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Jenn Z

I’m western-lifestyle blogger, social media influencer & freelance photographer. Home @thedxranch. Barrel racer. Sharing life, one photo at a time.

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I think there’s like 43 days to Christmas or something ridiculous like that. Who has started shopping? I’ve got a few custom gifts ordered but otherwise I better start making a list. And... I’m going to share a cold-weather-gear-guide on my blog that might give you some ideas!!! Raise your hand if you haven’t started shopping for Christmas and give me a thumbs up if you have.... I really love buying gifts. #bnw_captures #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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I’m pretty sure that Prism and Semi are having an argument about why the birds are angry. I mean does anyone ever wonder what the pigs did to make the birds so mad? I know I do. And in all seriousness, aren’t these two fluff-balls the cutest? #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #aqhafoals2018 #dxezbrzypnkmartini

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The weather has pretty much looked like this all week and even that didn’t keep us from having a blast at our Big Loop Ranch Roping yesterday. It was fun to see old friends, make some new ones, eat some great food and spend the day on my favorite chestnut gelding, Dino. How did you spend your Saturday? #lifebetweentheears #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hackamorehorse #workingranchmagazine #workingranch

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For a long time, I struggled with the notion of going with a bothered horse. I always felt like IF they went fast without me, that we weren’t being partners. To me, it meant they’d checked out and were in full-on flight mode. The fact is, that’s not always the case. A colt or green horse, may in fact get lost and he may need to trot or lope (run) faster than I’m riding, or even grab his ass and scoot out from under me. The irony of this entire situation is that I like to go fast. Duh. . . . I couldn’t separate the going fast because I wanted to, and the going fast because the horse needed to. My colt going fast doesn’t mean he’s lost me. It means he’s uncertain about XXX and if I freak out because of his uncertainty that’s when the wreck will happen. But if I ride him like he's Avie or Dino or Nora (who could easily be grandma's horse), and FIRMLY believe that 1. nothing will scare them and that 2. I can talk them out of whatever they think might be scary, and 3. build in them an inclination to look back to me if they get worried, they'll realize that I'm not concerned, and come back to me. Doesn't mean they wont' be aware of what is troubling them, but they'll think, "well, Jenn's not scared so I shouldn't be either." . . . Do you have those same struggles?? Is there any way I can help you overcome that struggle? What have you learned from your horses? Photo by @jnjphoto Brought to you by Avie's favorite partner, @arenushealth #EquineHealth #EquineNutrition #arenusanimalhealth #teamarenus #benefabbysorenomore #sorenomore #PerformanceHorse #HealthyAsAHorse #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #barrelhorses #barrelhorse #barrelracer #barrelracing #teamblond #goaviego #runavierun #noaveragejoe022 #horsemanship

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Today was one of those fun, Fall days, when you freeze your toes off, but you can’t be upset about being cold. The cows gathered good, the horses all rode good, and we can’t be upset about the fact that we get to live this life. Snow and all, always be grateful. . . . #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #video #workingranchmagazine #lifebetweentheears #lifebetweentheseears #dxjurassicclassic #snow #fall

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So, pretty Prism needs a registered name. Her mama is DX Nuke This Bombshel and her daddy is WDX Banjobreeze Baby. I’d like something that includes EZ Brzy or Ee Zee Brzy, but I’m not sure what or how to incorporate that. So...I’m asking you, friends to give this your best shot... who’s got fun ideas for a registered name for this pretty girl?!!! It cannot be more than 20 characters. If I choose the name you picked, you’ll get something fun... not sure what yet! And... Gooooo! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #aqhafoals2018 photos by @cdphotog and @diehardcowboy_ and me... ♥️

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Today was the coldest day we have had all Fall. It never got over 28F and the wind has blown to beat hell all day. In fact, this wind was probably cold enough to make hell bearable! But the best part of today was the sky, just before sunset, the mares that talk at me when they see me, because they know I have oats, and the fact that there’s a warm house waiting for me when the chores are done. I’m grateful I get to spend a windy, cold day riding damn good horses. What are you grateful for? #gratefullness #begrateful #hifromsd #southdakotasky #sunset #fall #givethanks #horses #aqha #aqhaproud #cowgirl #western #southdakota #westernlifestyle #shotoniphone #dusk #happyhorses #whatareyouthankfulfor

