What Makes Your Site Different?

Today – an open invitation for anyone to share just that!

A Horse For Elinor has been the same from the very start – I write, and take way too many pictures, of and about the horses I ride.  Training, some competing, and like all other dressage riders strive to find that “just that right” connection with my horse.

Warning – this looks like a personal post coming up below.


Every blog is different – and this is where you come in at the end of the post!

Part of what makes this site have its own “feel” is that it’s written by an adult rider who wants to have lots of fun but still has several goals.

Tons of Horse Blogs out there.  Lots of energetic young riders writing endless product plugs.  Or how about the massive amounts of Scandinavian horse blogs where it’s all about matching the polo wraps and saddle pad?..  This site has mostly impolite posts about training on my own with a young horse.

bare hoof riding ggt footing

Still, we’re moving forward, getting out to compete, and have a blast doing it.  I have more physical ailments and side-kick diseases than I can keep track of at this point (Hey, who’s counting?!).

It’s inspirational to read about others who push through that, and have fun and do well anyway.  Maybe you think so too?

barefoot dressage

It’s challenging sometimes, when you look just fine on the outside, healthy, and in shape.  I show up, get the once-over glance; – “Oh, she’s one of those…”  Truth is I have to sometimes literally scrape myself up and scoop me out the door.  My body can be a super hero one day, and leave me half-broken and unable to do much the next.

I get a sense of constantly letting people around me down, because of making tons of energetic commitments while getting sick, or injured, so often.

It’s not the focus of this site at all, but some of the – “Hey let’s enjoy the heck out of this for as long as it lasts!”, probably comes through 🙂

bare foot dressage training

So.  Now it’s your turn! 

Today’s blog post is an opportunity to say “Hello” to other readers.

Comment below with what makes your site “just a bit different.”  Or Comment with just a link to your blog, as an opportunity to have more readers connect.

It’s just as easy as that!  Or stick a link in there to one of your posts you especially liked creating!

Up to you!

58 thoughts on “What Makes Your Site Different?

  1. I love your blog for addressing the reality of still having dreams and aspirations while enduring the ailments of a older body with plenty of health problems. Some days we ride, some days we think about riding. We do the best that we can for that day. Thank-you for sharing your journey.

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  2. It is always a pleasure reading your blog- fun, real, and wonderful photos! I am developing my own blog with a goal similar to yours in that I want to share my experience training my own horse as an adult amateur, but I also wanted to solve a problem I know that I, myself, do not alone struggle: I wanted to share creative, fun, and challenging riding exercises with unique diagrams and descriptions that can help riders work on the same challenges I work on with my horse. And that is exactly what I am working to create. I am still very new to blogging and I would love feedback and suggestions- I’m here to learn and share what I learn! So, if interested, please come check out my blog at https://fromcantertopirouette.com/.
    Thank you and keep blogging!

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    1. That is awesome! So glad to have you at this blog, and I feel relieved that it feels real – it’s what I’ve been after ever since the start.
      I’ve already popped over to follow your blog – looking forward to reading about you and Aragorn!

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  3. I love your blog and the gray mare! You are always positive, no matter what is going on, and I feel like I can see your smile as I read your posts. You keep it real. I applaud you and thank you for it! I get tired of reading all the similar blogs with product plugs etc. An honest review is great, but a lot of it seems to be for marketing and followers, or boasting. To me, I think and hope my blog is different because I write about everything in life. The good, the bad, and the ugly. A large part of life is my horses. What they teach me. I try to see the positive in everything, shine light, and spread love. It is my hope that I can relate to others in some way through this blog. Put a smile on someone’s face. Brighten their day. Remind them that they are not alone. Maybe help somebody. Teach them something. To be honest, this blog has done all of these things for me! https://13ahamoments.com/
    I too am new to blogging and would welcome any feedback and suggestions!

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    1. Such a ray of sunshine Avery! Love it!
      You have a lot of honesty in your blog, and I really appreciate that. Keep writing!

