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Jan. 6, 2012, 10:33 AM
Hi everyone! I keep seeing blogs in signature lines... thought it would be fun to start a blog-swap thread! Post a little intro of yourself and a link to your blog, I would love to check them out!

Here is my horse Pie's blog, a training journal mostly :)

Looking forward to reading & linking to your blogs!! :D

Jan. 6, 2012, 10:42 AM
I write about the various CANTER Mid Atlantic horses that I am retraining here- http://dixierumble.wordpress.com/ It's an illustration of the retraining process through pictures and videos. We show them from arrival until they are rehomed. I sometimes write about track visits and horses on our layup farm as well.

Jan. 6, 2012, 10:42 AM
Great idea - thanks! I love reading other people's training blogs. maybe somebody on here can help me post pictures to mine.

here's mine: http://irishendurancesports.blogspot.com/

It's also a training blog - I use it to help me guage my progress, especially when I think I haven't made any, and to help solidify things I learn in training in my mind. It started off being about both my horses, but sadly Sam has left me for a new mom, so now it's just about Oliver.

Intro: I am a lower level rider and will forever be a lower level rider, both by choice and by ability. Pony is a red-headed Trakehner gelding who's registered Oldenburg (?), 9 years old, and in the running for the Sandhill's oldest greenie. Due to no fault of his own, we are still at BN, but plan on moving up in the very near future. I have been eventing for over ten years, pony has evented for 3.

Jan. 6, 2012, 10:45 AM
I consider myself an adult amateur as I have a day job, but gave up my amateur status a couple years ago when I was teaching a couple lessons in exchange for lessons. I started blogging in 2008 when I was riding 2 horses down in Florida and my friends wanted to know how it was going. The blog now is mostly horses, but also includes running and random musings on life.


Jan. 6, 2012, 10:58 AM

I compete my 15.1, 9 year old, PMU rescue, Ben, at Novice, we're hoping for a Training move up this coming season, and hopefully an eventual Prelim move up. I guess you would call it a training journal but I often ramble on about other horse/eventing related topics :) Great thread!

Jan. 6, 2012, 11:14 AM
Hmm... might as well.

This blog was about two UL jumpers (one horse and one rider) transitioning to eventing. We competed successfully up to CCI1* and were about to move up to Intermediate when my mount had a suspensory injury. It is now about the tail end of that rehab process along with bringing along my homebred 3 yo from scratch to UL competition. Often times I will talk about my training practices, lessons from various team riders, and troubleshooting issues with greenies, complete with pictures and videos.

Jan. 6, 2012, 11:19 AM
I am a once and former organizer, and currently: owner of an advanced level eventer, owner of a novice eventer, wife of a rider of the novice eventer, and a combined driver at preliminary level.

My blog (sadly in need of being updated - maybe this will spur me on!) is http://amiddle-agedmadwomantakesthereins.blogspot.com

It's mostly about our horses, and few other things we do. I will be adding my experiences at the team manager for the national junior polocrosse team as we travel to New South Wales Australia this summer, as well as my continued struggle to teach a middle aged pony how to achieve left bend.

Divine Comedy
Jan. 6, 2012, 11:28 AM
I am adult ammie, finishing up my second stint in college this coming spring. Right now I'm in Area V, but I'll be moving up to Area II after graduating. About to move up to my first Advanced in February. I generally write about balancing school/riding and will continue to write about the balance it takes, as well as anything and everything horse related.


Jan. 6, 2012, 11:32 AM
Awesome! Thanks everyone!!!

Jan. 6, 2012, 11:43 AM
I am poor and started eventing last year. Poor Woman Showing. (http://poorwomanshowing.blogspot.com/) :D

Jan. 6, 2012, 01:00 PM
Scubed and JFCeventing's blogs to date... and looks like I might be adding some more.

Mine is mostly eventing but kind of runs the gamet... foxhunting, life, lessons, jumping, family rants, etc.

I try to write about something that is on my mind that moment... Like this weeks was about having a Twenty-Something have fun on my exuberant mare.


I am a Novice Master (over 50) Rider with the intentions of moving up to Training this year (after I find my lost confidence) and with the goals of Prelim.

Thanks for sharing your blogs...

Jan. 6, 2012, 01:28 PM
I am a working student for a BNT with two UL competition horses that I got as greenies. One is injured so it is some updates on him, and the other is currently down in FL with my trainer while I recover from a broken leg. So, part training and show journal, part musings from the sofa, and some horse stories from the last few years.

