Welcoming Beauty

Welcoming Beauty

Another post for my AOH photography class. I wanted to use my blog to document some small portions of my journal as well as my photos. Today’s topic was “Welcoming Beauty as a Daily Practice.” One thing this course has taught me is that I don’t expect beauty in my everyday when in actuality, it’s always around me. My circumstances do not have to be ideal but can still behold wonder.

Horses have always been my safe haven, my escape. Something among my everyday. I think I was riding one as soon as I learned to walk. They are just a part of me. I grew up rodeoing and still enjoy my days on the back of one. They’ve always brought me a profound peace and sense of freedom I can’t describe-there’s nothing else in this world that can do that for me like a horse can. On hard days, I would run to the barn, open my horses stall door and bury my tears into his mane-throw the saddle on and disappear from what was going on for a few hours.  

When I became a mother, I set my passions aside. I didn’t fully quit, but felt the need to give it up because it was the responsible thing to do. I realize, I let go a piece of me too and that’s been a big realization for me as I’ve felt so lost these last few months. It’s ok to do things for yourself. It’s imperative we keep that joy.

I love this picture of a couple of ours in the pasture that I took. I love how the light highlights their mane and tails. I love how beautiful they are. How kind they are. How free they are. That’s how I want to live.

Wild Gold + Weekend Things

Wild Gold + Weekend Things

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! When it feels like 106 outside, there’s not much else you can do but play in the water and hose off horses.

All five of our boys got trimmed and new shoes as well as a much needed bath on Saturday.

I shared on Instagram about a wonderful Camelina oil I use for the horses and dogs called Wild Gold.

“Why Camelina? Besides being essential to your horse’s diet, the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in Wild Gold Original Camelina Oil have been shown to positively impact cell membrane response to trauma and infection. Recent research in horses has even shown that fatty acids may have the potential to help regulate insulin sensitivity. Wild Gold also contains naturally occurring Vitamin E that not only prevents rancidity of the product but also provides your horse with a potent anti-inflammatory in a form that can be easily digested.”

This is great for:

  • joint mobility
  • skin health
  • stamina/endurance
  • normal inflammatory response

You can check out my Wild Gold Highlight on Instagram with more information, how I use it in their feed, as well as before photos and videos. I will follow back up in about 6-8 weeks to share results!

I’m now an affiliate and would it if you would use this link if you decide you’d like to try it!

We had a pretty slow weekend other than that. Zack worked in the hayfield all day Saturday and at the station Sunday. Yesterday the girls and I continued to work on our house, purging closets, and trying to organize some neglected spaces that I’ll share soon. I had to share this cute picture of Scout I took last night after we went to feed horses. She’s been picking out her outfits lately and getting dressed on her own and I have to say, I hope she loves overalls forever.

The dogs are getting a much needed grooming today and I’m sharing some of our favorite Aussie things tomorrow on the blog. Stay tuned! Have a great Monday!

First Belts + Passing Down Heirlooms

First Belts + Passing Down Heirlooms

I gave Paisley a buckle I won on “the horse” that I loved with my whole heart and still miss to this day. He changed my life and I’ll never have another like Pete. We were born 10 days apart and I lost him when I was 16. If anyone is into horse genealogy/pedigrees, he was born and raised at Oklahoma State University and was a product of Sonny Slider. He was branded with the OSU logo and had the longest/smoothest gait. At times it seemed we were barely moving but he was a rocket and covered a lot of ground. I did it all on him. Roped, barrels, goat tie. We traveled everywhere to high-school rodeos and roping pens. But our favorite was bareback trail rides. I trusted him with my life and he trusted me with his. I never feared a thing when I rode him and he was my sweet escape.

I lost him to a brain tumor and the amazing surgeon that week who worked on him at OSU Vet Med did all he could to save him. He even cried when it was over. Pete was able to donate his organs and save other horses and that warmed my heart at giving others a chance. We were also told that his heart was larger than most “normal” horses but I already knew that. ♥️ A week later I was gifted a box in the mail from the vet school with his tail, braided with his name in charms in orange and black and I lost it.

He was my best friend and I believe God will have him waiting for me at a hitching post to mount up when I get to Heaven. It’s been almost 14 years and what I would give to have one last ride, shared cup of ice, or hug.

The girls’ first belts are super special and I wanted to give SM Custom Leather another shout-out on the girls new belts and my pretty picture frame too.

Shop small – you get what you pay for and she nailed everything I asked for. This being their first custom belt and adding this buckle made it all the more special. Excited for a few Christmas gifts I’m ordering.

Horse Camp

Horse Camp

The girls wrapped up horse camp today and had so much fun! Here are a few pictures that I borrowed from someone else. I love that they get to experience these things. They were able to do wagon rides and drive the mules!

They did crafts, went on trail rides, learned about horse anatomy, tack, and the girls got more comfortable with riding bareback.

I wish every kid has this opportunity. So glad they were able to spend a few days with friends doing what they love.

Long live summer.

The Barn Project

The Barn Project

We spent the weekend helping my parents fix up the old barn at the cattle lots on the ranch. This beauty is old but I love the character and the stories it could tell. The horse stalls at the other barn just aren’t functional and quite a ways from where the arena will be. This area provides a lot more cover and will be handy to have everything in one spot.

The north side is now opened up and three stalls were built, each with a run for the horses to get some sun and graze.

Does anyone remember my old mason jar lights that hung in my store on main? Each stall will have a fixture. They are all LED and I might have changed two bulbs the entire 6 years they hung in my store. The pitch is super high so we won’t have an issue with a horse touching them and they will give the stalls some fun character. I plan to stain all of the wood to give it a more rustic feel.

We still have to run electric, level the ground, hang fans in the stalls, set up a hitching post + cross tie area, repair some damage and beams, pour concrete in the back space where we will store square hay, and a few other things but I love how it’s coming together. We will probably enclose more of it in the fall and prepare it for winter but for now, it’s perfect.

I’m going to add some fun touches like horse shoe hooks at each door for their halters, our brand on the front of the barn, and maybe some speakers for music. I can’t wait to spend hours down here!

Zack and Scout started disking up the arena – we still have to finish that up but shouldn’t take us too much longer.

Mulberry was eating treats from Paisley’s hand this weekend too. She’s pretty sweet and a great mama.

More barn updates coming soon! I can’t wait to see the lights installed.