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thesdcowgirl

I love every line on my face. Every. Single. One. Every thought line. Every furrowed brow line. Every scar. Every laugh line. Every sun-kissed inch. Do you know why? . . It means I've lived. They mean I've learned. They mean I've struggled. They mean I've been blessed. They mean I've gained wisdom from this big ol' world and the choices I've made. . . . I don't see the need to hide these lines. And I won't judge you if you want to hide yours. . . . How do you feel about these lines of which I speak? . . . PC: @mkloeschen #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #westernphotography #westernphoto #westernart #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #cowgirl #cowgirlgrace #hackamorehorse #cowgirls #westernart #dxjurassicclassic

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When we stretch our creativity it doesn’t always turn out like we envision. There was a time when that would have completely discouraged me. And I would’ve just given up trying. But what I am learning as I get older, is that it just means I need to try harder, and practice more. This image is a great example. I had a vision for what I wanted, and I fell a little short of the mark. I know I told you guys yesterday in my live, that I wasn’t going to show you what I shot yesterday, but because I didn’t execute this the way I saw it in my head I figured it was a good learning experience for us all. Keep trying, keep your chin up, keep practicing — because practice makes perfect. . . . In other news Dino was, as usual, the BEST model for me and was properly rewarded with lots of cow cake! Do you believe that practice makes perfect?! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #westernphotography #westernphoto #westernart #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hoarfrost #hifromsd #practicemakesperfect #workingranchhorse #workingranchimages #workingranchhorse #ranchhorse

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Our choice of feed for our horses that need a little extra help is @triplecrownfeed. Ask us what makes it our preferred feed company. We always love talking about #horsenutrition! What’s in your feed? #triplecrownfeed #triplecrowninsider #horsefeed #healthyasahorse #thedxranch #ranching #ranchlife

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thesdcowgirl

Find the beauty through the fog of a gray day. The haze of rain clouds. Through the storm. Through the frost. In spite of the cold. Always look for the good. It’s not often easy, but it is worth it. Do you look for the good? Can you see life’s beauty through the storm? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #westernphotography #westernphoto #westernart #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #shotoniphone #frost #hoarfrost #hifromsd #southdakota #winter

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thesdcowgirl

Two dreamy dudes in one photo - my cowboy and Dino. What’s not to love? I Between Zach and Dino I’m surrounded by my soul mates. Do you have a soul mate either a person or animal? Someone that just gets you and lets you do you? Is it not the best feeling in the world? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #winter #workingranchmagazine #hifromsd #southdakota #cowboy #mycowboy #dxjurassicclassic #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #westernphotography #westernphoto #westernart #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines

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Growing up, my mother made sure I had a healthy dose of “doing lots of things”. . It wasn’t that she didn’t want to nurture my *favorite* things, it was more that she was determined to raise a well-rounded individual. . I took voice and piano lessons, art classes, gymnastics and dance. I gave up most of it for my horses when I got to high school. I don't regret that one bit.  Occasionally, I still hammer at the ivories, and of course, I’ve taken up playing the guitar. I'm known to draw or sketch something from time to time, but right now, my chosen, preferred art mediums, are horsemanship and photography. . The two overlap in so many ways. Ways I hadn't even considered until I threw a leg over my mare Cosmo this week. As we covered the snow-frosted country, I started thinking about how photography and horsemanship might overlap. . And you know what conclusion I reached? It comes down to three things. . The same three things make both a great horseman, and a great photographer: . Feel . Timing . Balance . And you gain expertise with those three things by doing these three things: "Observe(ing), Remember(ing), Compare(ing) "-- as said by the Great Alexander Bell. . All those things my mother had me doing when I was a kid, helped me develop feel, timing and balance though I didn’t know it at the time. . . . A good musician has those traits with their instrument. A painter also has them -- they balance the canvas by what they put on it and where; feel their way through the brush strokes, timing them with staccato or by letting them linger, to create different effects. A good communicator also has these traits -- they know when to speak, when to listen, and when to take action. . . I'm fairly certain that all of life's secrets can be overcome by becoming a master at Feel, Timing and Balance. I'll continue to let the horse and the camera train me. . . . What will you use to train you? . What observations have you made lately?

