You’ve seen the commercial….
Scenes of a couple holding hands while horseback riding into the sunset, snuggling by the campfire together and staring up at the stars in the bed of a pickup truck.
These picturesque scenarios spoke right to my heart and said, “You too, can have all this…at FarmersOnly.com.”
So, being single in the country, I signed up for the online rural dating site and submitted my profile.
Side note: Although the site is called famersonly.com, it is for anyone who enjoys the country lifestyle such as cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers and other animal loving, outdoorsy folk. I checked to see if there was a singlecowboys.com, no such luck.
As I scrolled through profiles pictures of single guys, I noticed majority of the pics included an animal or some kind of machinery.
A guy with his truck. Or tractor. Or a guy with his dog. Or horse. Or the ultimate…a guy with a horse and a dog.
In no time, I came across a certain profile pic that stopped me mid-scroll.
It was a guy in a cowboy hat holding the lead ropes of three beautiful horses and two cute dogs sitting at his feet. PERFECT.
My mind quickly jumped to merging our furry families and I pictured our future together, complete with my dog and two horses. Our Christmas card would be adorable.
Without delay, I clicked on his profile. Mutual virtual winks were exchanged followed by emails over the next few days. There was country chemistry, so we decided to meet in person.
We decided to meet at his ranch because it’s a well known property that’s open to the public so I felt safe. Plus, I trust my intuition and I had a good feeling about this guy.
I pulled up to the ranch place and my jaw dropped. Gorgeous white fences, pristine paddocks and a tree lined driveway…he had quite the spread.
As soon as I saw his four-door dually pull up to the main gate, I knew I was in trouble. How did he know I have a thing for duallys? My heart started to race.
Feeling nervous and excited, I took a deep breath.
He got out of his truck, flashed a big smile and we exchanged greetings. I was blushing. He had me at “howdy”.
From the Stetson hat to the Wrangler jeans, he looked just like his online pictures. This was a good thing.
He took me on a tour of the ranch and right off the bat he showed me his indoor arena…it was HUGE. I swooned, I couldn’t help myself, the footing was perfect! Fantasies of horseback riding together began to canter though my head.
To seal the deal, he walked me to the back pastures and showed me his ten foals.
Most of them were four to six weeks old. My heart went pitter-patter and a warm fuzzy feeling took over. The foal goggles officially kicked in. This guy was good. Talk about a way to win a horsewoman over…showing her foals on a first date! He knew exactly what he was doing.
We then ventured to the local watering hole where we played horseshoes outside while sipping Coors Light.
Our conversation included typical date topics such as, “Ford or Chevy?”, “Does your horse do flying lead changes?”, “What rodeos did you go to this year?”
Then it got personal such as, “Who’s your farrier and which vet do you use?”
As the evening winded down, he tipped back his hat, smiled and asked when he could see me again.
It was a match made in rural heaven.
We proceeded to go out a few more times although it soon became clear that we were headed down different trails in life. We eventually rode our separate ways which was for the best.
I thank FarmersOnly.com for expanding my horizons and giving me hope. Living in the country is a unique lifestyle and I’m keeping my heels down, eyes up and heart open for someone to share it with.
How about you, have you ever tried an online “niche” dating site? What was your experience? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below…
Country Juliet seeking horseback riding Romeo,