Pony Up!

Get on back on your horse! That is a lot easier said than done. Anyone that has ever fallen off a horse or been buck off (like me! just kidding I probably fell) knows how difficult that is to do.

I don’t have a specific horse per se but I have one I usually ride “Sugar” because she is old and slow like me! Don’t get me wrong she has some spirit in her and can do the work but she like to be leisure. She is a good horse but she has her moments and quirks like any horse or person I guess. For example, do not tie her to anything because she will break loose. If you just drape the reins over a pole without tying she will not move. I can relate to that {don’t tell me I can’t go somewhere but I am usually content to just stay where I am}.

Well, about a month or so ago I got “bucked off” for the first time. We were going up a embankment and she was trying to run to catch up with another horse and I was pulling her back and she hopped and took off and I lost my balance and fell. I lived– barely! I got back on her right then and rode home without any problems but since then I have been hesitant to ride her. I have been riding another horse because now I trust him more — well in the round pen I trust him. I like riding her and miss it but just could not pull the trigger to ride her out on the ranch.

But, yesterday Farnash Creek Ranch expanded by nearly 1000 additional acres and I was dying to ride the new extension of property. Land just looks different from the back of a horse- ya know! So, I debated all night about which horse I would ride. Rodie who rides like a dream but is quick and touching to an inexperienced rider, Cody who rides good but is young and unpredictable, Cisco who is young, big and fast (just kidding I was never considering him) or try my luck on Sugar again. Before bed I decided it would be Rodie but this morning I woke up and decided I needed to try my luck again with Sugar!

I woke up later than expected so the heat had already set in at 8:30 am. We saddled the horses and a few morning snacks and water.DSCN7145

My husband was encouraging and had more faith in me than I did. He rode her briefly in the round pen to warm her up. Then we were off to explore the new place. We are able to enter the property from the back of the existing ranch property so the horses were comfortable and calm out to the back gate. She was walking slow and leisurely trying to get off the trail but following commands well. Then we hit the new property and she was like a new horse. Her ears were pointed forward looking for everything and anything. She had more pep in her step not quite a trot but a fast walking. She was energized and happy. I was still a little nervous but was enjoying her enthusiasm. My husband calmly talked me through her mannerisms and helped calm us both.  We both enjoyed the new property, thoroughly! She had good tall grass and big ponds to drink from and I had beautiful views and cool breezes. It was amazing!

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However, on the way back to the barn she was trying to get a little barn sour. She tried to take off on me a couple of times.  My heart was beating fast and I was tense. I was trying so hard to be relaxed! I keep trying to tell myself all the things to do. Be calm, pull to your hip not your head, don’t squeeze with your legs, don’t lean forward, etc. But nothing was working. My husband was in the front and I was trying to not let him see me look like an idiot. LOL.

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Finally, I just stopped and turned her around and made her stand still. I tried to show her who was boss. I’m not sure she bought it but she did walk slowly back to the barn and I felt better about riding her!

When we got back to the barn I did tie her to the trailer which she broke loose from! Ugh. Then she just stood there not tied while I washed her off! Women! I felt more confident about the ride and look forward to moving past the fall. I believe in life we have to face things head on even when we don’t want to and the same is true about getting back on your horse. Don’t miss out on something amazing because of the fear of falling.

-Chas

Farnash Creek Ranch

Well, Farnash Creek Ranch just got a blog! Yay! We are so excited to share our story with everyone! FCR is a cattle ranch in Hamilton, TX. We are on a journey to build our ranch and share our daily life with everyone who wants to know! I guess this first post should be the introductions. First, we have our Popi. He is basically the “boss man.” Popi does everything and you’ll rarely find him sitting down on a break. He is our handyman, chicken killer, fence builder, porch builder, and professional Ranch Rambler maker. Popi is married to Gramita. Gramita is our planner, do-er, idea-Woman, organizer,and our wine connoisseur. Next, we have Baby Seydi. She is Popi and Gramita’s very first grand baby. She is our cat chaser, dirt eater, morning cuddle-er,and (when she doesn’t have a nap) our hair pulling, screaming, scratcher and pincher. Lastly there is me! I guess I’m the normal one…. Just kidding! I am the self-appointed Ranch Manager of the family. I am Seydi’s mom and Popi and Gramita’s daughter. I basically try to talk them out of most of the more strenuous chores that we have, (but they always win!)

Let’s not forget the animals! Chip (Chocolate Chip) is our oldest puppy dog. He is a chocolate lab. Bindi is a Australian shepherd mix that was found. She makes sure all the cows get barked at on a regular basis. Last, but not least is Clause, he is a springer spaniel/ blue lacy (state dog of Texas!) mix. He is our newest addition. Born on Christmas and is a cow-barker in training. Cat-Man-Do is our kitten. He’s pretty chill and spends most days running from Baby Seydi. Next up are the chickens. Three hens, two roosters, and 1 guinea. The hens and guinea all lay eggs! We get around 4 a day! The roosters are getting ready to be processed! Sugar, Crowe, Rodie, and Cody are our horses and they ALL have big personalities. Lastly, we have the cattle. Big Chief is our bull (all the ladies love him), 4 steers, 28 heifers, and 12 calves. Oh! AND TINA! She is our “Corse,” her mother was impregnated too early and Tina was born very small and short. Its been a year and she still looks ‘calf-like.’ So, we let her stay in the pasture with the horses!

Well, this is us! We aren’t perfect and we are still learning! Hoping to grow and expand one day, but for now we are taking it one day at a time and enjoying our simple, fun, happy life! I hope everyone enjoys us!

Now that the intros are over next will be more “farm-ranch” related. I’ll keep everyone updated on our projects, plans, gardens, and just funny stories to we accumulated throughout the week! See ya’ll next time and remember to always be open to change and keep moving forward! Check us out on Instagram! @farnash_creek_ranch

-A

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