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Hello, beautiful girl, Cosmo, and the awesome people of the 'gram! ... Today I thought I'd share a little bit about how our horses live all Winter. Many of you know they all live outside -- with the exception of our two old studs, and sometimes Avie (just because he's my special Diva) -- and those three only get to come in if the weather is going to be *really* bad. ... Equine Winter coats grow in based on the amount of daylight the horse gets -- so as the days get shorter the horse grows more hair. ... Did you know that a horse can loft their coat, up or down as needed to stay warm? That is, assuming we let them grow a full winter coat! Horses that live in the North, with even shorter days, tend to produce more melatonin, which allows for the coat to grown in longer and thicker than a horse that's kept in a warmer, Winter environment such as say, Texas. Lofting is essentially the individual hairs in the Winter coat "springing" up as it gets colder. This creates air pockets that provide extra insulation! Basically it keeps the horse’s natural body heat from escaping. It's the same for us when we wear a winter jacket. It's not the jacket itself that adds the warmth to us -- it's how much body heat the jacket keeps from escaping that keeps us warm! ... If the horse gets rained or snowed on, that can diminish their "lofting" capability. But when you see horses with snow on their back -- that snow actually acts as an insulator and helps them stay warm too! ... So, next time you see a horse standing in the snow eating hay, don't worry, he's likely not cold and is probably enjoying his time outside. ... Do you blanket your horses in the Winter? Did you learn anything from this tip? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #horsekeeping101 #winterweather #ranchlife #ag #lifebetweentheears #instahorses_post #westernphotography #westernphoto #horsetips101 #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #hifromsd #dxandthecity

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I burnt some midnight oil last night -- thinking about all the wonderful suggestions y'all made for content I share with you -- and there's a few hours left to comment in my story -- so if you've not done so and want to be heard, check it out. . . . My brain was on over-drive, trying to plan how to best share my photography experiences, my 3 decades of horse ownership experience and the lessons I've learned on the rodeo road. . . . Start looking for a weekly segment on horsemanship/horse training/horse nutrition, and a weekly post on what inspires me! . . . Again, thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart for taking time out of your day to encourage me and share with me what you want to see me talk about. <3 . . . #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #westernphotography #westernphoto #westernart #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hoarfrost #frostyhorse #hifromsd #southdakotagram

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It’s windy as all get-out today, so I’m going to use that as an excuse to stay inside and put all the Christmas decorations to bed for the next 11 months. . . . I may be brave enough to open a barn door today and ride, but it’ll be later this afternoon when the wind dies down. In the meantime there’s plenty of cleaning up to be done. . . . How are you spending your Tuesday? And isn’t Dally dog the cutest little cow-dog? . . . #thedxranch #ranching #hifromsd #southdakota #winter #hoarfrost #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #cowdog #westernphotography #westernphoto #westernart #ranchdog #canon5dmkiii #blueheeler #rundogrun

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I finally got to throw a leg over a horse today. It was my first ride of 2019! And since Cosmo is one of the only horses here that doesn’t have ringworm, she got tagged. Y’all know I hated that! Haha! . . . I logged a few important dates in my planner, wrote down some goals for this year, and started working on some things I’ve wanted to execute for a while but haven’t been brave enough to take the leap to do. However, sometimes you have to jump to see if you can fly, so that’s what I’m doing! . . . The photography gallery for @artofthecowgirl is coming together and I’m so honored to be part of that event. . . . Basically, I kicked this Monday in the tail. . . . Almost all the snow has melted but I’m holding tight to these images from last week. I’m not sorry to keep flooding my feed with frosted horses and I hope you’re not sorry to see them. . . . How was your Monday? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #westernphotography #westernphoto #westernart #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hoarfrost #winter #hifromsd #southdakota

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“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you”. – Les Brown . . . This is one of the lessons I learned In 2018. What lessons(s) did you learn?! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #westernphotography #westernphoto #westernart #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hoarfrost #hifromsd #winter #sdc_negativespace

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The older I get the less I care about the rat race. The things that matter in this life aren’t material, they’re the intangibles. I’m surrounded by kick ass people, rich in love and have everything I could ever need. Do you feel the same way? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #westernphotography #westernphoto #westernart #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #winter #snow #hifromsd

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Dino the dreamboat... let’s just pretend that I didn’t have to photoshop out the lovely bout of ringworm he’s got — right smack in the middle of his face where the Hackamore sits. I’ll have to ride him in mind for a few more days! What’s on tap for your Thursday? Mine includes working on a project for @artofthecowgirl and doing chores of course! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #westernphotography #westernphoto #westernart #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hoarfrost #hifromsd #winter #southdakota

