Why I Blog

A little sappiness to celebrate the 150th blog post on A Gift Horse.

Why I Blog:
Spring of 2013 my green bean hunter mare came up short in her back hind. No heat, no swelling, and not really a specific point it was lame in. She got time off, she saw vets, she saw saddle fitters, and yet she continued to be mysteriously lame in the back.

I was newly married, with a husband who had never in his twenty odd years paid as much for a horse as I already had…his own chestnut mare had never put a foot whole in her 12 years. We clashed a lot over what to do with our little problem pony. At one point I even broke down and decided I had to get rid of her. All it took was a phone call from my father, telling me how stupid it was to give up that quickly, to set me back on the right path.

I asked my husband what the real problem was, and he said it was simply that I couldn’t let it go, and that it was affecting all areas of my life too much. So I sat down one night and drew up the basics for this blog. I needed an escape from the sometimes harsh world that we live in, somewhere I could pour out my anger, confusion, frustration, and happiness with my little horse. And it really worked. With a designated place to put all my over-active emotions I was able to move on, focus my attention, and be happy again.

Now, after months of encouragement, rehab, love, and roughly 150 blog posts, my little bay mare and I are a little less green and on the path forward. I really enjoy being able to share our triumphs and failures with people as in love with horses and this lifestyle as we are. So I guess the reason I blog is, in all honesty, is to be relevant. To bring my story to life, to share, and also be apart of other people’s stories. Thank you for sharing, and being a part of O and I’s story.

So why do you blog?

O feeling good!

O feeling good!

19 thoughts on “Why I Blog

  1. I forget, too! I started blogging as a way to keep track of what I was doing with Shy. It has been nice, because I have been able to go back and see I did this at a certain time or whatever the case may be. And I take lots of photos, I can look back on those too, and they are in a timeline.
    Through blogging, I have found lots of support and encouragement that I never realized was out there.

  2. Great background! I know what you mean about horse happiness encroaching on non-horse aspects of your life. I blog because I love writing, and I enjoy the blogging community.

  3. Great to learn this about ya!!!

    I blog bc I wanted to have a journal of the journey Henry and I have 🙂 it’s a great easy way to compile everything 🙂

  4. The best part is that O is doing well now!
    I started blogging because I love reading other peoples blogs and thought I had something to share too. It is also never a bad thing to have a diary of sorts.

  5. The reason I started was similar to yours. I needed to be able to “tell” someone all my horsey stories, wants, worries and everything in between and my husband just wasn’t always the best listener for that. I mean he listened but he just didn’t get it like other horse crazy people do. Blogging has become a big part of my life both writing my own and reading others. I love feeling part of a somewhat private horse world where people don’t think I’m totally crazy for wanting to spend time with my horse more than just about anything else.

  6. I am blogging to remind myself that my life is full of adventures. Seeing it in writing and pictures keep me from thinking my life is mundane. Plus, it is a neat way to scrapbook for a non-crafty person. I am hoping it will keep track of my progress too, so that I realize where I start to further appreciate how far I go. I loved your post.

  7. I blog to record my progress and so I can look back through the memories. Sometimes it’s hard to remember how things used to be. I also use it, though, to organize my thoughts and think through problems.

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