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thesdcowgirl

“In the graveyard are buried all of the unwritten novels, never-launched businesses, unreconciled relationships, and all of the other things that people thought, ‘I’ll get around to that tomorrow’. One day however their tomorrow ran out.” —— ~Todd Henry~ —— Don’t set your gifts, and dreams, and plans, and passions aside. Work to see them realized, or at the very least set in motion. Today is a gift. Tomorrow isn’t a guarantee. Photo by @cdphotog who is certainly not letting his gift go unused! #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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thedxranch

While we were in Montana this week at the rodeo, the warm up “pen” was the parking area of the high school football field! #ruralamerica at its best! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #lifebetweentheears

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cdphotog

What I post - Zach @zach.ducheneaux and Burt @dillabaugh ride ahead of the crew out gathering on a cool and wet morning in June. . The soft highlights in the foreground, contrasting against the riders, and the depth leading into the background...and if you look real close, you’ll see the top of a head from another rider behind Burt. That’s what I see, that’s what I post...uninfluenced by social media. . 📓ISO320, f2.8, 1/250s @ 200mm 📸Canon 5D4 Lens - 70-200mm II f2.8L IS #ranch #ranchlife #ranching #western #americanwest #westernphotography #lifestyle #cowboy #branding #cdphotogworkshopjune2018 #cdphotogworkshop #southdakotaphotographer #cdphotog #southdakota #workshop #photographer #cowboyhat #photoworkshop #photography101 #ridersonthestorm #canonusa #teamcanon #canonbringit #thankyou #brandingday #thedxranch #morning #aqha #cheyenneriverreservation

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thesdcowgirl

Well, hey there girls! Are these two fillies not adorable? We got to go visit a couple mare bunches today because our non profit, @projecth3lp is hosting a #STEM camp. So we visited horses, did rainwater infiltration tests, picked some choke cherries and generally had so much fun! What did you do today? #hifromsd #teamcanon #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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cowboyconnection

🤠 @diehardcowboy_ #diehardcowboy_ 📸 @cdphotog #cdphotog . . RepostBy @diehardcowboy_: "In a place where I feel content in the moment. Sometimes it’s tough to look at ourselves in the place we’re at without wishing we were miles ahead. Here’s to making the most of every moment and trying to be patient with ourselves as we learn. We’re all a work in progress... at least we should be. Never stop learning. Thanks to @cdphotog for this photo. #diehardcowboy #cowboy #thedxranch" . #cowboy #cowboys #cowboysofinstagram #country #countryboy #countryboys #countrywestern #western

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kimcarinophotography

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diehardcowboy_

In a place where I feel content in the moment. Sometimes it’s tough to look at ourselves in the place we’re at without wishing we were miles ahead. Here’s to making the most of every moment and trying to be patient with ourselves as we learn. We’re all a work in progress... at least we should be. Never stop learning. Thanks to @cdphotog for this photo. #diehardcowboy #cowboy #thedxranch

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kimcarinophotography

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thedxranch

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thesdcowgirl

Do something today that your future self will thank you for. Me, I’m going to do my yoga outside in 96 degrees and practice not being bothered by the wind (which is also hot) and the flies that are biting anything and everything, looking to draw blood. The me that wakes up tomorrow will appreciate it, and the me that wakes up in 5 years will also appreciate it. What are you going to do today that will benefit the future you? . . . P.S. is my cowboy handsome or what? . . . #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #americancowboy #workingranchmagazine #cowboy

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thesdcowgirl

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diehardcowboy_

Standing out from the herd. #diehardcowboy #cowboy #thedxranch #quarterhorse

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thesdcowgirl

It’s so good to be back in Armstrong County, also known as “God’s Country”. The sunset was extra pretty tonight and it was even prettier because Cosmo came over to see what I was doing. She, of course, wanted to see if I’d give her some love. Duh! I never turn down the chance to love on a horse... especially this one! #sunset #hifromsd #love #mystory #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #sunsets #shotoniphonex