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I spent the first day of 2019 in my office. I did a little organizing, began work on a project for @artofthecowgirl and put a few important dates in my planner. It was not a warm day yesterday and I was grateful to have something I could do inside. I’m so excited about what 2019 has to offer! I’m going to make the most of every opportunity and create some of my own! What plans do you have for 2019? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #cowboy_features #hoarfrost #winter #southdakota #hifromsd

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thesdcowgirl

Surround yourself with people who add the “er” to your happy. . . . My Mr and I always say, we are the “Er” in our happy”er”. He’s my biggest cheerleader and I’m his. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. . . . Together we are better, stronger. He’s gone for work better than half the year — I don’t hold it against him. The world needs him. . . . We give each other the freedom to be the best individual we can be. That means he’s sometimes home when I’m gone rodeoing. Often we are like ships passing in the night. . . . Are you the “er” in someone’s happier? . #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #snow #winter #hoarfrost #hifromsd #happytribe

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Frosted horses’s manes... not going to lie, my favorite of all favorites are horses in the snow, with hoar frost painting their manes, tails and whiskers. Running through the pasture to capture these moments when it’s barely above zero are worth it to me. And my new @arenushealth socks and fingerless gloves make a huge difference in my ability to stay warm. I’ve been missing them my whole life. Not anymore. I’ve said goodbye to cold feet and hands! Ask me how to get some for your cold weather and how to get a discount! @arenushealth #EquineHealth #EquineNutrition #arenusanimalhealth #teamarenus #benefabbysorenomore #sorenomore #PerformanceHorse #HealthyAsAHorse #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #hifromsd #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #hoarfrost #winter #snow #frostcoveredhorses

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I missed this boy of mine so much while I was gone. I never mind doing chores where it comes to Avie (or the rest of the ponies for that matter). Do you enjoy doing chores or would you prefer to have no chores? #winter #snow #hifromsd #ranchchores #fearthebigyellowhorse #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #shotoniphone

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It’s snowing/blizzarding at home. We are currently sitting on an airplane in Minnesota. It was 70 degrees yesterday in Texas on Christmas Day. It was beautiful. It will be beautiful to be home too — even though we thoroughly enjoyed our time with family. It’s a good thing I packed warm clothes. We will be driving home from MN today and tomorrow. Sorry for the rambling post. #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #snow #lifebetweentheears #dxjurassicclassic

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I saw this quote today: “live every minute with love in your heart, grace in your step and gratitude in your heart.” . I don’t know who said it, but I’m glad I read it. I’m so grateful for my life! Have you heard/read that quote before? Do you have a motto for your life? #workingranchimages #hifromsd #sunset #gratitude #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #sunflare #ig_ruralamerica

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It’s going to be warm for Christmas. . But only because we are in Texas for a few days. . We are visiting my family for Christmas. . This is the first time The cowboy and I have been with my family for Christmas in a few years. . Will you be traveling for the holidays? Are you excited about seeing loved ones? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #christmas #winter #hifromsd

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There’s something about the sky, when it shows off, with all its fancy clouds of various colors, that really makes me happy. Is there any sort of weather pattern or specific type of day that makes your heart sing? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hifromsd #southdakotaskies #fall #clouds #bayroan #shotoniphone #ig_countryside #trb_rural

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"Fast Enough to Catch That Calf" Part Two ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...This was the beginning of Ducheneaux Quarter Horses, and in the early 1960’s the Dad partnered with Uncle Ed Ducheneaux on a handful of mares and a gangly 2 year old stud named Sniper Buck; he would eventually become the cornerstone of the breeding program. The colts by “Buck” had it all; disposition, ability, and tons of eye appeal; he was the only stud on the place until the 1970’s when an old Texas stud found his way to our place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dandy Fly was a big, sorrel babysitter, who could perform in the arena regardless of who was riding him. My brother fondly recalls his first ride “outside” which was on Dandy, through his mare bunch, to move cows. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the 80’s we had several successful outcrosses, beginning with a red roan Jet Deck Grandson named Dandy Bar Jet who had a pedigree that read like a who’s who in the Quarter Horse industry. A towering 14.3, Roany produced bigger than his stature, and you’ll still see a lot of white hairs in the flanks and tail-heads of our horses today, Roany’s signature. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Breezing Smooth (Breezy) came next, and he brought with him show ring performance, and AAA speed, along with the all important disposition and trainability. He came to us from Bob McCutcheon’s cutting program - we used him for 8 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hulk, formally known as WDX Babysbreeze was by Breezy and out of Tye Rye Baby, one of the old mares from the original band. My Dad’s pet, he proved that the Ol’ Man knows how to pick 'em, as you will see that most of the mares will trace back to Hulk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You’ll also see Coconino Sioux, a Roany son, on the pedigrees of some of the horses. Born and bred here, sold to a cousin, we were fortunate enough to be able to use him for a few years and get some pretty heads and color from the cross. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our family has done such a great job putting this thing together, that our only job now, is to “not screw it up” and we take it seriously.