Skipjack Eventing (http://www.skipjackeventing.com)

Jan. 6, 2012, 01:36 PM
Mine is the training chronicles of Felix, my FjordX gelding, plus whatever other drivel I happen to want to talk about today. I try to post weekly, but it doesn't always happen! www.felixfjord.blogspot.com

Jan. 6, 2012, 01:36 PM
I write generally about training my Arabian mare, my $500. wonder pony Joy. We went to our first horse trial last year and loved it, so will be getting more experience at BN next year. I have had Joy since she was a yearling and have done all her training myself so I am pretty proud I can take her out and have her be a good girl.

I am currently pregnant so I have been posting less horse stuff and more general life/baby/farm stuff, but as I am able to ride more that will change.


Jan. 6, 2012, 01:39 PM
My blog is Equine Ink (http://www.equineink.com). I'm a foxhunter so my blog touches on that but mostly it's a way for me to write about anything that inspires me.

Every month I host the Blog Carnival of Horses (http://equineink.com/2012/01/02/welcome-to-the-january-blog-carnival-of-horses/) where I publish posts from any and all horse related blogs. It's a free way to get some added visibility for your blog and a great way to either find new readers or find new blogs. Feel free to submit your posts here (http://blogcarnival.com/bc/submit_3973.html).

As for me, I'm a 50-something rider who dabbled in dressage and eventing and finally found a permanent home out in the hunt field (with CANTEREOIN -- we hunt together!) I have an OTTB that I restarted myself who has turned into a really fun ride.

As someone who writes about technology for a living, I really enjoy the chance to write about something that is more fun!

I have two other semi-blogs that are horse related: TackGuru (http://www.tackguru.com) is a review site where I write about the products I like (and dislike) and EquestrianHow2 (http://www.equestrianhow2.com) is a new site where I try to answer the questions I hear all the time.

Jan. 6, 2012, 04:02 PM
Sure, I will shamelessly hawk my wares:

I'm an adult amateur in Area II and my blog focuses on the journey with my horses. I had to retire my competition partner last year indefinitely, and I now also have a 6 yo OTTB who is learning the ropes. I write it as part training journal but a big part is for all the people out there like me, trying to make it on their own with no money and no staff, related or otherwise. You can do it, even though the path might not be an easy one, and you can achieve meaningful goals.


Jan. 6, 2012, 06:40 PM
I'm kind of a do-nothing with my horse, but, here goes.

I'm 30, an adult semi-re-rider, with a coming-8 y/o SFxTB mare, redheaded in every way. I've had her for 4 years and broke her myself, and with some finessing from trainers, we are learning more and more all the time. The goal is to do some HTs/schooling shows of all sorts this year, although baby baby ones will be necessary because of her perpetual greenitude (my fault) and my unfounded anxieties (my fault).

Not much going on right now because we have no indoor arena :-\


Jan. 6, 2012, 07:30 PM
Here's mine.


It's mostly about my life with horses and life as a barn manager for a busy, busy barn. And life in general when it is full of horses and dogs and whatnot (as the current post shows! ;)) When I'm competing, it has a lot about that and the training, conditioning, frustrations and highs of it, and it also has some general random stuff in it, too. I was really bad with it last year, but have picked back up with it in the last few weeks. I love writing, so it is a nice outlet for that. I'm always baffled why I don't do it more after a long dry spell. :yes:

Jan. 6, 2012, 07:36 PM
Mine is http://eventer4life.wordpress.com
I don't post often, but when I do I write about competitions, lessons, etc. I have two horses moving up to Preliminary. Basically, a lot of pictures/videos with some words mixed in (:

Jan. 6, 2012, 09:48 PM
I need to update mine, but here it is! http://anniegreensprings.wordpress.com

Jan. 6, 2012, 10:36 PM
I guess I'll join in... :)

I'm new to the blog world, so there isn't much to read as of yet, but the blog is focused on the ups and downs of riding and competing up in the northern areas of Canada. It'll be following the adventures of myself and my new girl Celtic.


Jan. 6, 2012, 10:39 PM
I'm a 30-something nursing student with a 6 yr old OTTB and am hopefully on the path to a long-format 1*. Let's just say its a long path as we will be attempting BN sometime this spring but you know what they say; dream big or go home! :-)

I just started mine as a way to track our journey. My current plan is to write about lessons, schooling and anything else Charlie related. I'm also secretly hoping it will improve my writing skills.


Desert Topaz
Jan. 6, 2012, 10:44 PM
I have two horse blogs, my livejournal (http://pambennett.livejournal.com/) that I've done since I got my pony and I recently started one on blogger (http://pamsponyplace.blogspot.com/) since it seems like that's where all the cool horse people blog. My plan is to have the same stuff both places, but right now most of it is on lj.