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Our Sunday included a massive, yummy brunch — complete with waffles. Yeah I tore off and made waffles! 🤷‍♀️ . . . I love waffles. Do you love waffles? . . . . Also, I got rides on four of my fearless steeds — The old gray mare still has it, her son Tony is going to be just as amazing, Dino was of course his awesome self and his paternal half sister, Cosmo, was on fire!! Avie’s leg is back to 💯 so that was the cherry on my day. I can only hope your Sunday was as amazing as mine! #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hifromsd #southdakota #fallmakeup

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Headed towards the weekend... we have a Roping clinic and well... we will have to see what the weather does! What’s on tap for your weekend??? #bnw_captures #bnwphotography #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #blackandwhite

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“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller . . . I’ll add to that my thoughts: You can hope all you want to achieve your goals, but until you try, until you take the first step to be who you want to, to do what you want to do, hope alone won’t get you there. Action will inspire confidence. And experience will gain you confidence. . . . Knowing these things and doing these things aren’t always easy either. It’s taken me a long time to get brave enough to try a lot of the things I have wanted to get good at. I’m not exceptional yet, but I’m trying. What do you want to become exceptional at in your life? Are you trying? Or just hoping? #selfcare #selfimprove #dxandthecity #cosmogirl #thedxranch #shotoniphone #bluesky #clouds #hifromsd #southdakota #sorrelmare #horsesofinstagram #prettyhairdontcare

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I promised yesterday I’d share about my first good rodeo horse. His registered name was Alexanders Zero. I called him Zero. He came off the Waggoner ranch at Vernon, Texas and had been a ranch horse most of his life. He was 14 when I bought him. He was honest as the day was long. Pretty much nothing bothered him. But, he was not nice to other horses: he was going to be large and in charge and he’d beat them up mercilessly if they challenged his bossiness. But when tied at Roping or a rodeo, he was a perfect gentleman. He was my first registered quarter horse. He took me to pay window, regularly, in the goat tying and breakaway Roping. He lived to the ripe old age of 31. He taught me a lot. Probably more than I know and certainly more than I was grateful for at the time. He started me down a path and I’m forever grateful to him for that. #cowgirlquarterhorse #aqha #aqhaproud #breakawayroping #breakawayhorse #hecouldknockyourteethoutwithhisstop #rodeohorse #rodeocowgirl

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So while I am on a kick about introducing myself, I thought I’d just take this week to share more tidbits with y’all, if you don’t care. . . . I didn’t grow up with horses or on a ranch. But I got both as fast as I could. I got my first horse when I was 11. His name was Butch and he was a grade (unregistered) appendix bred (quarter horse crossed on a thoroughbred). He was kind and took care of me. We had all sorts of adventures together. I ended up selling him my sophomore year of high school so I had some money to buy a horse that would take me to the college rodeos. I’ll introduce you to him tomorrow. . . . I moved to The DX Ranch in 2008, and this pretty gray mare, pictured here with this year’s orphans, was one of the horses that came with me. Her registered name is Streakin Iron (we call her Sonora/Nora) , and she’s the grand-dam to Baby Belle, the orphan on the left. Nora is one of the best horses I’ve ever owned and I wish I hadn’t wasted so much time not appreciating what she is. She’s 18 now and I can’t believe I’ve owned her for 13 years. She’s the dam to both Tony and the dreamy Hawk. . . . #thedxranch #horses #horsesofinstagram #aqha #aqhaproud #youholdmyheart #equine #equineart #photography #ranchlife #ag #photooftheday #igers #instagood #instahorses_post #equinephotography #equinephotos #ig_equine #bestofequines #hifromsd #shotoniphone #maresrock

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