for granted.  I am really looking forward to spending so much time together this spring and summer {call me crazy}.

I hope spring has been treating you kindly, friend.  How have you been enjoying this beautiful weather?  Take some time for your family this season!  You won’t regret it!

Love,

Fallon

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Gaffney, I love ya

Horse show season has kicked off to a great start!  We took on the EXCA State Championship in Gaffney, SC recently.  Last year was the first time we had been to this beautiful town.  It never disappoints with it’s rolling hills and friendly folks.  Green River Farms was hosting an Extreme Cowboy Association Race.  We love these shows and what they represent.  You’re displaying true horsemanship over a course of ranch techniques + challenging obstacles with speed.  It’s exciting to watch and cheer on my family and the other competitors.

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It made me so proud to see how much Erik + Miss Kitty and Kirsten + Mister Twister had improved from last year.  The horses and riders have matured so much.  Erik and Miss Kitty placed well in the Non-Pro and Pro Divisions.  Kirsten and Mister Twister brought home the Intermediate Champion Title and the Youth Champion Title at this show!!  Kirsten also introduced another horse, Diamond, to the show life and she impressed us with her calm, cool, collected attitude.  Dawton {Kirsten’s boyfriend}, showed for the first time on trusty Trinity.  They did so great and had a blast!  This won’t be the last you see of them.  Both of the courses tackled were tough, but all 3 of them rocked it.

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The weather was perfect, the hamburgers from Mrs. Barb’s concession stand were delicious {as always}, the people were refreshing and kind, the late night Olive Garden run was tradition, and the quality time spent with the horses was progress.  Gaffney, you never disappoint and for that, I love ya.

Until the next adventure,

Fallon

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The Wild Journey {Part 2}

I was so tired of being in the truck.  12 hours through the night to our destination, Ewing, Illinois, where the Wild Horse and Burro Holding Facility is located.  I was exhausted, hungry, and ready for a long nap.  We arrived a day before pick-up to check out the facility and get a good look at the wild mustangs.  They were all so pretty, rugged, and wild-eyed.  We tried to imagine which two we would be taking home.  We couldn’t find out the assigned mustangs until the next day.  If you’re wondering what’s going on, I can fill you in on the Wild Journey here.

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We found a nice hotel in the next town and turned in early for the night.  We knew we had a big, adventurous day ahead of us.  4:30AM came quick, y’all.  Have I mentioned how much I love dry shampoo + concealer {#lifesaver}!  We got to the facility and eagerly waited our turn.  As we went into the office, a lady handed over their papers to sign.  We all had butterflies and grins you would never be able to wipe off.  Erik’s read, 4 year old sorrel gelding and Kirsten’s read, 4 year old black gelding.  Surely didn’t narrow it down much, but we all rushed out to the pens to see if we could find the tag numbers.  Erik spotted his wild mustang immediately.  He was the smaller of the bunch, standing all alone, and had such a sweet eye.  You could tell he was probably last in the pecking order.  First priority was to fatten him up!  Kirsten was still trying to spot hers in a pen full of black and dark bay geldings.  We finally saw him at the back.  He had the most beautiful mane and tail.  He just had this majestic look about him.  The kind gentlemen got them loaded onto the trailer and we started the 12 hour trek home.

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We were surprised at how well they traveled.  They ate hay and didn’t make a peep the entire way home.  Erik and Kirsten could not wait to get to work!

Fast forward a week later…

Erik and his sorrel mustang are developing a bond.  Erik removed his neck tag on Saturday and decided to call him Partner.  The mustang will be his partner throughout this journey, so the name really fits.  Plus, he looks like he belongs in a western movie.  Well, howdy Partner!  He’s terrified of most things, but Partner is such a quick learner.  He gets over his fears fast.  Erik has been working on different exercises with Partner.  He’s gonna be a good one.

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Kirsten is moving right along with her mustang, A.K.A. Smokin’ Tux.  He is black with a white stripe down his face; resembles a tuxedo.  The name suits this fancy boy perfectly.  Tux learned quickly he loves a good rub from Kirsten.  He’s progressing and overcoming fears each day.  Kirsten even had her first ride on him this weekend.  These two are going to make a great team!  You can get daily updates on Tux at my sister’s horsemanship page, Just Believe Horsemanship.