I'm an adult amateur and my current partner is my 14.1 white pony Better Than Ice Cream (Penny.) I've designated 2012 as "Year of the Pony" where we're going to do what we need to do to qualify for the AEC's at Beginner Novice. There's also a lot about our struggle with Penny's melanomas.

Jan. 7, 2012, 12:50 PM
I'm a former-hunter-turned-eventer adult amateur bringing up a green aaaaaaaaaaaaaalmost 14hh Welsh Cob in eventing with the help of my awesome trainer. Riding an unusual breed with a massive sense of humor in a sport that they're typically not considered for leads to good entertainment! My blog, which is updated 4-5 times a week, is located at http://www.cobjockey.com.

Jan. 7, 2012, 03:04 PM
Here's mine: http://lberreth.wordpress.com. I write mostly recaps of the competitions I do, but I also post some of my work as a freelance writer for USEA and my photography.

I also have my stories up from when I interned at COTH, as well as some photos from my life around my farm and my travels to almost every event in Area II.

Jan. 7, 2012, 06:35 PM
Mine's a tale of a 20-somethings journey in the horse world. I own a wonderful 19 year old thoroughbred gelding, and enjoy dressage and eventing. I'm currently "between" horses and am working towards becoming a more effective and knowledgable rider. I have found blogging to be a great way to track my progress and remember how far we have come.


Jan. 7, 2012, 07:05 PM
I love all the blogs!!!!!

Jan. 7, 2012, 07:15 PM
I have 2... They're in my signature :)

Jan. 7, 2012, 09:03 PM
if you post a link to your blog then you should update it ;) , there are several I would follow more closely except they get updated very infrequently.

Jan. 7, 2012, 09:10 PM
Me: 25 yo female with a boring full-time job who just can't wait to bust out the door at the end of the day and go see my pony

Pony: 5 yo OTTB mare who tends to be either in the middle of a moment of enlightenment, or a moment of flight


Jan. 8, 2012, 08:16 AM
My blog covers a range of horse topics -- I'm not an eventer but love eventing, and I used to foxhunt so I suppose that's close to cross country as I'll ever get.



Jan. 9, 2012, 01:10 PM
Pie has updated his blog with all of your lovely blogs on his "friends" list :)
Thanks everyone!!

Jan. 10, 2012, 10:01 PM
My boy and I are trying to make it in the world of eventing! I am a former hunter princess turned self made eventer, and my redheaded goober is a 3 year off the track TB that I've brought along completely by myself.:D I update my blog 2-3 times a week rambling on about my pony and our rides/shows/stuff.

Jan. 10, 2012, 10:12 PM
Awesome!! Pie is adding y'all :)

Jan. 11, 2012, 10:05 AM
I have a full time job at UTSouthwestern Medical Center in a research lab and ride on the weekends.

Currently I have no competition horse so I've been mooching off my Mom's trail pony, Toby.

Toby's posts are titled "Cow Pony Chronicles" and he and I are both due for some updates.
Website is currently being updated as well.

And I have a eject photo to add to the blooper reel. I'll try to find it and add it to the collection.


Jan. 11, 2012, 10:29 AM
I'm a former Intermediate-level eventer now enjoying the lower levels. I'm also giving upper level dressage a go with my former event horse who bowed a tendon in 2010 and so no longer jumps. It's mostly a case of the blind leading the blind, but we have fun :)

I also post tons of photos from my freelance work for the USEA and other equestrian publications.

Grey Brook Eventing (http://greybrookeventing.blogspot.com)

For pure photography (and other general artsiness), I also just started a new blog here (http://kerickso.tumblr.com).

I love reading everyone else's adventures!

Jan. 11, 2012, 11:38 AM
There should be a blogging clique on Coth ;)

Jan. 11, 2012, 03:44 PM
Ooh, great idea, thanks! I love finding new horsey blogs.

Mine really didn't start out with the intention of being a "blog". A trainer suggested I keep a journal to track my progress with my former mare, since we had such a tumultous relationship. It started out as a journal to track progress and try to overcome fear issues - something I have had quite a bit of trouble with - and has sort of evolved into my journey between trainers, horses, and now into the adventure of having my own barn, working full time, and trying to get back into competition this year.


Jan. 12, 2012, 10:45 AM
I have two, both are in my sig line...

My Must Tango blog is about my adventures with my mustang and my CANTER blog is a blog about the CANTER mare I have in training for Mid Atlantic to chronicle her training progress.

Jan. 12, 2012, 11:03 AM
I'd also like to add in my friend's blog, http://golightlysporthorses.blogspot.com/

Jan. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM
I'll join in! I'm obsessed with my pony...I chronicle our misadventures, clinics, camps and competitions.