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Who has finished their Christmas shopping? I’m going to “wrap” mine up today!!!! Will you be home for Christmas, or are you traveling? I feel like it snuck up on me this year. Does anyone else feel like that? #banjothewildstallion #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hoarfrost #christmas #hifromsd #trb_rural

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Part one... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Fast Enough to Catch that Calf" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are proud to be riding horses that are the result of the breeding program of the Old Man (Wayne Ducheneaux; Dad, Poppy, Neighbor and Friend to many) and a vision he had in his youth. Growing up, horses were still the primary source of horsepower for all things that happened on the ranch. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Putting up hay, feeding cows, building dams, any farming that had to be done, even the occasional trip to town all occurred while looking at the ample rear end of a draft type horse. Because of the nature of these tasks, things such as performance, disposition, and versatility were sacrificed for other, more important characteristics. He loved to tell a story about his father’s excitement upon returning home after selecting one such steed; he said, while holding his hands up and apart about the size of a dinner plate….”He’s a good SOB too, must have a foot on him THIS BIG!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now you can imagine that a practical man like that is not likely to have a couple separate herds of horses around, one for the heavy work and another for the cowboyin’. What he did have was a herd of fearless and indestructible kids, and a bunch of yearling and two year old draft horses. It was one day while doctoring calves on one of these lumbering beasts that Wayne had his epiphany. You see, the method for doctoring calves on this type of horse pretty much amounted to chasing the calf until he was sufficiently tired that the draft horse colt could get you in position for a throw of your rope…he decided right then and there…”someday, I’m going to have horses fast enough to catch that calf”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The method for “breaking” horses in those days also contributed to Wayne’s vision, because it basically amounted to going to war. He knew there had to be a better way, and having a horse that was friendly and willing would be part and parcel of that...photo by @cdphotog ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Part two, tomorrow... #thedxranch #horsetraining #ranching #ranchlife #naturalhorsemanship #workingranchcowboy

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I am so enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures we are experiencing right now. It could look like this outside. Even though this makes a pretty photograph, I’ll take a 45 degree day on the 17th of December anytime. I’ll enjoy these days of sweatshirt weather while I can! Are you going to have a white Christmas? We won’t be. And I don’t even care! #whitechristmas #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hoarfrost #banjothewildstallion

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Can we just take a moment to throw it back to 2016 and this gorgeous photo of the dreamy, Dino? I mean is handsome or what? Raise your hand if you agree!!!! Do you have a handsome/pretty horse you’d like me to show off in my story? Send me a Dm and give me the deets on your steed! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #clouds #southdakota #hifromsd #hackamorehorse #cowgirlhorse #teamcanon

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thesdcowgirl

Does anyone else find it terribly hard to get out of bed these days? I mean, it's really dark outside at 5:30am and the bed is so nice and warm. Maui is snuggled in and purring, Copper is by my side on the floor (but only because I'm certain he's terrified Maui the cat is getting more pets than him), and it's so quiet. I wish my clock would let me sleep until the sun comes up, but alas, that's not how it works. At least not for me. I've been so tired the past two nights that I've been in bed right after the @lasvegasnfr started on TV. It must be because Winter is coming! Did you like my Game of Thrones reference there? Okay. I've rambled on enough about my inability to get out of bed in the morning. Here's hoping everyone has a great Friday! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #Dxjurassicclassic #canonphotography #fallinsouthdakota #hifromsd #southdakota #ranching

