Letters To The Ranch
Cathy Fallon has received letters regarding their time, these children had at Kastlerock Ranch. Here are two of them.
Dear Fallon Family and LaFond Sisters,
I'm making my way down a short, but important "appreciation bucket list" to thank those that have been important role models in my life so far. You were on it!
I just wanted to thank you for all the time, effort, and guidance you've given me. You really taught, inspired, and instilled a better, more genuine way to be with horses that most people will never have the privelege of experiencing. The old, grade, lame, young, green, and challenging horses all matter and have irreplacible value; even if it is just to teach us the hard lessons. The classic cowboy way and sense of feel that you helped teach me is priceless to me. I've been through alot with horses and have made plenty of mistakes-thankfully, lots of positive changes have happened in my life over the years and I appreciate and hang on to things I once did not.
I never should have sold Fiyaero-but the sense of loss and somewhat "downward spiral" from that choice gave me alot to mourn over and think about. I often found myself thinking about "what would Mark / Cathy / Gabe / Hannah / Jada do? And it changed (overtime) the way I made choices. I now have 2 beautiful black horses - a mini gelding and a grade filly I rescued whom I cherish just as they are - and I will never let them go.
THANK YOU for teaching me emotional /spiritual / authentic horsemanship rather than being so goal-oriented. It's okay to "just be" -growth happens in emotional stillness.
Happy Birthday! There are so many things that I could say to you, but even more things that I want to thank you for. I hope this letter helps you understand just how important of a role you've played in my life and how much I appreciate and love you.
I remember the first time I met you and the horses. I see the pictures of my nine year old self riding big Ima. You see the sparkle in my eye. Horses had become such an obsession for me. I still wonder how you handled Hannah and I, but you did. You started me on a path to the lifestyle that I want so much for my future.
There are only a few people who believed in me as much as you did. From a young child to an almost high school graduate, you always watched and help me grow. I will always remember the importance of keeping my seat in the saddle, keeping my heels down, eyes up and belly button in. The things you taught me in the saddle is countless and I cannot thank you enough for every one of them.
You taught me it is ok to be scared, but not to let my fear hold me back from trying. I learned about hard work from watching you. People do not realize the huge amount of work that comes along with having horses. I know I didn't. I realize now how you put your blood, sweat, tears and heart into the horses and teaching kids. You make sure the lesson kids see every aspect of horses. We've spent just as much time, if not more, off the horse as we did on. And that has been such an incredibly valuable lesson. Learning to take care of the horses and creating a bond with them.
As if all the lessons taught me about horses weren't enough, you taught me so many lessons about life. I learned to hold my head up high and not sweat the small stuff. I learned the importance of hard work and persistance. I learned to put others before myself and that I should help when I can. You taught me to own up to my mistakes and to learn from them. You were never afraid to put us kids in our place. At the time, I'm sure I didn't appreciate it, but now I'm so thankful.
You've done more for me than I could ever put into words. You've played such a vital role in shaping me into the person and horseman that I've become. I will never forget the years I've spent with you and the things you've taught me. I will always be grateful for you.
Thank You so much, Jada