      Caught me, that you know I’m often smiling/smirking as I write these silly posts 😉 They really do crack me up sometimes.

      And congratulations on finally pulling off a lesson! Don’t worry, feeling like a beginner is pretty normal when starting to take lessons, even after years of riding 🙂 Just keep going, it’s a great motivator, it will help you stay on track, help you with getting on even more often, and help with that extra push to learn something new and hard. Love it!!

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      1. 😍😍😍🙏🙌thank you so much!!! It is easy to tell you are smiling!
        Thanks it was really fun and I am looking forward to taking more! I am hoping for all those things!

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        1. Sometimes just a few lessons can really make a difference in goal setting too. Doesn’t have to be super frequent, just something to stay on track. And it’s fun to look back at how difficult things seemed just 3 months earlier or so 🙂

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  4. I really enjoy your blog posts. I can identify with the trials and tribulations of having a young horse and being on your own a lot. I also love the times when you post about your shows and victories! There are a lot of horse blogs out there and most of them are not ones I care to follow faithfully. My blog is about horses: my own horse Biasini who once a month “speaks” and tells us that he is thinking, my training with Biasini and competition, and also other horse related posts about the history of horses, interviews with Olympic riders, Paralympic riders, and others. My site is: https://horseaddict.net/

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    1. Yay, thank you for chiming in on this, and for so faithfully checking in on the blog!!
      Thrilled to hear the show posts are of value. I am absolutely ridiculously excited every time I get to show (I think it’s such a treat to get someone else “waste their time” staring at our ride and give us a score, everything is all cleaned up, and I forget all about hours of sweat and dust. Such a kid again, minus the pigtails.).
      We get to try it again soon – playing at the lower levels is usually pretty safe. If we ever get higher up, I’ll be a nerve wreck 😉
      Your site is all horse, which I think is excellent, and it covers everything equine, making for a different experience every time. The change of pace is always refreshing!

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      1. First: I look forward to your show reports and having had a white horse myself in the past I know the work that goes into the show prep and the hours spent in the wash stall and all the blue and purple products used! Second: thank you for being a loyal follower of Horse Addict I very much appreciate it.

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        1. Yes, the grays… My tip to anyone else with this high maintenance color is to have them live outside. (Or at least as much as possible.) I don’t have any ingrained stains any more, and it has made a world of a difference. (but still, the double bath, let’s be real haha.) Oh, and the tail. Another chapter 😉

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  5. I do not have my own blog, but I absolutely love following all of the other horse people’s blogs out there…..and what I love about your blog, Elinor, is how down-to-earth all your writing is, how you always connect with your readers and how you also have your sense of humor which I love…not to mention all of the pictures which you always post that I just love and all your tips you share with us. I just love your blog and Valiosa as well!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Admitting to taking way too many pictures 😉 (Isn’t there something ELSE she could be doing? Really, pasture shot again?….)
      So glad you like it and that you “get” my humor. My boys claim I don’t have one at all, or that no one will understand what I’m trying to say. (right. love them anyway.)
      I have a feeling you’ll start your own horse blog one day – you’re not far off!

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      1. Hahaha!!!! 😀 😀 I just can’t take enough pictures of horses either!!!!
        THANK YOU!!!! I DO really hope to be starting my own blog sometime in the near future. ❤ ❤
        And yes—I absolutely love your sense of humor!!

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    1. Well what an awesome and surprising afternoon – all these wonderful comments on here! Humbly accepting the task of being inspiring, love it. (K, now I better not fall off or anything…)
      I’ve been following your posts for long – excited you’re getting out to show, but I already told you that! I enjoy ANY sarcasm, and really, no humor is ever to dry for me 🙂 !!!

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  6. I have enjoyed your blog for the honesty tempered with a sense of humour. I read it and think- she and I would likely get along.

    I don’t know what’s unique about my blog- I started it as a way to track training my yearling. I then found myself writing funny stories about things happening on the farm. I try to keep it honest and share my ups and downs. I should probably put in more pictures.

