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Author: Lauren Mauldin

I write about the things I love, the people I miss and the animals that have been by my side through it all.
When Poet Threw a Temper Tantrum and Got the Opposite of What He Wanted

When Poet Threw a Temper Tantrum and Got the Opposite of What He Wanted

I’ve had exactly one lesson in 2021. It was a great one, but feels like ancient history. Let me set the stage. It’s a brand new year. We still have feelings of hope and optimism that the shit show that was 2020 is behind us. There hasn’t even been an attack on democracy yet. Times are good. Austin got some rain, and then some snow. It wasn’t the snow, just the pre-game one. But either way, it left the barn…

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I’ve Been Afraid of My Own Blog

I’ve Been Afraid of My Own Blog

Well y’all, it’s been a minute. The other day I chatted with L when she made a comment about her blog hitting a ten year anniversary milestone. That number seemed crazy to me. Ten years?! Ten years we’ve been writing about our horses? Surely I hadn’t reached that. But I looked, and I had. I started SMTT in 2010, though it had scattered posts back then. Still, technically I was at ten years. Eleven, really. There are a lot of…

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Baby Po’s First Horse Show

Baby Po’s First Horse Show

With how crazy and sad this year has been, I’ve been actively searching for things to look forward to so I don’t totally slump into a massive depression (you know, more than I already am). Since I brought Po home to Texas last summer, he hasn’t stepped foot off the property. I’ve been meaning to find a show to take him to to hang out with no expectations, but his feet were either not doing well or I felt poor…

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Five Years

Five Years

I’ve had it with being a professional griever. Five years ago today, my husband Tim died. In case you’re a new reader, it wasn’t expected or peaceful or anything like a Nicholas Spark’s novel. It was a raw, real drug overdose. I found him. I called 911, and did the chest compressions even though the second I touched him, I knew. In the five years following that it’s almost comical the things that I’ve lost. All of the three dogs…

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The New Status Quo

The New Status Quo

Are we on month 3 or 300 of covid life? It’s hard for me to keep track. My life is divided into segments now. Corporate job, Plaid Horse job, the never-ending task of feeding myself (so. much. cooking.), social distancing friendship and of course—the barn. And the barn looks a lot different now. I was put on part-time hours for my corporate job about three weeks ago now, which means that all of Poet’s training rides and lessons stopped. Ordinarily…

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Pascale

Pascale

I have been putting off this post. Every time I think about writing it, I start to crumble again. Throughout all of these losses y’all have read about in the past five years, I’ve always tried to approach them head on. Acknowledge the pain, be honest and open with you. But with Pascale, I haven’t been able to do that. It hurts too much. On Wednesday, April 22nd I said goodbye to Pascale. When the pain came for her, it…

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The Delicate Balance of Being

The Delicate Balance of Being

I never thought I’d live in a time when one minute I’d be reviewing the modeling on the number of deaths in Texas, and the next I’d think, I should really mow the grass before it rains. I don’t have to tell you how unsettling this juxtaposition of pandemic and “normal” life is. We’re all living it. The lucky ones, which I still currently am, have kept our jobs and work from home. Our meetings still run, deadlines arrive. We…

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Palliative Care for Inoperable Osteosarcoma with Holistic Vet Medicine

Palliative Care for Inoperable Osteosarcoma with Holistic Vet Medicine

Since the world is focused on the coronavirus right now, I thought I’d shed some light on something more uplifting… cancer! Pascale has officially passed the 30 day mark after her diagnosis of osteosarcoma in the base of her skull. While this post doesn’t offer anything in terms of literature or humor (okay, maybe a little humor), I did feel like it’s important to document what I’m trying to do to help her. To refresh, Pascale was diagnosed in early…

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