Horses + Farm Life

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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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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