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Crafted in Carhartt / Fan Photos
Crafted in Carhartt / Fan Photos

 

Take a look at this little Texan. Brennan is wearing Carhartt kids.
It goes to show that overalls look good at any age.

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Tips for Beginning Barrel Racing

Carhartt Women and horses

Carhartt Women and horses

Carhartt Women and horses

Carhartt Women and horses

Carhartt Women and horses
Carhartt Women and horses

Carhartt Women and horses

Carhartt Women and horses

barrel racing tips from Carhartt

Meet Brittany Baton, an extraordinarily talented barrel racer from East Texas. She’s the southern girl next door with a close knit family and a drive to compete in the arena. When you’ve been riding since the ripe old age of two, you get to be pretty comfortable in the saddle. Watching Brittany run barrels you can see how natural and at home she feels there. Her advice to beginning barrel racers is to “always have an open ear for anyone that knows more than you do. Listen to their advice and try to use it because you can never learn too much.”

check out Brittany’s riding gear here: Carhartt Weathered Wildwood Jacket, Hamilton Flannel Shirt, Calumet Long-Sleeve V-Neck, & Carhartt Slim-Fit Jeans

Edith of Automotive Specialties in Longview, Texas

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Longview TX auto body and Carhartt

Most people are proud that they can change a flat tire on their own, but what about those rare few who can take a car apart and put it back together again? Meet Edith. She works at Automotive Specialties in Longview, Texas. When it comes to Corvettes, they’ve got you covered. As I watched Edith go about her daily routine, I realized that being a mechanic is an art form. It takes knowledge, strength, creativity, and attention to detail. So many skill sets are required and your craft must be finely attuned. I have mad respect for anyone who is capable of fixing and restoring cars, but I’m even more impressed by Edith’s self-assured nature. She works in a man’s world, and yet she blows most of her contemporaries out of the water. She found what she loved and pushed herself to greatness.

Check out Edith’s work gear: Carhartt Women’s Jackson Shirt Jac II, Carhartt Women’s Norfolk Henley, Women’s Orignal-Fit Jasper Jean, & Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Active Jac Quilted Flannel

Ranchers Jenny and Lisa Boswell

chilly chores with Carhartt

chilly chores with Carhartt

chilly chores with Carhartt
chilly chores with Carhartt

chilly chores with Carhartt

chilly chores with Carhartt

chilly chores with Carhartt

chilly chores with Carhartt

It might be chilly out there, especially with all the snow and ice this past week, but life goes on.
If you have land or animals to care for, you know working cold or shine is a necessity.
Why not get those chores done with Carhartt on your side.
Designed with work in mind, you’ll be able to keep warm and move around.
Both of the jackets pictured above are lined with sherpa, filled with pockets, and constructed from Carhartt’s classic sandstone duck material.
Jenny’s outfit: Sandstone Kenai ParkaWomen’s Hamilton Flannel Shirt II & Women’s Original-Fit Canvas 
Lisa’s outfit: Women’s Sandstone Berkley Jacket & Original-Fit Denim Jasper Jeanan

 

DIY: How to Build Your Own Chicken Coop

chickens and Carhartt

chickens and Carhartt

chickens and Carhartt

chickens and Carhartt

chickens and Carhartt

chickens and Carhartt

chickens and Carhartt

chickens and Carhartt

chickens and Carhartt

chickens and Carhartt
Chicken coops are getting really popular in both rural and urban areas. There are so many benefits to starting your own. The chickens are entertaining pets that can also help teach lessons of responsibility to kids and grown ups alike. The eggs they yield are so much healthier and tastier than most eggs you can buy in the store. Chickens can help reduce waste in your household. The fruit and veggie left overs that you would normally throw out can be great food for your new pets. You can also add chicken droppings to your compost to make your garden green. Here area few tips to help you get started:

