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Equestrian Blogs You Should Be Reading If You Aren’t Part II

It’s been well over a year since my first SMTT pseudo-blogging awards post, and with so many new blogs sprouting up I figured it was time for an update.  Some of these may be new to you, and some aren’t… but here’s my list of favorites circa 2014.  If I haven’t listed you, it doesn’t mean I hate or don’t read your blog.  I always keep a list of favorites in my side bar and I read and (try to) comment on oh so many blogs.  Love the blogging community!

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Favorite Blog of my Not So Favorite Discipline – Alchemy Eventing
We know eventing isn’t really my jam, but there are several eventing blogs that I really like.  One of these blogs is Alchemy Eventing!  I identify (and am sure others can too) with Lindsey taking a green Thoroughbred and trying to make the best of showing, training and life.  With school, life, finances and etc I like reading this blog because I just know (and still know) the feeling of juggling to make riding happen in your life and really respect those who persevere to do so.

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Best Adventures with a Baby Horse and Badass Hunter/Jumper Princess Blog – Diary of a Horse Obsessed Girl
Somewhat newer to me, but I really really like Diary of a Horse Obsessed Girl.  She breaks so many hunter/jumper stereotypes by keeping her horses at home, working full time and doing a ton of stuff herself.  Plus she just got a really nice jumper baby, and reading about her journey with him is educational and enlightening.  Very much worth checking out!

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Bloggers I Live Vicariously Through – Pia’s & Prarie’s Parade and Confessions of a Wanna Be Jumper
I’ll admit, every time the lovely Prair of Pia’s & Prarie’s Parade goes to a horse show I’m both jealous and on the edge of my seat.  That kind of showing (and lovely horse) is my ultimate goal one day, so I just like reading about the experience.  Plus Gingham is open and gives insights to a world not many of us know!  Also in this category is the very new to me blog, Confessions of a Wannabe Jumper.  It has all the right elements to lead to an exciting blog… fancy big name trainer (who I thought I had figured out but now am confused), 1.0m+ jumpers, big time horse shows… plus the writing is excellent!

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Something for Everyone Plus Puppies! – The Owls Approve
I think Beka’s The Owls Approve is probably one of the most under appreciated (mostly) equestrian blogs out there.  She can be incredibly funny, is a good writer and has this fantastic relationship with her horse.  Archie’s best interests are always in the foreground, and I love discovering their relationship through the blog.  This is a great place to get ideas from a new perspective (coconut oil… who knew?) , gorgeous dog photos and a warm & fuzzy feeling watching a great horse and rider pair.

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Wolfpack in the House Shoutout – House on a Hill
Back in the day, I rode on the NCSU Equestrian team with Britt from House on a Hill.  I was pleasantly surprised to stumble onto her blog one day, and have been an avid follower ever since.  She has a gorgeous horse, Foster, who she competes in eventing with and has all kind of graphic design and photography talents.  Definitely a pleasing blog to follow!

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Sister From Another Mister – Fly On Over
Tracy from Fly On Over may be my internet doppleganger, and I’m totally okay with it.  We are very similar in a lot of ways, and she writes an excellent blog to boot!  Follow her journey with Miles in the hunter/jumper world or general equestrian topics, but this is one of my favorites.

Equine Blogosphere Newbie – The $900 Facebook Pony
I would like to credit myself for Amanda’s fantastic $900 Facebook Pony blog since we used to board together, but the truth of the matter is she’s a great blogger and has a ton of really unique ideas.  This is your place to go for hunter/jumper fashion and tack info (all the sales!) plus she has an adorable OTTB and a lot of horse knowledge.  Definitely a great new blogger!

What about you?  What are your “never miss” blogs?

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Happy Things Hop – Nooks & Crannies

Joining the blog hop world again!  I know there are a lot of ‘hops’ around lately, and this one is going to run a bit differently.  First, it is not 100% necessarily equestrian themed (totally up to interpretation).   Second, I’m not committing to weekly or any strict timelines.  I’ll leave the participation open for a long time, so if you feel like hopping… hop!  If you don’t… don’t ;)

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Let’s share things that make us happy!  Today, let’s talk about the little nooks & crannies in your house that make you smile.

I’ve been at my current house for over three years, which is the longest I’ve been settled in one place since high school.  Even through all that moving, there are always some consistents where I live that make me smile.

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This stained glass whale is something my aunt & uncle gave me when I was a kid.  Like most kids, I was kind of obsessed with whales… I used to hold my breath in the pool to train for my future career at Sea World (true story).  Though I’m not a marine biologist now, I like this little guy.  He always hangs in a window and reminds me of the North Carolina coast… even though it has no humpback whales at all.  Now he lives above my plethora of dog medicines, so I see him every day when I feed the livestock.

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My fridge is a mix of happy and coupons… mostly happy because I love to put a coupon here and then forget about it until it expires.  Here you can see some photos of us and our family, including itty bitty Lauren at a NCSU game when I was 4 or 5 which I keep on the fridge because it reminds me of my Dad.  I’m also a magnet junkie, so we have a bunch of nerdy magnets as well as all things Boston Terrier.  The Lorax is actually a postcard from the Dr. Seuss memorial garden, which is the only awesome thing about Springfield, MA.

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Everywhere I’ve lived, I’ve kept the ribbons somewhere in sight.  This used to be the traditional ribbon string on the wall, but now I’ve upgraded to shoving them in a jar.  Also keep a few models in this corner, and the ‘Upton Stables’ is actually a hand made sign that went on the model horse barn my late grandfather made me when I was a kid.  The barn is in storage, but I’ve kept the sign with me.

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Once upon a time, I used to be an artist.  This is my favorite piece ever.  It’s a scratchboard, so all of the white hairs are actually ticks scratched off the paper.  Once upon a time it won a bunch of awards and stuff, but now it hangs in our house and reminds me that maybe I should try to do art again one day?

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Finally, we have a rather newish collection of happy with an old favorite.  I’m referring to the barracuda puppet on the right.  I got him on my second trip to Prague, which is kind of a story in itself.  The short version is, there is this amazing puppet show in Prague, CZ.  I went there on my first trip, and was AMAZED but thought “oh these are all too expensive for me” and didn’t buy anything.  I got back and regretted that decision, so when I was back in the country I dragged my husband to the puppet shop and squealed in delight.

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The below pictures aren’t super related to the post, but they make me happy so in the general theme I’ll share.

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Basically, the shop is a treasure trove of wonders.  Almost every puppet is hand made by Czech artisans.  The sales person told me the eyes of my fish are from glass that’s a hundred years old… which maybe she lied to make the sale, but I don’t care.

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The puppets make me happy and I love my puppet.

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So those are my happy little nooks & crannies!  I’d love to hear about yours as well.  If you want to hop, grab the code here and join in.

Life & horses in the Lone Star State

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