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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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Traditions, Cowboy Hats, and Popcorn

We recently made our annual trip back to Augusta, Georgia.  If you missed my post last year, check it out here and it’ll catch you up on the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity.  We love this little weekend getaway.  It’s nice for Erik and Kirsten to sit back and relax instead of showing.  We watched the futurity finals, shopped the vendors, and snacked on double-dipped chocolate covered pecans + salty popcorn.

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Erik had been needing a new cowboy hat and found the perfect one!  They shaped it just for him.  I always love watching this.  Be sure to call Clay at Sombrero Brands if you’re in need of a fine quality cowboy hat {8179756247}.

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It was so nice to see friends we haven’t seen in awhile and try a new Mexican joint for lunch.  Checkout Tin Lizzy’s Cantina if you’re ever near one.  They have multiple locations in GA and SC.  Double thumbs up for their chips and queso + salsa.

I absolutely love traditions and making memories.  Another Augusta Futurity in the books for us.

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Hope 2017 has been good to you and your family so far, friends!  Now, where to next?!  Tell me about your upcoming trip in the comments below {I would love to read them}!!

Love,

Fallon

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Family, Adventure, and Frozen Yogurt

There’s just something about sand between your toes, island breeze in your hair, and reggae music in the background.  We’ve already kicked the new year off with adventure by taking a big family cruise!  I know it’s January and I’m pale as 2% milk, but why not?!

God must have been looking out for my pale being because it was cloudy and windy most of the trip.  We made the best of it by doing activities around the boat and taking an occasional nap.  We cruised on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.  It’s the largest ship in the world and it was pretty darn amazing!  They have a life-size carousel, boardwalk, central park with full grown trees/plants, an ice skating rink, 82 feet zip line, 2 rock climbing walls, and the list goes on.  We were there 8 days and I still didn’t see the entire ship.  I’m still trying to figure out how a boat that big can float?…

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One of my favorite things about a cruise is they really force you to relax and be present with each other.  You’re completely disconnected from your phone, schedule, work, and busy life.  They also offer you uh-mazing food every hour.  I literally have no idea how I ate that much, but I’m glad I did!

Our first stop was Nassua, Bahamas.  It was super breezy and cloudy so we decided to explore downtown.  It’s a great place if you’re looking for a name brand item.  They have tons of shopping.

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We headed to St. Thomas next.  It’s always been one of my favorites.  You’ve got mountains + beaches on the same island.  It’s soooooo beautiful.  Again, it was cloudy, but the weather was warming up.  We ventured in a taxi to Coki Beach.  Our driver was Gwyneth, a total hoot!  Her driving skills were intense; gripping to the rails for our lives one minute and laughing hysterically the next.  It was like a roller coaster ride with no extra charge.  The beach was gorgeous.  On the way back she showed us beautiful views of the island.  We tried fresh coconut {taste like a pecan if ya wanna know}.

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Our last stop was St. Maarten.  This is probably my favorite island yet.  It’s stunning views + crystal blue waters + colorful buildings are lovely.  The sun finally came out and we had perfect island weather all day.  We took the water taxi to the far beach where it was less busy.  We all swam and soaked the sun up {maybe a little too much}.  I got a fresh aloe back massage on the beach {take me back}.  We walked through the shops on the way back to the ship.  There was a stand selling fresh-made ice cream rolls, ever heard of those?!  SO GOOD.  He made the ice cream out of the milk and fruit of your choice.  If you go, get coconut milk with pineapple, bananas, and local honey on top.  Perfect snack if you’ve been on the beach all day.

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We made the most of our last two days cruising the sea.  We relaxed, played trivia, ate a lot, danced, Erik and my dad played in the Ping Pong Tournament, we watched the Belly Flop Contest, ate more food, shopped, watched a parade, and ate again.

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It was so nice to have my family and Erik’s parents together on a big trip.  We’ve never gotten to do that before and it was my favorite part of this vacation.  I enjoyed turning my phone off and spending quality time with everyone.  This trip definitely reminded me to do that more often.  Also, travel as much as you can + make memories everywhere you go, and if they have frozen yogurt, always eat two cones {Y.O.L.O.}.

Seeking Adventure,

Fallon

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Adventures of 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect on how much fun we had this year!  So many trips, adventures, meeting new people, put our home up for sale, got a new puppy, somehow got my husband on a cruise ship, celebrated a year of blogging, kissed a dolphin, and made so many memories!  I’m reminded of how thankful I am of family, friends, and all the good, little things that surround me.  I am so grateful for another year to enjoy life and make the most of the moments we’re given.

I love hearing everyone’s resolutions and plans for 2017!  We’ll be bringing in the New Year casually with a frog-more stew and family time!  I don’t have any big resolutions this year, but I’ve set some goals for myself!  I want to be healthier, happier, and Southern Detour to continue growing in the direction God has planned!  A big thank you to everyone who encouraged, supported, and loved me through 2016!  Couldn’t have done it without ya!  I pray blessings for you and your family in 2017!  Make every day count, friend.

Love,

Fallon

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Merry CHRISTmas!

This time of year is so joyful, hopeful, exciting, and humbling.  It is definitely my favorite season.  There are so many wonderful memories etched into my mind + heart of Christmas time.  I always look forward to making more memories every year with family and friends.  I love reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas.  Sometimes we rush the meaning of the most important day of history with all the hustle, bustle, gifts, parties, cooking, and planning.  I really love spending time dwelling on that first Christmas night.

It is so humbling to me that God would send His Son to be born in human flesh among a world full of sinners so we could one day be saved by His grace.  Gives me chills, folks.

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'”  Luke 2: 8-14, ESV

Isn’t it such a beautiful, yet simple story?  It always, always brings tears to my eyes.  Can you imagine the fear the shepherds felt?  Can you picture Jesus being born in a little stable and laid in a manger?  The emotions of Mary and Joseph entering the world of parenthood?  Sometimes I imagine what it must have felt like to be present that night.  What a precious sight that must have been.  How amazing that God cares enough about a wretched sinner like me, that he would send His Son so I can one day have eternal life with Him in heaven.  I don’t know about you, friend, but if that doesn’t squeeze your heart, I’m not sure what would.

Christmas is a celebration of that wonderful night.  A reminder that someone will always love you, be there for you, care for you, listen to you, and has experienced every emotion you have.  It’s also a reminder that one day we won’t feel any hurt, sadness, pain, depression, anxiety, fear, bitterness, emptiness, and sorrow.  There’s everlasting life because God fulfilled His promise.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17

We’re all just walking each other home, friends.  Even in the dark days, we have hope and light.  Even in the valleys, we will one day be on the mountain tops.  God is with us every step of everyday.  If you ever feel alone or your faith feels small, just read the beautiful story of Christmas + the good news of life.

My family prays for peace, comfort, joy and happiness for your family this Christmas.  There are blessings all around us.  The biggest blessing we can ever receive is opening the door and letting Jesus into our hearts.  That my friend is a forever blessing.  Merry Christmas!

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Love,

Fallon and my little family

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