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thedxranch

Let’s raise a glass to the horses that made us, the horses that broke us, the horses that make our day better. We couldn’t be any prouder of these saddle horses if we tried. These guys make Ranch work, dreamy. #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #ranchhorses #workingranchmagazine #hifromsd #saddlehorseherd #NationalDayOfTheHorse

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thesdcowgirl

“A canter is a cure for every evil.”— Benjamin Disraeli . On this #NationalDayOfTheHorse I want to honor the horses in my herd. From Oldest to youngest -- 1. Streakin Iron (Nora) w/DX Nukelear Iron Man (Tony 3yo). This mare is the nicest horse in my herd. She's the mama to Tony & Hawk. Tony is pictured with her. She'll be 19 in January. I wish she'd live forever. You can let her sit for years, catch her, and she'll ride off with a kid astride her and you know she's going to take great care of them. 2. No Average Joe 022 (Avie '03). I'm fairly certain I'd be lost without him. He's honest and consistent. His soul has a fire in it like nothing I've ever owned. He's the strongest, hardest running, hardest turning horse I've ever sat on, and I've had a few. 3. Dx Jurassic Classic (Dino). Dino is a 2008 model chestnut gelding and he's my favorite go to horse for the ranch. You can rope a yearling, chase a bull, take him to a barrel race -- or grab him for a quick bareback jaunt & he's going to be his honest comfortable self. He's my real-life rocking horse. 4. Ibaflitnbird (Dolce) w/ DX Generalissimo (Issy 3yo). Dolce died this summer at age 10, but left me Issy & Belle. She was the first horse I ever bred. I was roping live cattle on her w/10 rides. 5. Dolce w/DX Dolce Belissima (Belle). I am enamored with this friendly, well-put-together orphan filly. 6. DX Nukethis Bombshel (Bombshell) w/DX EZYBRZY PNK MARTINI (Prism). She is a 7yo mare that I raised; out of Fleefoots Dakota Sun (Shuttle -deceased '15). She's quiet & kind & well, you know how I feel about Prism! 7. DX Nukeulele (Nukeulele). Zach gave me this mare after Dolce died. I've always loved her and I can't wait for her 2019 foal to be born! 8. DX And The City (Cosmo 4yo). Cosmo is a half sister to Bombshell. I have the highest of hopes she'll be my next rodeo horse. She has the same fire as her mama. And her mama was a bad ass. 9. Hawk. I need not say more. He's Instagram Famous and super kissable!

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themnfarmgirl

➰I was persuaded now that I was destined to lead a life on the Plains ~ Buffalo Bill➰ • • • Missing the warm fall days with sunshine, fall breeze, a good horse and hills as far as the eye could see.🐴🐮☀️ #horsesofinstagram #equinephotography #iphone8plusphotography #iphone8plus #SoDak #SouthDakota #Fall #Western #WesternWednesday #RanchLife #Cattle #RanchWork #TheDXRanch #MissingIt #Throwback

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thesdcowgirl

Surround yourself with folks who will cheer you on when you decide to run a marathon. Who will cheer you on when you decide you want to go to the pro rodeos and you have yet to even win a barrel race, or folks who will cheer you on when you decide to quit your safe, 9-5 job so you can chase your dreams. . . . Go, chase your dreams, no matter how crazy they may be. Dreams don’t come true with no action. And they won’t come true if you don’t have a crew willing to push you when you want to quit and encourage you when you’re down. . . . Let’s raise a glass 🥃 and make a toast 🥂 to the crew! And if you don’t have a crew, give me a shout. I’m your huckleberry. 😘 #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #blackandwhite #runninghorses #horsesrunning #hifromsd #workingranchimages #workingranchmagazine #bnwphotography #blackandwhite #bnw_addicted

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thedxranch

Visit to our mare herd are one of the favorites for the crew and visitors alike. If you want to immerse yourself in friendly horses, visiting our mares will fix you right up! #thedxranch #ranchlife #ranching #ranchhorses #broodmares #aqha #aqhaproud #prettymares #shotoniphone #hifromsd #southdakota

