Southern Zen Farm

Southern Zen Farm Southern Zen Farm was created to promote the best horse money can buy, the Carolina Marsh Tacky. Our goal is to showcase this breed outside of S.C.

Operating as usual

Two of our Marsh Tackies
05/15/2021

Two of our Marsh Tackies

Two of our Marsh Tackies

02/09/2021

We haven't posted on here in a long time, but are about to get back at it. From ranch roping to trail riding. We are going to out and about in 2021.

11/21/2019

We will be taking Marsh Tackies down to the 2020 Great Florida Cattle Drive Reunion Ride.

08/09/2019

This past week has been a little rough, but it has made me realize the true power of a horse. Horses have the power to capture your heart and soul. With a little imagination they can transform you into what ever you want to be a that time. They can provide you an escape from whatever it is you are trying to get away from. The hard part in this is when they leave us they take a piece of us with them, but what they leave behind is a life time of memories.

Southern Zen Farm
04/30/2019

Southern Zen Farm

04/30/2019

So we will be down at the Virginia Horse Festival helping out our friends at Blackwater Beef with their food truck. They produce some of the best beef I have ever had. With Blackwater Beef being a farm to table operation it also gives us an opportunity to help out around the ranch, and use are horses to work cattle. No better way to make a horse.

04/07/2019

It time to get back in the saddle. This has been somewhat of a hard winter. Horses were lame and mud was everywhere. Now that it is getting to be nicer out it is time to start riding again.

04/07/2019

It time to get back in the saddle. This has been somewhat of a hard winter. Horses were lame and mud was everywhere. Now that it is getting to be nicer out it is time to start riding again.

11/23/2018
11/03/2018
08/06/2018

We have teamed up with Warrior Mission Ranch to start some monthly cowboy gathering. So if there are any veterans out there that are interested in the cowboy life style, or that just want to get more involved with horses please contact me for more information. Some of it will be on horse back and some of it will be in the workshop. We will be picking a topic each month to work on for that day. Maybe roping the roping dummies, doing a little cow work, or maybe some leather working. Each month will be a different topic, but with the some good old cowboy fellowship. Please share with any veterans you know that would interested. Also check out Warrior Mission Ranch's page and website. This is a great local group that is that is trying to get some stuff started.

Cowboy quotes
10/11/2017

Cowboy quotes

Cowboy quotes
10/10/2017

Cowboy quotes

American Cowboy Magazine
10/10/2017

American Cowboy Magazine

It isn't a matter of not making mistakes, it's making sure you learn from them. #MotivationMonday

Truer words have never been spoken
10/10/2017

Truer words have never been spoken

"The horse is a mirror. It goes deep into the body. When I see your horse I see you too. It shows me everything you are, everything about the horse. I try to face life for what it is. There’s heartache, but it’s a good thing. I’m trying to save the horse’s life and your life too. The human is so good at war. He knows how to fight. But making peace, boy, that’s the hardest thing for a human. But once you start giving, you won’t believe how much you get back." - Ray Hunt.

Profile Pictures
07/27/2017

Profile Pictures

Southern Zen Farm
07/27/2017

Southern Zen Farm

Best Horse for the Job
07/23/2017
Best Horse for the Job

Best Horse for the Job

Two cowboys describe the qualities they need in a horse when roping and dragging calves to the fire.

Good things to try
07/22/2017
6 Proven Ride-Better Practice Tips

Good things to try

Work on your equitation every time you’re on your horse by using these proven ride-better tips and strategies.

Total Equine is what we feed here
07/13/2017
Western Horseman

Total Equine is what we feed here

Can feed be a Tool of the Trade? Lari Dee Guy says, Yes! Always at the top of her sport, she credits staying competitive to what she keeps in her feed room. Watch the video >>> http://whmag.co/2tMjNsI

06/22/2017

We are thinking about having a meet a Marsh Tacky day in July. We are still in the planning process, and hopeful to get things firmed up soon

Our English Tacky❤️❤️
06/03/2017

Our English Tacky❤️❤️

Check out what our Marsh Tackies are up to today!!!
06/03/2017

Check out what our Marsh Tackies are up to today!!!

Also a go way to teach a head horse to face up once you master dragging the log.
04/28/2017
Master the Log Drag—Safely

Also a go way to teach a head horse to face up once you master dragging the log.

Learn this skill to prepare for a ranch trail class, or just to increase your horse’s ‘broke quotient.’

04/22/2017

Come on out horse peeps!! Rain won't keep us from dealin!!! We're also accepting donations to the American Heart Association Beach Ride! Come on out!!!

Buck Brannaman, Horseman
04/14/2017

Buck Brannaman, Horseman

""When a lot of folks can't get a horse to operate on a feel, in a snaffle, what most are going to tell you "hell, get a little more bridle, get a little more shank on it, get a chain on it" and then when he's really wanting to flip over then "tie his head down". If he really runs into the tie down then "get a bicycle chain over his nose".............I mean it doesn't stop, it becomes medieval what they do.
But when you get a horse to where he's operating on a feel; it doesn't make much difference what you have. Whereas a lot of people leave the snaffle bit because they flunked out, they failed...............and then they go and get another bit. Of course these tack salesmen love that. They go and get another bit and then they flunk out in it, ruin their horse. Then they ruin them in that, then get another bit and then pretty soon they've got a whole wall full of bits and they still can't operate the damn thing.
All that money they've wasted on bits; they could've probably bought a decent saddle for the horse so he didn't have to put up with the junk they were riding in. Now that would have been something that would have been worthwhile.
So if you don't get it done in the snaffle (the basics that a horse needs, the fundamental movements that all horses need to do for whatever you have in mind for them) before moving on to something else, well............you're not going to get it."" - Buck Brannaman.

Image of Buck is by Ron Volmershausen and was taken at a Colt Starting clinic that was held in Mansfield, Victoria, Australia 1994 and is scanned from the original.

A brave horse will do anything you ask.
04/14/2017
Create a Brave Horse

A brave horse will do anything you ask.

Western Horseman Magazine - World's leading horse magazine since 1936

Just started working on some of these exercises. I can see a difference.
04/13/2017
Integrate your horsemanship clinic exercises into showday schooling | Eclectic Horseman Magazine

Just started working on some of these exercises. I can see a difference.

Written by Sylvana Smith This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.1 It was a Wednesday schooling show in January, halfway between Aberdeen and nowhere a perfect opportunity to field-test progress with a project horse who had a reputation for completely losing her cool at horse…

Tom Dorrance: More Than a Horseman | Eclectic Horseman Magazine
04/11/2017
Tom Dorrance: More Than a Horseman | Eclectic Horseman Magazine

Tom Dorrance: More Than a Horseman | Eclectic Horseman Magazine

Tom Dorrance was the most remarkable man I ever met. Quiet and self-effacing, he had no desire to be famous or rich and most certainly had no instinct for self-promotion. He had no ego, in the conventional sense. Yet he possessed a genius with horses that was so extraordinary that people sought him…

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8508 Lock Ln
Warrenton, VA
20186

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 9am - 7pm

Telephone

(703) 507-9719

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