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    1. This has popped up for me lately – imagine a gathering of some of the writers?! I think we would be absolutely over the top, laughing and sharing “war tales” for hours! Virtually impossible, of course, several of us aren’t even in the same country, but such a fun thought.

      You forgot to mention your absolutely over the top unique Carmen! I’ve really enjoyed peeking in at the stories of her development. It really makes a difference to many riders I think, to read about horses in their early careers and all the obstacles their riders have to overcome to develop in the right direction. Really puts things in perspective.
      Love having you along at this site Teresa!

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  7. I like the blogs that are about riders overcoming challenges and gradually moving forward with their own horses because I like being able to follow a story over time. The blogs with tons of product placements are boring to me. I do product reviews, but just of things I like. I’ve never even received a free sample as a blogger. I get nothing from doing it.
    I think if you ask anyone, they’d say my blog is different because I have a mule. And I do. And she’s a unique creature in the blogging world (especially since we do dressage and eventing), but my posts are rarely about the fact that she’s a mule. It’s usually just about my experiences riding and trying to progress in a sport that isn’t designed for us, but moving forward anyway. http://www.diyhorseownership.com

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    1. That part about following a story over time, I really care about that too! It makes everything we do on our own so much worth it, just seeing how others struggle. AND get better!
      Love to have you along Olivia. Definitely a unique blog with your pretty girl!
      Really liked the last images from Camelot! I love that facility!

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  8. I love your blog because you manage to be both honest about the struggles of working with a young horse and upbeat about it. You clearly love your horse and the time you get to spend with her. (She is also gorgeous, which always helps!)

    There are a lot of eventing blogs out there. However, I actually started my blog to track my progress with May and share what it is like to ride a yellow, corgi-horse in a field of bay thoroughbreds. This has gotten even more apparently after we moved to the thoroughbred capital of the world! I also enjoyed reading everyone else’s blogs so much, that I wanted to share my experiences with these bloggers that I was starting to feel connected to. When it comes down to it, my blog is like everything else with my horse. It seems fun and I May As Well try it.

    Emily of May as Well Event
    https://mayaswellevent.wordpress.com/

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    1. Congratulations again on your 2 years with May. Really fun gallery and lots of gorgeous shots of her.
      I love anyone who’ll stretch themselves a bit, and stand out. Your eventing with May is ALL that, and it makes it unique and much more interesting.
      Love to have you on the blog Emily, and wishing you many more fun years with May!

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  9. I actually started following your blog to share with my daughter. She’s the rider, not me…and honestly, I love being able to show her that learning never stops. She’s 16, so the idea that someone older than her can still take lessons, can still learn, is sometimes mind boggling to her. LOL!
    I’m just the Equine Caretaker. 😉

    As for my blog…(happily taking the chance for a shameless plug!)
    https://midnightcalicofarm.wordpress.com

    Yep, I admit to taking too many pictures, but, I’m an amateur photographer who’s getting more and more serious about her skills, so, anyone who drops by gets to suffer through my crazy photo shoots with my mares.
    Plus, I love sharing where they came from (a local Rescue, who scooped them up away from the meat buyer) and how far they’ve come. I no longer refer to them as “rescue” horses, because they’re now my horses, who I got from a rescue.
    We also grow a lot of our own food, including meat animals, working towards self-sustainability, and I tend to share that too.
    So, not *just* a horse blog, though they do feature in most of the posts.

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    1. Love it! Thank you for chiming in. Yes, it IS an opportunity for a plug and I’m thrilled with anyone joining up on this post.
      I really enjoy your images, you do a really good job with the camera out there. One of these days I think I’ll have to do a rip off picture of my gray with lipstick kisses on her. They were really cool!
      Would love to read more on the self sustainability journey too!
      Happy to have you along at the blog!