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thesdcowgirl

In just a few hours I’ll be back in God’s country. Tomorrow we’ll make a rodeo run at the Catfish Stampede, one of the closest rodeos I get to enter. Then, next week we run in Aberdeen and Circle, MT. I’m loving life and learning something every ride. #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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thedxranch

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thesdcowgirl

Do what makes you happy. Be with those who make you smile and laugh as much as you breathe. Thanks for the capture Chris, @diehardcowboy_. I think you nailed the emotion and how much I love this horse. #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #silhouettes #cowgirlsilhouette #sunset #hifromsd #dxjurassicclassic #cdphotogworkshopjune2018

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thedxranch

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thesdcowgirl

I’m not on the ranch this week. So, my stories will be from the city of Normal, Illinois. I’m helping our nephew @canders414 settle in to a new town, new apartment and graduate school @illinoisstateu! I seriously might cry from excitement because this is going to be an epic experience. Can we all wish him luck, even though he doesn’t need it?! #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

She is proof that dreams come true. What are your dreams? Have you helped them come to fruition? We can sit and wait and hope, OR we can go out and DO (our part) to bring them to life. #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #bnw_captures #blackandwhite #dreamsdocometrue

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thesdcowgirl

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thedxranch

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cdphotog

The slightest hint of pink from the morning sun ever so slightly breaks through the horizon blending into the blues and yellows of the sky as Calico @calicodx rides out to help gather before branding at @thedxranch . Organization in composition is not only about following a ‘Rule’ it can also been seen in visual elements like: -Small to Large relationships -Dark among Light -Organic among Geometric and each one of these examples can be seen inversely. In this composition the text, color, structure and silhouette all visually add interest into the small to large composition. . 📓ISO800, f2.8, 1/800s @ 70mm 📸Canon 5D4 Lens - 70-200mm II f2.8L IS #ranch #ranchlife #ranching #western #americanwest #westernphotography #silhouette #thedxranch #southdakota #southdakotaphotographer #cdphotog #morning #photooftheday #photographer #instagood #cowgirl #horse #canonusa #composition #aqha #canonbringit #aqhaproud #neverstoplearning #longlivecowgirls #cdphotogworkshop #cdphotogworkshopjune2018 #westernlife #horselife #seeingdifferently

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madcan8

This week had been an organized chaos around the feedyard. New calves have been coming in all week, 60+ loads of manure being hauled out daily, and never ending loads of alfalfa and grain hay rolling in because the prices are good. My mind is running a million miles an hour to make sure everything goes smoothly. I could really use a break in a South Dakota pasture full of mares and foals right about now. . #thedxranch #southdakota #foals #foalsofinstagram #foalfriday #horses #horsesofinstagram #photooftheday #western #westernphotography #agriculture #ranch #ranchlife #ranchlifestyle #lifeontheranch #ranching #cdphotog #cdphotogworkshop #canon #canonusa #cowboy #cowboylife #serendipity #western #westernphotography #equine #equinephotography

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thesdcowgirl

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diehardcowboy_

The Simple Moments. Sometimes it’s those quiet moments that can make all the difference. They can take away the distractions and chaos of life. I caught this moment as Jen gently put the bosal on her horse. #diehardcowboy #cowboy #thedxranch #quarterhorse

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diehardcowboy_

A Good Scratch. Zach hitting the spot on one of his mares. #diehardcowboy #cowboy #thedxranch #horse #quarterhorse #aqha

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thedxranch

If this photo doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will! Photo by @cdphotog and he pretty much nailed the attitude our fearless leader, @zach.ducheneaux has. Always smile. It’ll always be alright. Life is good. #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #blackandwhite #cdphotog #cdphotogworkshopjune2018

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madcan8

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thesdcowgirl

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dillabaugh

Kelsey sure raises some good horses! Semi is bordering on being a pest, in a good way. #dxdesigns #thedxranch