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thesdcowgirl

I’m so grateful for this man right here. . . . He is the most selfless person I know. Daily, he leaves our paradise for a job in town. Right now that town is Vegas. But sometimes it’s DC, or Alaska, or New Mexico, or MN. He’s all over. I’ve given up even trying to keep track. He travels a lot! We try to cherish all the time we do get to spend together, when we are together. . . . He makes my world a better place and he drives me to be a better person. . . . Comment below with a Shout-out to your friends/partner/better-half who make the world better; those who give tirelessly of themselves, those for whom you are eternally grateful to have in your life! #hifromsd #workingranchimages #workingranchmagazine #bayroan #roanhorse #betterhalf #cowboy #americancowboy #mycowboy #southdakota #thedxranch #ranchlife #ranching #lovemesomehim #iamsolucky #begrateful #shotoniphonex

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thesdcowgirl

Dreams don’t come true out of luck. They require hard work, perseverance, a can-do-attitude and action. I’m taking action to make mine come true. What about you? #cowgirlshit #hifromsd #workingranchimages #workingranchmagazine #lifebetweentheears #dxandthecity #ranchlife #thedxranch #dreamscancometrue #happygirl #happyhorse #betweentwoears #throughtheirears

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thesdcowgirl

"It's the desire that's in them to just be with us. They could buck us off and run off with us everyday, but instead they want to go to work. That's pretty special. There aren't many other animals that do that". -- Nick Dowers . . . Dino is a special horse. He's taken care of me when I couldn't take care of myself. And he's going to continue to do so. When I throw a leg over him, I know I'm going to have a good day. I know I'm going to have a good ride. And I'm sure grateful I was chosen to call him mine. Do you have a heart horse like that? One that you know you can "go-to" and get the job done? One that will take care of you when you're having a bad day? One that will make your bad day better? Photo by @diehardcowboy @arenushealth #EquineHealth #EquineNutrition #arenusanimalhealth #teamarenus #benefabbysorenomore #sorenomore #PerformanceHorse #HealthyAsAHorse #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #sunset #silhouette

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thedxranch

We preg tested our cow herd this week and couldn’t have picked a nicer day to do it! It was a great day. We watched the sun rise with coffee in our hand and watched the sun set from the back of our horses. #thedxranch #ranchlife #video #horsesofinsta #workingranchmagazine #workingranch #cowboy #hifromsd #southdakota #ranching #ranchy

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thesdcowgirl

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bbwesternphotog

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thesdcowgirl

I watched the sun rise with coffee in my hand, and watched the sun set from the back of my favorite ranch horse, Dino. . . . These days, my friends, are the best. The cows tested good, we had fun and the weather was pretty decent. We’ve pregnancy tested in snow before so sunshine was nice! . . . I think all I’ve had to drink today is coffee, tea, beer and now wine. My water consumption is way off, but dang it, it’s worth it on days like this. . . . Celebrating with a rare steak... how do you celebrate a day well-spent? #ranchlife #thedxranch #ranching #dxjurassicclassic #western #westernhorse #workingranch #workingranchimages #workingranchmagazine #workingranchhorse #hifromsd #myjobdependsonag #workharder #chestnuthorse #southdakota #cowgirlshit #ranchy #shotoniphonex #igers #instagood #equinephotography

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bbwesternphotog

Reflection. I have had more dramatic ups and downs this year than ever before... and I end this year with a full heart and countless blessings. . . . . . . . #photography #westernphotography #azphotographer #western #ranchlife #peace #southdakota #thedxranch @thedxranch

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thesdcowgirl

Even if you don't get to ride the rolling plains in search of missing pairs, wayward yearlings, or lost calves, Duluth Trading company can keep you warm, and cozy. . . . It's no secret I'm a fan of the "Canadian Tuxedo" -- If you know me at all you'll know that if you give me a denim shirt and blue jeans I'm in heaven -- it's practically my daily uniform. . . . The @duluthtradingcompany denim shirt is no exception to my favorite denim shirts. It's the perfect winter weight. Their flannel lined denim jeans will keep you warm in coldest conditions and the vest, man it's warm. It has *SO* many pockets. It's the first practical vest I've actually owned. . . . If you want to stay warm this Winter, whether your home is on the prairie, the Northern Range, or the shores of Lake Michigan, I'm fairly certain that #DuluthWoman from #DuluthTradingCo can keep you warm. I wear denim, top to bottom, pretty much year-round. What's your favorite go-to winter gear? See the link in my bio to shop my favorites. Photo by @mkloeschen . . . #ad #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #cowgirl #canadiantuxedo #dxjurassicclassic #hackamorehorse #duluthwoman #duluthtradingco #duluthtradingcompany

