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Month: April 2015

So You Want to Blog? – Part IV: Content

So You Want to Blog? – Part IV: Content

I’m running out of ideas for our blogging series.  So far we’ve covered getting started, layout and SEO.  Today I’m taking a stab at the most important, but also the most personal part of blogging – your content. A blog’s content is what makes it unique, and I’m certainly never going to tell someone what they should or shouldn’t blog about. That is your decision as a writer and content creator.  I mean… think about all the different blogs you…

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Giving Yourself Credit

Giving Yourself Credit

I’m dealing with a lot of mental shenanigans with my riding lately.  The good news is, I feel like I’m winning the war.  The bad news… well, there are lots of battles in a war! Due to a scheduling snafu (if you call someone changing show dates after they publish the ‘official’ list on their FB page a snafu… grrr), I’m showing much earlier than I planned to in May. I’m also going to have to show straight in the 2’6″…

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Red on Black

Red on Black

Sometimes blogging is a chore. Last week I had 0 motivation to get content up.  While I usually have several posts in a queue in case there’s nothing current to say, my well ran dry last week and I had no desire to build it back up.  This week I actually do have some post ideas, but spending some r&r time with the husband is more important. So you get my handsome Simon. The post processing on these is pretty…

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How to Start Getting Your Mojo Back

How to Start Getting Your Mojo Back

I’ve had several lessons and good rides since ‘the incident‘, but even so nothing has felt quite normal.  Either I’ve been worried or Simon has seem worried (most likely because I am). I’ve been riding defensively and either going too fast, too slow, leaning or getting left behind.  Nothing tragic has happened, but nothing has really felt good either. The derby ended up getting entirely cancelled due to rain, which I have mixed feelings about.  However after my lesson on…

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Calling All Tack Hos

Calling All Tack Hos

These are going to be the least satisfying pictures of something I’ve ever put up on my blog.  You’ve been warned! Magic unicorn bridle arrived yesterday, and I set it on Simon last night after our lesson.  The verdict?  I think the fit is pretty ideal! An earless bonnet is thrown in for your viewing pleasure, because I’m still trying to get the perfect fit of that too. Anyway, I didn’t bit up the bridle since it was after our…

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I’m So Excited

I’m So Excited

And I just can’t hide it. Today, let’s talk about the Euro.  You all read the post where I went a little tack ho crazy and bought a smancy bridle from France since the Euro was low.  I have it in my hands as of today, and will give this glorious piece of leather its own post in the future (pray it fits the pony… it looks large). So while I’m all like YAY CHEAP LESS EXPENSIVE BRIDLE, my best friend…

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Weigh In Wednesday – Optimistic Meh?

Weigh In Wednesday – Optimistic Meh?

It’s been a while since I touched base about my health goals for the year, so I figured now was as good of a time as ever. I also just re-read all the comments on the last Weigh In Wednesday post that I wrote, which make me feel really encouraged in a time that I need it.  Can’t express just how much I love all the great things all you readers tend to leave on this blog! Anyway… When we…

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Walking My Creatures

Walking My Creatures

Last Sunday when it was too wet to ride, I ventured out to the farm anyway since my trainer texted and said it was dry enough to trail ride around the property.  All morning I had been in a particularly foul mood, and I figured some pony time would help. During my hour+ commute to the barn where I encountered crazy stop and go traffic and a gigantic cycling race, I started to doubt my idea to leave my dwelling of grumpiness….

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DIY Post Fail

DIY Post Fail

I’ll be the first to admit it – this is one of those rare times where I’m not feeling very prolific. We’ve had a lot of rain, and even a little of this… So there’s not been a ton going on in the horse front.  I wasn’t able to ride at all on Saturday, and Sunday lessons were cancelled due to the crazy thunderstorm of death the night before.  We did make it out to the barn for a little…

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Get Some Junk In the Trunk

Get Some Junk In the Trunk

Simon and I are doing My Fitness Pal.  I’m counting calories to reduce my mass, and he needs to gain some… at least I think so. Let me present you with some photos taken this week on the exact same day. One of these photos makes me think my horse needs to gain some weight, because of the obvious ribs.  The other photo is passable to me, but since I know how close they were taken it’s not like he…

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Why I Like Equine Dentists

Why I Like Equine Dentists

Simon had his teefs done yesterday.  I was told he had a lovely mouth, and typically only needs routine stuff done.  This is great, because there are many other parts of his body that aren’t quite so lovely. The dentist said that some of the head flipping I’ve seen during my recent rides could be attributed to his teeth.  It had been 13 months, so they weren’t terrible by any means but he had some irritating rubbing on his tongue on…

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Making Amends

Making Amends

I walked to the barn for my lesson last night with my positivity hat on.  I also immediately walked to a lovely group of barn ladies enjoying Sangria, and I had a glass. I figured Sangria could only help our situation. (P.S. I have no media so enjoy these random faces of Simon while I tried to take a picture of his new bonnet I made) Simon brought his A-game too.  He actually trotted up to me in the pasture, which…

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