Move over Kaley Cuoco, because Amber Marshall is living that #farmlife and I’m #fangirling.
After loving the show Heartland for years — and reviewing it several times as seen here and here — I was given the amazing opportunity to interview its star, Amber Marshall. Amber was actually my very first interview for Horse Nation way back in 2013. Since then I have never stopped loving the show or the actress, especially now that she is constantly bombarding my social media with idyllic scenes from her real life farm.
She shows horses working:
From Amber Marshall’s website, “My husband Shawn decided it was time to get another horse. He grew up in a Rodeo family and has had horses all his life. When he moved out west to be with me he left rodeo behind. Now that he has started Team Roping again he thought he better get a horse of his own. Nitro is out of High Brow Cat; a famous cutting horse, and is very cowy! Because of Nitro’s petite size, Shawn will be mostly using him as a Heel Horse for team roping… But that doesn’t stop me from taking a few cutting lessons on him!”
Meet Cinch! I waited a little while to introduce him because we wanted to hold back something fun for the newest magazine. He is an 11 year old bay Quarter Horse who has been teaching me to rope. He knows his job so well and allows me to focus on my swing and handle as he gets into position on the cow. More details in my Life & Style magazine. I will put his bio on my website soon. #AmbersHorseCinch A photo posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
When his mind starts to get worked up roping, we take a break and park in the middle. Since I’m easily bored he then has to put up with me working on my swing. #AmbersHorseCash #HesLazy #DoingNothingisHisFavouriteJob A photo posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
“Cash was only 2 months old when he and his mom came to board with me for the summer of 2009. I instantly fell in love with this easy going buckskin. He is all grown up now and we continue to have many adventures together!” ~ Amber Marshall
One of last nights runs with our friend Lane at his ranch. Thanks Glen who also took this video. #AmbersHorseCinch #TeamRopingAtLanes #TwoFeetFolks #TheHeelersSingle ? P.S. For a good breakfast idea check out Lanes Recipe in my newest magazine. Yes Ladies, he makes breakfast too. A video posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
She shows her #horsehusband:
Fun weekend roping again. Shawn and Lane did quite well, winning a few new things to add to the tack room. My horse Cinch and I were not quite on our game, well I wasn’t I guess… He was awesome as always. ? A photo posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
How cute are these two! Mouzer loves Shawn. Follows him around the yard everywhere. It was chilly last night so Shawn gave him a warm place to hang out while we did chores. A photo posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
Mouzer was on Heartland, portraying a kitten in Amy’s coat. Amy describes him as, “Mouzer is our house cat. He loves to cuddle at night and will take up most of the bed.”
What an incredible day at our team roping finals. Shawn and I came in 3rd and not only won some cash, but these beautiful cool-out fleece blankets! So proud of my husband, his horse Nitro and my rockstar Cinch… who was absolutely on fire today. ?? #ShawnsHorseNitro #AmbersHorseCinch #TeamRoping A photo posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
She loves her barn dogs and cats:
A pic I took the other day while sitting with the pack. I love my dogs expressions. ? #AmbersDogRemi #AmbersCatTurner #AmbersDogChina #AmbersCatGilman A photo posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
Remi and Gilman are well known to Heartland fans. Remi plays Georgie’s dog and Gilman plays the cat seen often in the vet clinic. China was a rescue dog. “China was a member of a feral dog pack running on a reserve. I adopted her from ‘Pets For Life Rescue’ who found her and sister cowering under an abandon building. Her sister Lucy was also adopted by a family in Calgary,” she says on her website. Turner is another rescue. “I found her one day while we were filming in the town of ‘Turner Valley.’ She was a small kitten in the litter a stray cat had left behind a run down shed. I scooped her out and decided she needed a good home.”
Happy 6th birthday to our Shepherd Remi! #AmbersDogChina #AmbersDogRemi A photo posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
She has arguably the cutest calf on the planet:
It’s raining today! Yay!!! (It hasn’t rained in a month, so we need it) here is a family photo of my cows Jewel and Summer and their babies Jade and Thunder. (I know the purple blanket isn’t very manly for poor Thunder, but it’s the only one that fit him) ? A photo posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
Im really not sure how he got in there…. But he seemed quite proud of himself when I came over and lifted him out. #AmbersJerseyThunder A photo posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
Feeling a little Bullish this morning. ??#AmbersJerseyThunder A video posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
And she shows her horses just loving life in general:
Good to be home. ❤️ #AmbersHorseTalon #AmbersHorseScreech A photo posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
These are two of my favorites on Amber’s Instagram. She describes Talon as, “The boss of the herd. He loves to pick on my horse Cash, usually pulling his tail or grabbing his neck and hanging from it. Hawk is his best friend and they are usually side by side.” Screech was brought in as a friend for Talon. “This little palomino is quite the handful! I brought Screech home because I felt like my other miniature horse needed a friend of his own size! Talon and Screech are now the best of friends and I’ve started working with this guy to build his confidence so I can begin to drive him and have kids ride him like I do with Talon.”
The Cash man. #AmbersHorseCash A video posted by Amber Marshall (@amber_marshall_farm) on
Hawk shares a birthday with Amber and had the honor of carrying her down the aisle on her wedding day.
For more fun facts and loads of beautiful pictures, check out Amber Marshall’s website.
When I retire, can I please go live on Amber Marshall’s farm?