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thedxranch

These little orphan fillies of ours are so gentle! Tarps aren’t scary at all! They just picked it up and went to playing with it! #thedxranch #horses #aqhaproud #aqha #ranchlife

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thesdcowgirl

Thank you all so much for entering my contest this week! It’s still crazy to me that 18,000+ folks follow me! I meant to do a “lively yesterday to generate the winner, but I failed at that... so, without further ado.... . . . Drum Roll Please... . . . The winner of the 16x24 metal float mount or canvas is: @sdcalgirl_31!!!! Congrats!!!!! Send me an email or dm and let me know which image you’d like!!!!! #winter #hoarfrost #hifromsd #southdakota #horse #aqha #aqhaproud #frostymorning #frostyhorse #bayhorse #canon5dmarkiii #thedxranch #ranchlife #ranching

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thesdcowgirl

Frosted, foggy mornings. Chores before coffee. Horses that are happy to see you will knicker, ask for scratches and sniff around to see if there are oats or cow cake on your person. Cold noses and toes. And I’d trade none of it away. Do you feel the same about your life? #hoarfrost #graymare #aqhaproud #aqha #fall #hifromsd #southdakota #foggymorning #fog #sdc_negativespace #teamcanon #canon5dmkiii #happyhorses #ilovemylife #ranchlife #thedxranch #ranching #ranchhorses #westerndecor #westernart

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thesdcowgirl

The coolest thing happened today. I realized that I’ve learned to ignore my inner control freak. Do you know what a relief that is? She’s caused me so much grief, lots of cursing and a lot of heartache. I am so much happier having learned to disregard her anxiety and obnoxious requirements for my life. Have you ever had an epiphany like that? Was a huge weight lifted off your shoulders? #selfcare #selfimprovement #horsesofinsta #equinetherapyisthebest #equine #shotoniphone #hifromsd #alwaysbeyourbest #happinessisachoice #cloudysky #buckskin #thedxranch #ranchlife #ranchhorses

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thesdcowgirl

Perfect snowflakes wafted about yesterday as we did chores. They pretty much fell non-stop yesterday! And when it snows do you know what that means? It means we get to start using the the #sdc_negativespace hashtag. How was the weather where you are? Does it feel like Winter? Are you hoping for a White Christmas? #shotoniphone #snow #horses #winter #thedxranch #ranchlife #photography #highkey #horsesofinsta #southdakota #hifromsd #dxandthecity

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thedxranch

If you’d like the opportunity to do some cow-work, get help with any struggles you’re having with your horses and increase your knowledge of horsemanship and horses, then come to the ranch in May 2019 for our first ever workshop. . . . This will be an all-inclusive workshop. We are housing and feeding participants, and their horses. There are also a limited number of ranch horses available for an additional fee. This will be so much fun, and we promise you’ll learn a lot!!!!! #horsemanship #horses #horsemanshipclinic #ranching #thedxranch #ranchlife #cowhorses #horsetraining

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thesdcowgirl

I may have fed cows in pajama pants yesterday. I won’t confirm or deny. But raise your hand if you’ve ever done chores in pajamas before? 🖐 Can we start a club if I admit to feeding cows in my jammies? #ranchwife #ranchlife #thedxranch #aqha #aqhaproud #hifromsd #southdakota #southdakotasunsets #equinephotographer #thegoldenhour #goldenhourphotography #feedinginyourpjs #ifeedinmypjpantsclub #horsesofinsta #teamcanon #canon5dmarkiii #alltheprettylight #alltheprettyhorses

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thesdcowgirl

Last night this South Dakota Sky really showed off. The light was stunning, and the mare herd was somehow in two pastures, so when I got the gate open, they were excited to be together again. This is one of those fortuitous shots and I’m in love. I hope you all think it’s as beautiful as I do. And in honor of Small Business Saturday, I’m offering 25% off prints, canvases and float mounts. I’ll post the link, and the coupon code in my story. Thank you all for supporting small business! I appreciate your support more than you can imagine!!!! If you have a small business and you’d like a shoutout, send me a DM, and I’ll put you in my story!!!! #shopsmallsaturday #southdakota #hifromsd #thedxranch #aqha #aqhaproud #aqhafoals2018 #southdakotasky #supportsmallshops #equineart #sunset #thegoldenhour #alltheprettylight #horsesofinsta #ranchlife #equinephotographer

