We’re a horse family.

So things have been all kinds of busy around here lately. I have no real excuse except for having a whole lot of different things on my plate all at one time… SO instead of a fun craft or recipe today how about a little glimpse into my life beyond the blog. πŸ˜‰

We’re a horse family.

A roping family on the hub’s side specifically. More of the cow hand variety on my side…
But either way you look horses are a part of our life.

Meet Sox… He’s my personal favorite.

We were all taught at a young age how to ride… How to saddle and groom our horses… That horses are a part of the family to be cared for and respected.

My niece, Taylor, and her horse, Blue Gown.

by Kassi Mortensen Photography

Some kiddos get their toys taken away, or TV, or video games as a punishment when they’re young. In our family if you get in trouble that means you don’t get to go out and ride with everyone else. The harshest of discipline for a little guy that just wants to ride his horse with the older guys.

Our nephew, Chancey riding Dan.

Being a horse family really is an ENTIRE family activity.

Everyone gets to ride at some point during the day… And whether it’s pushing the cows up to rope, opening shoots, or just playing in the dirt nearby we’re all outside spending time as a family.

I feel truly blessed that I married into a family with roots so similar to my own. Sure our methods of using horses, the hub’s family versus my side might be a little bit different. But there’s always the same thing at the center; family and horses.

That’s my dad, fourth from the left… And his cow working crew.

On a recent weekend roping trip my husband and I drove by Roosevelt Lake in Arizona. There were boats on the water, RVs, tents and people playing along the water’s edge. I asked him what he thought life would be like if we were a lake family instead of a horse family…
His answer, “What would we do all day?!?” πŸ™‚ I guess being a horse family is what we’re good at!

So tell me lovelies!! What KIND of a FAMILY is yours???

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  1. Ahhh someday I will have horses.

  2. Hmmm… I guess we are a farm family! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      Well there you go! πŸ˜‰ We could just almost be a farm family… we have lots of animals. haha. A donkey, a few roping steers and horses. Not quite a farm, but almost.

  3. Oh, I am so envious πŸ™‚ I love animals and horses are included, yet I have honestly been on the back of a horse maybe 3 times in my life?
    I do wish there were horses around here to ride, but the only people I know with horses, don’t ride them, rather they are rescues and old.
    So, I just spend most of my time at the fair, in the horse barns πŸ™‚

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      We have some of those kind too… Horses that were the team roping horses for my husband’s dad and grand dad. They just hang out in a pasture here by our house. We call it our horse retirement home. haha.

  4. OH my I am so jealous right now! πŸ™‚ I WISH we had horses. But I’m stuck with cows….

    Gorgeous pictures, Kassi – it looks like a beautiful ranch y’all have.

    • Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

      You can come visit our horses ANYTIME! πŸ˜‰ And thanks so much!! Your home is lovely, so that is quite a compliment!