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Year: 2014

2nd Blogaversary – SEO Factoids

2nd Blogaversary – SEO Factoids

Quick tutorial for those who may or may not be super down with online marketing – SEO means Search Engine Optimization… aka people finding your site through Google.  When I first started this blog, I paid close attention to it with naming blog titles and URLs and the kind of content I wrote.  In 2014 I didn’t focus as much, and therefore got some screwy results. Bad online marketer Lauren, bad bad bad. Still, it’s fun to pull numbers and…

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Conformation Comparison – 2013 to 2014

Conformation Comparison – 2013 to 2014

I’ve noticed something about my creature lately – he’s turning into kind of a hunk.  Granted, I’m partial because I would love this horse if he was skinny and beat with an ugly stick (in fact, I did fall in love when he looked like that) but I seriously think he’s looking good this year. The first thing I noticed was that his bum no longer fits as well in his blankets as it did last year.  This is not exciting,…

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2nd Blogaversary – Blog Statistics

2nd Blogaversary – Blog Statistics

It’s that time of the year again… roughly somewhat near when I started blogging ‘for serious’ back in 2012! Since another year happens to have gone by at the end of the year, these summary type posts work out pretty well 🙂 Last year, I ran some 2013 blog stats and numbers that I found interesting and half assed some infographics for them.  This year, I figured “go big or go home!” With that, I present to you epic Infographic…

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Pick Yourself Up

Pick Yourself Up

I’m calling “the slumps” over.  This is due to two reasons. One, I had an amazing private lesson last Thursday night.  It was one of those lessons where the individual attention leads to a big “Ah-ha” moment, which means that the lesson will last far, far long than the half hour I paid for.  Basically, I learned that I was both over and under communicating. See, we’ve pushed our flatwork to the next level recently.  Lots of trot work in…

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Equestrian Gift Showcase – Gigi & Tea

Equestrian Gift Showcase – Gigi & Tea

Monogram is a lifestyle, and that is totally apparent in the equestrian world this year with the rise of vinyl monogram shops.  Turns out, you can monogram everything!  Breeches?  Check!  Helmet? Double check!  There are lots of stores out offering these services, but I choose today’s feature based off of great customer service experienced by friends of mine plus super quick, friendly communication with Hannah herself! Helmet monograms are quite individual. Are you big and swirly?  Me personally, I’m small &…

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The Owls Approve Blog Hop – History of the Horse

The Owls Approve Blog Hop – History of the Horse

I don’t usually do blog hops, but when I do it’s because we’re celebrating Bold Archer’s birthday! History of the Horse Before you met, where was your horse? Who bred him/her? What do you know about his sire and his dam? What do you know where he came from? Tell me about the time before he had a trainer. Simon was bred in the San Marcos area of Texas, which is just a bit south of Austin.  He is registered…

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Equestrian Gift Showcase – Tara Kiwi

Equestrian Gift Showcase – Tara Kiwi

There was a great showcase earlier this week with fine, chic equestrian apparel and today I’ve got another one!  Tara Kiwi, contemporary equestrian apparel, was new to me when Fly On Over suggested that I check them out for the showcase.  Browsing the site, I liked what I saw.  Lots of fun equestrian designs in a variety of colors and styles! Right off the bat, I was drawn to the very fashionable cut and shape with a cute equestrian flair. Business owner…

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Real Equine Professionals – Richie Moloney

Real Equine Professionals – Richie Moloney

Ever since I started the equestrian careers series, I’ve wanted to interview a Grand Prix jumper.  Sorry dressage folks and eventers, but to me equestrian fame is stepping in the International jumper ring!  I grew up idolizing Frank Chapot and Beezie Madden and Margie Engle, and I have no doubt that today’s interviewee will be idolized by young equestrians as well! So I’m excited to bring you these interview questions from Richie Moloney, Irish show jumper now residing in Wellington,…

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Equestrian Gift Showcase – One Horse

Equestrian Gift Showcase – One Horse

It was from the retail savvy blog of the $900 Facebook Pony where I first learned of the cool designs that are One Horse.  I love horses and horse clothing, but tend to go for the more subtle equestrian look than LOOK THERE’S A GIANT PONY ON EVERYTHING I OWN. One Horse has trendy + equestrian + subtle down with their designs, at least in my opinion!  Here are some of my favorite designs, which I can go ahead and tell…

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The Slumps

The Slumps

I am in the slumps right now.  ‘The’ slumps is a lot like a slump, but it takes an article and a plural because there are more than one. Typically in December, I lose a lot of riding motivation.  This is normal, and I step back from my usual 4-5 times a week to a more 2-3 times a week.  I just tell myself that we’ve been working really hard, and it’s okay to take a step back and give…

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OTTB Spotlight – Moe

OTTB Spotlight – Moe

Moe’s owner, Stephanie of Hand Gallop, sent his formal title – Moe Sillypants – in for today’s OTTB spotlight! What is his registered name? Richnfree Lineage? Richrichrich x Feelingfancyfree; Moe doesn’t have many interesting or fancy relatives. His sire’s sire, Rich Cream was fairly successful and set a new record for 7 furlongs at Hollywood Park. His most notable ancestor is Turn-To, a British-bred stallion who is found in the pedigrees of many successful Thoroughbred sporthorses. Turn-To is found 3…

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Equestrian Gift Showcase – Loriece

Equestrian Gift Showcase – Loriece

I am really excited about today’s showcase company.  Plus, they have been super generous and donated a beautiful item for a giveaway… but don’t scroll to the bottom and ruin the surprise! Today we feature Loriece!  At first the name was new to me as well, but now this company has a very firm place on my ‘want’ list.  Loriece has a wide variety of jewelry and accessories “made for riders by a rider”, and their product offerings are absolutely beautiful.  I had such a…

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