  • When it comes to building a chicken coop, be creative. There are an endless amount of supplies you can use. This is a great time to up-cylce.
  • As far as the sizing of your coop, be sure to allow enough space. Generally, 2 to 3 sq. ft. per chicken is a good amount. Also, make sure that humans can fit into the space so you’re able to clean and care for the clutch.
  • You’ll need a separate area for feeding, roosting, and laying eggs. For cleanliness sake, leave enough distance between the food and roosting spot to keep manure out of the feed.
  • You need at least 1 nesting box for every 4 or 5 chickens. Place the box a few feet off of the ground and fill the bottom with straw. (12x12x12 is a good size)
  • One of the most important aspects of a coop is keeping your brood safe. Make sure the walls, doors, and windows are impenetrable to predators.
  • Good air circulation is key. Either use strong fencing for the walls or have a few windows with strong wire over it. That way air can move around, but critters can’t get in and out.
  • Chickens like dust baths. For this, all you need is a large litter pan. Fill it with wood ash and they’ll have a blast.
  • If winters get below freezing where you are, investing in heaters is a good option.
  • Decide which breed you want. Here are a few productive types: Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Australorps and Orpingtons.
  • Clean the coop regularly and enjoy the fresh eggs!

Check out Jenny’s outfit here: Carhartt Women’s Rowlesburg Sweatshirt, Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree, & Longsleeve Signature T-Shirt 

DIY: Tips for Beginning Horseback Riding

Carhartt and Horses

Carhartt and Horses

Carhartt and Horses

Carhartt and Horses

Carhartt and Horses

Carhartt and Horses

Carhartt and Horses

Carhartt and Horses

Carhartt and Horses

Tips for Beginning Horseback Riding
  1. Reach out to others. Horseback riding is a lot more fun with other people, and they have a lot they can teach you. The best way to improve is to listen to someone more knowledgeable than you, practice, and if possible, have them critique you. Never think that you can’t learn more. The easiest way to do this is by finding an instructor.
  2. Invest in a helmet. Make sure to get one that is ASTM/SEI-approved. This is one of the most important investments you can make. Horses are large and can be unpredictable, and that helmet can save your life.
  3. Wear the appropriate clothing. Long pants and boots are crucial. Bare legs can often lead to chaffing. Never wear open toed shoes. Boots are preferred because they give you traction and a slight heel can keep your foot from sliding around in the stirrup. Make sure the boots don’t have a steel toe. Check out Ellen’s riding outfit pictured above: Carhartt Women’s Briarwood Shirt, Marlinton Vest, & Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree.
  4. Introduce yourself to your horse. Make sure they can see you and that you don’t startle them. Extend your hand slowly towards his nose so he can smell you first. It’s like saying hello in horse language.
  5. Never assume that your horse is completely, 100% safe. No matter how trained he is or how well you get along, horses are prey animals first. They are going to act like that from time to time. It is better to always be ready than to assume everything will be fine. This is where that helmet can come in handy.
  6. Stay in open areas at first. Avoid low hanging branches, holes in the ground, and other obstacles until you’re more comfortable. The ball of your foot should rest in the stirrup. Hold the reins evenly with a slight bit of slack. Don’t hold the reins too tight, or you will hurt the horse’s mouth. Loosen up and let your body move with the horse. Keep your back straight and don’t hold your breath.
That sounds like a lot to remember, but just take things one step at a time. You’ll start to get the hang of it. You won’t be perfect overnight. Be patient with your horse and don’t forget to enjoy yourself.