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Kirsten + Tux photo credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

It’s amazing to watch the wild mustangs slowly let a stranger into their “bubble,” as my dad calls it.  I know Partner and Tux have to be thinking we are a bunch of crazy hooligans.  One of my favorite milestones is removing the neck tag.  To me, it’s really the beginning of the journey.  It’s the first chapter of this incredible life change for them.  Little do they know, this change will be for their good.  Erik and Kirsten are learning something new everyday from this experience.  This will be a wild journey, indeed.

Until the next update,

Fallon

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The Wild Journey {Part 1}

Howdy!  This post is for the horse folks, folks who think they would like horses, folks who are interested in my rambling on about horses, and folks who like to look at pictures of horses {basically all folks}.  As you may know, my sister has competed in multiple mustang makeover competitions.  Most of my clients ask, “do they end up racing the cars?!”  {HA}!  Nope.  Totally different competition.  We are talking about wild, undomesticated mustangs that have been rounded up out of the over populated wild herds.  If you’ve never watched the documentary, Unbranded, do yourself a favor and have a movie night with a big bowl of popcorn.  It’s a film about four guys, led by Ben Masters, who are recent college graduates embarking on a journey from the Mexico border to the Canadian border on horseback to raise awareness of the plight of the American Mustangs.  It is raw, eye-opening, and proves the worth of the mustangs over and over.  You will be much more knowledgeable about the mustangs after viewing the documentary.  You will gasp……laugh…….cry…….and swell up with pride as your eyes witness something most of us will never experience in person.

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With all that said, my sister and my husband have been accepted and are competing in the Kentucky Mustang Makeover Competition this year!  Simple explanation: You are assigned a random, wild mustang that has been rounded up and hauled to a BLM holding facility.  Our pickup is scheduled in Illinois.  Things get real, very fast as you back your trailer up to the loading chute + load the mustangs you will be partnering with for the next several months and are sent on your way.  Once you arrive home, you have approximately 110 days to gentle and train the horse for competition.  That sums it up in a nut shell.

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In July, we will travel to Kentucky where they will compete in a series of preliminary classes vying for a spot in the Top 10 freestyle performance finals.  All adult mustangs will be available for adoption through public competitive bid after the finals.  Many people have asked, why do they want to do this?  I know it sounds crazy, stressful, even scary, but we believe in the mustang makeovers and their purpose.  The experience, for one, is like no other, you’re preserving public lands, helping the mustangs find good homes + live a more purposeful life, and having a ton of fun along the way.

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I plan to document this journey and keep you up-to-date as much as I can.  We are striking out this week to pick up the two mustangs.  We’ve tried to imagine what they will look like, what their personalities will be like and all their little quirks.  We are all super excited to get them and begin this unforgettable experience.  This is my husband’s first time participating in a mustang makeover and my sister’s first time competing in the adult division.  It is going to be so much fun and we will make many memories in these next 4 months.  I will have my camera ready to capture the moments for you all……the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Please be praying for safe travels and for God to guide Kirsten and Erik on this amazing journey.  We are grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to share it with y’all!  Who knows, if you aren’t horse folk yet, you just may be by the end of this detour!

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Until the next update,

Fallon

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Keeping it Southern

Many of you have been asking how the Southern Detour Boutique is doing.  It’s going just dandy! It is definitely keeping my mom a busy little bee.  She gets new clothes + jewelry in every week.  If you haven’t been by, you need to go {like run}!  They have been doing so well and enjoy seeing + visiting with all of you each day!

We have loved the loyal customers in our community!  We want to say, “THANK YOU” for supporting a local, small business!  Your shopping goes a long way and is truly appreciated from the bottom of our hearts.  We hope you all will get the chance to come see + shop our unique, vibrant, comforting, friendly, southern boutique.  It’s one-of-a-kind!

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Photo credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

Please be sure to follow along on our Facebook and submit your email at the top of this page.  You can find our store hours + location, plus stay up-to-date on giveaways, blog posts, new trends, and be the first to know when our shipments arrive!  Also, we have an exciting event coming soon {even more reason to follow SD}!!  Stay southern, friends!

Love,

Fallon + The SD Crew

 

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