'Moose on the Loose!'
http://cuonxc.blogspot.com/ (http://cuonxc.blogspot.com/)

Jan. 12, 2012, 01:53 PM
This thread is a great idea. I love ALL of your blogs and am especially loving the western US and non-tradition (i.e. pony type) eventers!

This is Flying Haflinger, the blog for my 10 year old daughter and her 14.2hh Haflinger mare Delilah.


They have just found the joy of flying and are schooling for their first formal event in 2012. She's gotten too self-conscious to blog for herself, so this is me, the mom & trainer, reporting in on their progress.

We also follow the blog of Stacey and her Jumping Percheron in Southern NM, because we are big fans.


Jan. 13, 2012, 07:12 AM
I started my blog last March and am now getting readers from all over the world. I appeal to all kinds of people - riders, owners, casual observers, and not directed towards one discipline even though I ride the hunters. Please check me out!


Jan. 13, 2012, 12:08 PM
What a fun idea!

I blog about horses, life, relationships and the mixture of results that comes with such a concoction. Many of my blogs revolve around my two young horses, pending engagement/balance of boyfriend with horse pursuits, and balancing work/school/horses/etc.

I started doing this about 1 year ago and now have regular visitors from all over the globe. My goal has been to remain honest and see the humor in the many balls life throws at us. And because I really love balls. We are regularly featured on Eventing Nation. Enjoy!


Jan. 13, 2012, 03:20 PM
Oh, can I join?

About me: A twenty-something's journey to become 'credible'. I'm an engineer by profession who has recently up and moved across the country to an old family farm with two (now three) horses and two poodles. My focus is in dressage, however there's no telling what I'll try in the year to come. I try to keep a light-hearted look at training in below-freezing weather, learning to drive in the snow and being 20 and training horses in general. Oh, and the poodles.
I try to update at least weekly, sometimes more often than that


I'm trying to actively encourage my readers to comment, as my current readership is more of the stealth-reader following.

Jan. 16, 2012, 06:51 PM
Brand new...


Going to chronicle trials and tribulations of training my 2 TB's

Jan. 16, 2012, 08:28 PM
I'll jump in. I'm a 20 something with a fabulous horse and an eye for bargain shopping. I'm not the bravest rider, but I am pretty funny sometimes.


Jan. 16, 2012, 08:43 PM
I'll toss my blog up, since it's usually eventing focused. Mostly it's about me and the opinionated chestnut mare I adore. And sometimes I draw!


Jan. 16, 2012, 08:48 PM
I'll toss my blog up, since it's usually eventing focused. Mostly it's about me and the opinionated chestnut mare I adore. And sometimes I draw!


Your drawings are awesome. ;)

Jan. 18, 2012, 11:47 AM
im a young rider who will be moving up to training level in the spring...on a 13.2 hand pony!!! i have huge goals for this sport, i want to go to the olympics and win gold and be at NAJYRC in 2 years (if not sooner!). i have the best pony in the world and this summer i am heading to VA for the whole summer to work with a CCI3* rider. i'm here to blog about my experiences, ups, downs, and about my road to the top of our equestrian sport..

ill love you forever if you read my blog, comment,and/or subscribe to it!!!


Jan. 19, 2012, 05:20 AM
Wow... I've got some reading to do :)

Since Scubed outed me in the "he's heeeeerrrrrrreeee" post... if you like spots, you can read about my new baby Appy/irish sport horse and my adventures learning how to bring up a baby.

And then... because Flecky is my life...
www.fleckenawesome.blogspot.com though that one is more of a riding journal than a real blog. But Fleck's pretty cute and funny so it's worth going to just for the pics of that big hunk! :)

And as an aside... how do you become "followers"? I see that I have 5, but how do I do that to others?! wow... i'm special aren't i?

Jan. 19, 2012, 08:27 AM
And as an aside... how do you become "followers"? I see that I have 5, but how do I do that to others?! wow... i'm special aren't i?

At the veeery top of the screen on the "tool bar" thing, just click Follow on the left side. Blogger will explain from there. :cool:

Jan. 19, 2012, 11:45 AM
I'm a forty-something momma who is currently looking for a second horse. (again) Daughter hogs the big mare. I started a blog years ago, but have updated it much more frequently now that we have the lovely mare. I am mostly a trail rider now, and occasionaly hunter pace, and I would love to go on a foxhunt!
My blog is http://lifeatwoodhill.blogspot.com/ and its full of mostly mindless chatter. :)
I love reading everyone elses blogs! I think this is a great thread! :D

Jan. 19, 2012, 12:07 PM
Thanks MightyBobbyMcGee... I swear I tried that, but perhaps not. I shall try again :)

Jan. 19, 2012, 03:45 PM
I'm an AA - and just got a wonderful horse in October that I plan to do pre-BN and eventually BN with. Most of my previous riding focused on dressage and trail, and I've only been studying jumping the last two years. The blog describes our schoolings, lessons and outings, and is the main way I track day to day progress and archive thoughts and images of our work.