“but I don’t think I would be near as happy working 9-5 in a suit”

Josey Butler rodeo and Carhartt

Josey Butler rodeo and Carhartt
Josey Butler rodeo and Carhartt

Josey Butler rodeo and Carhartt

Josey Butler rodeo and Carhartt
Josey Butler rodeo and Carhartt

Josey Butler rodeo and Carhartt

Josey Butler rodeo and Carhartt

Josey Butler rodeo and Carhartt

Josey Butler rodeo and Carhartt

Meet Josey Butler. She grew up on a rural Missouri cattle farm and now lives and works in Texas, training horses and competing in rodeos. Josey is a fireball if I’ve ever met one. So much skill and determination flow from her as she steps into the arena. She’s confident and bold. Her horses knows who’s boss. She’s authoritative and filled with compassion and understanding at the same time. The relationship with a horse and his master is so complex and unlike anything else. When I asked Josey to explain that connection to me, I was blown away by her response.

“Being the weird horse girl growing up has taken me places nationally a lot of people will never see. It’s extremely hard work, people think you just ride horses all day, and there is so much more too it than that. You have to be a part time vet and part time therapist to a 1200 lb animal who can’t just tell you what’s wrong. You have to be a carpenter, plumber, electrician, and mechanic because things don’t always malfunction during business hours, and running a horse training facility relies on all those things daily. You’re also an accountant and secretary because the government still wants taxes, and there is an amazing amount of paperwork involved in both billing and accounts payable when your entering events and such. On the other hand when you’re recieving checks, or an award for a job well done for a client, or even just sitting on a great horse at the end of the day, watching the sunset– it’s unbelievably satisfying. Most people who train in the horse industry never end up on the cover of Forbes but I don’t think I would be near as happy working 9-5 in a suit.”

A life and career driven by passion and a solid work ethic is worth the sweat. Find what drives you and make it happen. Be grateful for the little things you do day-to-day that remind you why you’ve chosen the path you’re on. Find joy in the sunsets.

see Josey’s work gear here: Carhartt Women’s Norfolk Henley, Marlinton Vest, & Carhartt Women’s Jasper Jeans

Sarah Thevenot of Stubb’s BBQ

Stubbs and Carhartt

Stubbs and Carhartt

Stubbs and Carhartt

Stubbs and Carhartt

Stubbs and Carhartt

Stubbs and Carhartt

Stubbs and Carhartt

Stubbs and Carhartt

Stubbs and Carhartt

Stubbs and Carhartt

Welcome to hell’s half acre, folks! That’s the affectionate way Stubb referred to what is now the location of Stubb’s BBQ in Austin. It is the place for good BBQ, good beer, and good music. So much history is jam packed into that joint. Stubb, respected war veteran and a real good cook,
opened up his first restaurant in 1968. It was all about that hickory pit and the blues. Legends like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, and Willie Nelson all played there.

Even though Stubb passed a few years back, his spirit lives on in the food and the work ethic that drives the place now. Sarah, pictured above, started off as a bartender at Stubb’s and eventually worked her way up the ladder. She’s now the Special Events and Catering Director. There’s nothing like hard work to get you where you want to go.

shop Sarah’s look: Huron Shirt, Clarkston Cami, Curvy-Fit Tomboy Pant

Megan from the Cotton Gin in Lubbock

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Texas farm life

Farm blood runs thick. Just ask Megan. She works in her family’s cotton gin in Lubbock, Texas. From bud to bale, they makes sure to their product is up to par. Carhartt helps them get the job done, whether they’re covered in mud in an irrigation ditch or spending time on time out on the land.

shop Megan’s look here: women’s Medford jacketSignature Teewomen’s Medford bib overallEl Paso cropped pantCalumet Tee, & Huron shirtTomboy hooded vestWellington boot 

The Women of Dalby Ranch in Post, Texas

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

Ranch life and Carhartt

In ranch life, family is everything. Just ask the ladies of Dalby Ranch in Post, Texas. Since it’s beginning in 1901, it’s been around for 5 generations. To beat the Texas heat, the girls are wearing Carhartt Force shirts. Working outdoors in southern temperatures can be pretty intense, so the moisture wicking technology and stain releasing fabrics of Force make the workday more enjoyable. We’re sure a little dirt and sweat never scared you before, but with Force on your side, it won’t even cross your mind.