The Simple Life Blog Hop

The Simple Life Blog Hop

It’s been a while since I participated in a blog hop, but in an everlasting search for simplicity this summer I felt like Viva Carlos’ topic this week was very appropriate:

Other than money, what would make your horse life simpler?

My completely realistic answer is that I wish my barn was closer to either where I lived or worked.  It’s a hike from either location unfortunately, and sometimes the 40 minute drive takes more motivation than it should for me to get out there.  I’m not going to move Simon though, he’s happy and doing well where he is.  Just a first world problem gripe!


In the fantasy world where all of Lauren’s problems are fixed, I wish my horse would just be sound all of the time.  We’re still dabbling in an occasional NQR land (in my opinion) and it weighs on my mind.  He’s not lame, but I don’t believe he’s the best he can be.  I’ve experienced it long enough that I’m formulating an action plan to be updated at a later time, but life sure would be simpler if his hocks weren’t fugly and his stifles weren’t special!


Really though, I can’t complain much.  I have a gentle, kind horse that I love.  I’m happy with my barn and trainer, and I can support some level of this crazy horse world financially with the help of my job and my husband… what more can I ask for?

8 thoughts on “The Simple Life Blog Hop

  1. It’d probably be the simplest of all if we didn’t ride…. Buttt we all know we will never do that!

  2. I so relate to you Lauren! Although my new barn with my yet-t0-be-filled stall is only 10 miles from home. I wanted it to be within 5 since I drive 80 miles round trip to work. Reading All Gear No Skill’s comment about going 70 miles makes me feel like a baby.

    And you’re so right about the “first world problem.” I think about that frequently. When I think of all the annoyances in my life, I really have nothing to complain about. I turn on the news and am humbled by what is happening in other parts of the world. I have much to be thankful for. 🙂

  3. The driving part would definitely be hard. It’s so frustrating when something feels just a tiny bit off. It seems like pretty much all horses have something just NQR whether it’s from body soreness, stiffness, arthritis, or something else. Just like us I guess 🙂

  4. Wouldn’t it be simpler if we could just beam ourselves back and forth? I’m about to add a few minutes to my commute, but it will be worth it in the end.

  5. I know it’s stressful living in NQR land, but really, think about yourself- are you quite right? My guess is no. I’m 25 and I’m definitely in NQR land constantly. Maybe even really not quite right land… but I carry on. I mean sitting around and doing nothing actually makes all of those ouchies worse! I truly believe 100% sound is a fiction, for both horse and animal. All you can do is work to keep you and the pony as comfortable as you can be, and just make sure the work you are doing isn’t overly straining on his physical limits- which you’ve been doing, so you’re a good momma!

    Other than that rant, I agree- I love how close my barn is now, and one of the problems with moving to my trainer’s barn is the increased distance… I’m really not looking forward to that…

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