Jan. 19, 2012, 06:37 PM
if you post a link to your blog then you should update it ;) , there are several I would follow more closely except they get updated very infrequently.

Ditto. Some I check in on and nothing is updated for months. I like to live vicariously. :winkgrin:

And a tiny request (not sure if any of the blogs listed here do this) but if you have white type on a black background it's really hard to read so you might consider changing it to help out your readers. :)

Jan. 20, 2012, 10:06 AM
Thanks MightyBobbyMcGee... I swear I tried that, but perhaps not. I shall try again :)

You can also go to your dashboard and under your blog roll, click "manage".

You can choose the ADD feature and enter the blogs web address. This is good for adding blogs that don't have the "Follow" button.:)

Give and Take
Jan. 21, 2012, 01:14 AM
I post tips and links to info and blogs on the Tack Me Up facebook page.

I started Tack Me Up (a free site) to help trainers and riders be prepared with the right equipment and clothing for all their riding events.

Feel free to try it out - let me know what you think.

Jan. 21, 2012, 01:46 AM

That's my blog, it's all about my horse (a little bay OTTB :D), unless something else pops into my head that I just can't shut up about. That rarely happens.

Oh, and SprinklerBandit comments on it a lot, which makes me feel all special inside because her blog is very popular and has probably a bajillion followers already, and she's really cool. Oh, and blog comments are not really an effective method of holding a conversation, lol.

Aaaaand... I used to ride at an eventing barn when I was younger... but I don't anymore... and my horse is more of an everything horse than a specifcally good at something horse, but I ride IHSA now so I get to be all "hunt seat equitation" so I used him to work on what I get criticized on in practice.

Mostly we do flat work, and jump, and sometimes we barrel race, or go for trail rides, or ride bareback, or ride bareback AND jump. Oh, and I can ride him bridleless with just a rope around his neck. And jump. OK, I lie, I only did that once. It went well but I'm too chicken to try anything bigger than a crossrail without a bridle.

Lori T
Jan. 28, 2012, 01:05 PM
I have two. My smarthorsekeeping, I just started, about proper horse management. The other one details like with my horses.


Jan. 28, 2012, 03:58 PM
My blog is Bastian the Wonder Dragon @ www.bastianthewonderdragon.blogspot.com

I am a 31 year old AA and Para-Equestrian competing in dressage and working towards eventing this spring. It follows the progress (or sometimes not-progress) of me and my handsome TB, Bastian.

Jan. 28, 2012, 05:14 PM
I've been blogging under lock and key for years, but just edged my way back out into public view at http://eventingrebound.blogspot.com/

Not entirely sure yet what shape the thing will take overall, but so far looks like half ridelog, half thinking out loud!

Jan. 28, 2012, 11:39 PM
I started my blog last March and am now getting readers from all over the world. I appeal to all kinds of people - riders, owners, casual observers, and not directed towards one discipline even though I ride the hunters. Please check me out!


You write so simply and your topics are awesome... I've been a follower since I started my blog.

Jan. 28, 2012, 11:47 PM
It is rarely updated, but it's a blog nonetheless...


Jan. 29, 2012, 08:49 AM
I have a fledgling blog going -
One Equestrian's Adventures (http://1equestrian.blogspot.com).
It's just about my horse life, my horses, rides, training, shows.
I have 3 green horses, so life can be interesting at times. :lol:
I'm mainly geared toward eventing, so that's what the blog focuses on for the most part, but I do jumpers at H/J shows now and again, have a greenie that will eventually do hunters as well as event(my sister rides hunters) and one that doesn't like to jump, who will hopefully be successful in lower level dressage. So it's a little bit of everything.
I try to post lots of pictures. ;)

There's a link in my signature line as well.

Jan. 31, 2012, 02:35 AM
I have a blog on my website, written by an amateur rider who is preparing for her first event on her new horse, who is an OTTB.

Lisa's Blog (http://www.myvirtualeventingcoach.com/categories/lisas_corner)

Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Virtual-Eventing-Coach/121366797928434)

Jan. 31, 2012, 11:09 AM
EN mentioned my blog today! It is about the adventures in eventing of a redheaded pony mare :)