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thesdcowgirl

This week I discovered the show, Justified. If anyone needs me I’ll be in front of the TV. I’ll “justify” this action because 1. It’s Saturday, 2. All the chores are done, 3. I’m alternating ice, heat and the TENS unit on my back and 4. I didn’t sit still long enough this week to drink enough water. But don’t worry friends, I’ll be back up and at it tomorrow, sorting dry cows or handling/riding my colts. Happy Saturday! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #workingranchmagazine #americanwest #americancowboy #cowboyfeatures #hifromsd #nationaldayofthecowboy

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bbwesternphotog

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This horse lives to “lock it down”. He’s solid and they don’t get more honest. So when we had a failure to communicate yesterday at @daysof76 I was perplexed. I’ll admit that I’ve questioned my sanity on multiple occasions when I pay fees to run against the likes of @haileykinsel and @team_lockhart but I’ll never get better if I don’t challenge myself. I believe in my horse: I just need to let that belief come out in how I ride him. Rodeoing is a lot different than going to barrel races. I’ll get this permit filled, someway, somehow because dreams are made to come true. But they don’t come without blood, sweat and tears. I’m grateful for the rides, Avie and I’m sorry I let you down yesterday, partner. We will get this! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #barrelracing #barrelhorse #rodeo #fearthebigyellowhorse #barrelracer #goaviego #runavierun

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thedxranch

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kimcarinophotography

Since I left SD, not a day has gone by that I don’t think of that magnificent big sky, and the beautiful animals that live on hundreds of acres. This cow was a favorite mine; I love that I captured her mooing. I have to admit, this East Coast girl was a little apprehensive being out among the cows, as I don’t understand them as large animals; however, it was an experience I’ll never forget thanks to @cdphotog and @thedxranch ❤️ . . . #connecticutphotographer #dxranch #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #cowgirl #cowboy #country_features #countrylandscape #southdakotagram #southdakotalife #southdakota #cdphotogworkshopjune2018 #thedxranch #countrylivingforever #angus #anguscross #cattle #cattleranch #cow #cattleman #bigsky #ranching #ranch #rancher #countrylivingforever #moo #cows #rsa_rural

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bbwesternphotog

One more trip, to Sikeston, MO, and that will officially conclude my summer travels. I am grateful for those I have met this summer and look forward to those I will meet soon. . . . . . #photography #rodeophotography #thedxranch #southdakota #travel #horsesofinstagram #western #rodeo #ranchlife #ranchbranding

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These moments, just him and I, are cherished. Probably more by me than him, he’s just grateful for the @triplecrownfeed yum-yums and the vitamins. That said, I’m pretty sure he knows how much I love him and in-so-much as a horse can repay it, he does. #workingranchmagazine #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #fearthebigyellowhorse #palomino #noaveragejoe022

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thedxranch

It was a pretty great day working the replacement heifers, and getting the colts some experience with cows. We think you can’t beat a day like today! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #cowwork #cowhorses

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thesdcowgirl

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It’s Fri-yeah! What are your plans for the weekend? Mine include riding this pretty mare. The rest I’ll play by ear! ♥️😘 what are your plans? I wanna know! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #canon5dmarkiii #dxandthecity

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kimcarinophotography

Richness in life is created when you have wonderful friends with which you can share stories and adventures no matter the conditions. Those are the memories that last a lifetime. On this morning in SD @thedxranch , it was pouring rain as these three cowboys shared stories as they pushed the cattle in❤️ . . . #connecticutphotographer #horsesofinstagram #horses #aqha #aqhaproud #equine #equineart #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #cowboy #cowboylife #country_features #countrylandscape #southdakotagram #southdakotalife #southdakota #cdphotogworkshopjune2018 #friends #thedxranch #countrylivingforever #westernriding #ridingintherain

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jkrusephotography

Loved the light on this. #cdphotogworkshopjune2018 #thedxranch

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madcan8

The song “Run Wild Horses” by @aaronwatsonmusic come to mind every time I look at this picture. And then I start singing it, which leads to playing it as loud as possible. The speakers in my truck are going to quit on me one of these days if I keep that habit up. . #southdakota #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #wideopenspaces #serendipity #western #westernlifestyle #nature #westernphotography #agriculture #ranch #ranchlife #ranchlifestyle #lifeontheranch #ranching #cdphotog #cdphotogworkshop #canon #canonusa #cowboy #cowboylife #equine #equinephotography