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thesdcowgirl

Today, as we take a day to focus on gratitude, I can’t help but reflect on the fact that my life is incredibly charmed. I hope I reflect gratitude in my life, daily. . . . I’m grateful for so many things — my partner and better half, the handsome @zachducheneaux, who provides an exceptional, stress-free life for me; who has cheered my accomplishments and cheered for my crazy ideas, who has believed in me when I doubted my own existence. Our family — full of amazing individuals — our talented, kind, thoughtful kids; a warm love-filled home (in our barn no less!); None of us want for anything. . . . My friends. Oh, my friends. My world is full of loyal, caring, thoughtful people that I can call at a moment’s notice, who support my hopes and dreams and crazy ideas. They help me keep it real, don’t let me quit when I might want to, and cheer me on for every little victory. . . . I have everything I could EVER want, ever need and ALL THE love to complete it. I’m rich in gratitude and blessings and those are the important things in life. . . . Thank you, from the bottom of my heart to everyone, including all of you who visit this little corner of my world to support me. You’re all part of my charmed life. . . . Happy Thanksgiving, friends. Hug your loved ones, watch some football, stuff your faces and give thanks for all your blessings. . . . #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #begratefulalways #happythankgiving #gratitudeisthebestattitude

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cdphotog

Wherever you are today, I hope you’re surrounded by your herd, like these mommas and babies out on the DX Ranch @thedxranch - Happy Thanksgiving everyone! . #happythanksgivng #thanksgiving2018 #thedxranch #horses #aqha #aqhaproud #westernhorseman #hifromsd #babyhorse #blueskies #greengrass #thankful

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thesdcowgirl

There is so much I want to share and say. So much to be grateful for. My heart is overflowing. I hope you find time to soak in all your blessings this week. Is your heart overflowing? #begratefuleveryday #gratefulstateofmind #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #morningsilhouette

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thesdcowgirl

At the end of a busy day, there’s nothing better than taking a pause, finding a moment of peace, and soaking in the beauty of another day well-spent. Was your day action-packed? Did you take time to reflect and bask in gratitude? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #sunset #dusk #southdakota #hifromsd

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thedxranch

Our two bum fillies, Belle the dun and Jewlz the bay, we’re pretty excited to play “cow-pony” today! They’re in the barn for the immediate future so they have access to water and we can get them started on feed before winter sets in. #aqhaproud #aqha #aqhafoals2018 #cowponies #futurecowpony #cowhorse #thedxranch #ranchlife #ranchhorses

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thesdcowgirl

“No one truly knows what they will do in a certain situation until they are actually in it. It's very easy to judge someone else's actions by what you assume your own would be, if you were in their shoes. But we only know what we THINK we would do, not what we WOULD do.” ~~Ashly Lorenzana~~ . . . #dontjudge #snow #winter #hifromsd #southdakotasnow #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #teamcanon #southdakota

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thesdcowgirl

Monday, Avie is having dental surgery. So, his winter vacation began in earnest yesterday when I decided I wasn’t going to go the last jackpot of the year due to the weather. Turns out they cancelled it anyway! Many thanks to everyone who has cheered us on and supported us all year. I know that 2019 is going to be epic!!! And in other news... I’m starting to deck the halls. When do you decorate for the Holidays? Photo by @jnj_photo @arenushealth #EquineHealth #EquineNutrition #arenusanimalhealth #teamarenus #benefabbysorenomore #sorenomore #PerformanceHorse #HealthyAsAHorse ##thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart ##ig_equine #bestofequines #barrelhorses #barrelracing #headlesshorseman2018 #barrelracing #barrelracer

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thedxranch

Rollin’ to The Weekend! Who gets to do stuff with their horses this weekend and who is barricading themselves inside to hide from the weather? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines

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thesdcowgirl

I am certain I wasn’t as productive today as I was yesterday. But that’s okay. There was a Norther blowing in that made being outdoors unpleasant. So after chores and doctoring on ol’ paint, I spent some time on some inside projects, like @officialaqha paperwork. . . . On another note, am I the only person who can demolish fresh Mozzarella cheese in a matter of hours? . . . And puh-lease don’t hate me for posting another photo of Prism. She’s too cute not to share, right? . . . If you look close, you can see snowflakes in this image... #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #snow #hifromsd #snow #Fall #futureworldbeater

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thedxranch

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