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thedxranch

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thesdcowgirl

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.” – William Shakespeare #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #southdakotasummer #southdakota #hifromsd

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madcan8

Sunburnt Sunday. . Lazy Sunday is an understatement today. So yesterday we floated the river for Alise’s @alisemsmith birthday and I chose not to wear any sunscreen because “Mexicans don’t burn”. I was SOOO WRONG and look like a 🦀 today. The LAST thing I want to do is go outside, so now I’ve got some free time to edit more pictures from my trip to South Dakota. This one would look nice on my wall! . #southdakota #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #wideopenspaces #serendipity #western #westernlifestyle #nature #westernphotography #agriculture #ranch #ranchlife #ranchlifestyle #lifeontheranch #ranching #cdphotog #cdphotogworkshop #canon #canonusa #cowboy #cowboylife #equine #equinephotography

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thesdcowgirl

I didn’t grow up in a family where horses were front and center. I was the only one in my family bit with the rodeo/horse bug. For a few years we had several horses, as my kid brother @zachazeller and kid sister @meganmz79 rode too. But they moved on to other things. . . . I continued to immerse myself in horses. I never had the best rodeo horses money could buy: I had the best horses we could afford. I had to put in the work. We were blessed with a little luck, and good people who helped us find/finance those horses. That opened doors for me I never knew existed. . . . Now, I’m surrounded by really handy people who help me when I need it, encourage me when I’m down and who call me out when I’m being “somehow”. Teamwork makes the dream work!!! And I feel like it’s starting to come together. . . . My point in saying all this is that if you want it bad enough you’ll find a way. You’ll put in the work. You’ll keep trying. There were and certainly still are times when I am paralyzed with fear of failure or fear of the unknown that I wouldn’t even try. But those times are fewer and farther between. . . . So go, follow your dreams whatever they are. Photo by @cdphotog #dxjurassicclassic #noaveragejoe022 #cowgirl #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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Others can believe in your ability enough to push you off the ledge, but there comes a point when you have to believe in yourself to take the next steps. - - - They can’t believe it for you.... - - - Until you believe it for yourself, nothing will change. - - - I’ve heard this for years. I’m finally starting to understand. - - - Find yourself inspired by @findingmastery and @reidpriddy. It is some of the best material you could immerse yourself in if you want to better yourself as a person, or as an athlete. My better half has told me for years: “I can’t believe it for you”. I know he can’t. And I’ve lacked a lot of belief in myself about a lot of things. I’m doing my best to let go of perfection, be in the moment, breathe and realize that NOTHING in the future is more important than the here and now. I don’t know if I’ll ever get it completely nailed down, but I’m going to give it my best effort. Photo by @bbwesternphotog #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #cowgirl #cowgirlshit #cowgirlsofinstagram #fearthebigyellowhorse #selfimprovement #bethebestyou

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madcan8

It was so busy around the yard this week that #nationalcowappreciationday snuck by me. So let’s take a moment and appreciate the cuteness of these calves instead! This should brighten up your Friday and prepare you for the warm weekend to follow. . #branding #brandingseason #calves #cattle #cattleranch #ranchlife #ranching #bovine #thedxranch #southdakota #western #westernphotography #babybovine #beef #westernculture #agriculture #rurallife #lifeontheranch #blackangus #lifestyle #travelsouthdakota #canon #canonusa #livestock #cdphotogworkshop

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thedxranch

Lots if yearlings getting love this week! Halter-breaking is in full swing! #thedxranch #yearlings #horses #blackandwhite #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud

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thesdcowgirl

Happy Wednesday friends! Hope it was a good one! What did you do? We built electric fence, loaded and unloaded 100 bales of hay, did the usual chores, and rode...time for wine!

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