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  10. Primarily a photo site in which anything can become a topic. Horses are part of the mix, but more recently as the riding season (hunter/jumper) gears up for the daughters. No product or training recommendations.

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    1. David, you forgot to mention your photography is absolutely STUNNING. I’ve liked all your equine shots, where you capture a certain “feel” in so many of them. Granted, I understand it involves frozen fingers, and an icy body on some mornings, but really, the end result is worth it 🙂
      I always enjoy peeking in, and I love to follow along on your daughters’ competitive journey – they are very inspiring!
      Thank you for following along here on the blog, love to have you!

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      1. Thank you, Elinor. For all the nice ones, there are plenty of duds and a few of “what is this shot?” I’ve improved my photographing of horses since many goes toward supporting my daughters’ voluminous database of their riding efforts – good, bad, in between. My girls, they’re pretty good. I’m glad you find them inspiring. 🙂

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        1. Horses are particularly difficult to shoot. That noble, strong animal, immediately looks like a squeezed, tweaked camel in front of the lense. You’ve had lots of good practice – don’t see any duds 🙂

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  11. I would love to think my blog is that little bit different by covering the health battles me personally and my horse. I would like to think I’m helping educate and end the stigma in regards to both our health issues. Buddy my new rescue horse has been a new addition to my blog and I’m loving every minute of it! Also helping raise awareness to those not in the horse world about what goes on behind the scenes of the sales, tips and tricks to buying and owning horses and re educating a rescue horse and on off the track thoroughbred with Cancer! Here is my blog link! I ride western so I love looking at your blog for a different view on the equine world!
    https://urbanhuntresssite.wordpress.com/

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    1. Definitely inspirational! I’m in awe of you getting so much done and managing to be positive. You’re absolutely not alone. I’ll look forward to checking in on you and Buddy!
      Appreciate you coming in here, and I hope you’ll enjoy more of this blog too 🙂
      Tonight my phone won’t let me click on any more Posts on your blog. Don’t know, maybe I just need to reboot. I want to come back in and read more!

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  12. Cracks me up how you invited people to promo their own blogs and they (mostly) heaped (well-deserved) praise on yours instead! Who would have thought such a whole bunch of horse-crazy people could also be so modest? Your followers all need to give themselves a big pat on the back just for being darn nice people!

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    1. Yeah, what’s going on here!!? You guys are supposed to plug yourselves in this post. Sheesh, I’m blushing already!!! 😉
      Seriously, this is a fantastic, supportive group, and I’m so lucky to have everyone.
      Always love having you in here Alli!
      And you forgot to mention your beautiful, creative, and unique art!!

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  13. What a lovely site you have! It’s so very relaxing and calming to look at horses and to read about horse life– like a mini-vacation for me 🙂 Thank you for sharing your wonderful world!

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    1. All smiles here, and grateful you stopped by, to feel the vibe. It IS a different world, with the horses. I’m lucky every day I get to go out to visit it.
      Come back and see us, and thank you for chiming in today!! 🤗🤗

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  14. I might just be your fan! About to years ago when I started my blog, I found your blog, and I’m still reading, you inspire me and I want my blog to be just as down to earth and fun to read… I started my blog just for fun, to write about my everyday life on my little farm here in Denmark, but I’ve recently changed it up a bit, and with my new mare I’m introducing a more honest blog – admitting how my old mare scared the crap out of me and how I’m trying to get my courage back! I’m hiding behind http://www.iSadlen.dk

    Thank you for being an inspiration!

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    1. Heidi! Congratulations on your new mare! Nothing as exciting as starting new all over again. Take your time, and enjoy it all. (Love the way she was delivered by the way. Can’t get any easier than that!!😉)
      Anyone can get tentative after a big scare. It happens to everybody! I’m thinking just writing about it, and slowly adding good experiences with a horse with no “history” will really make a difference.
      I’m happy to hear readers are inspired by this little blog of course. But really, the true Inspiration comes from everyone combined, getting through their challenges with their horses every day, and go on to write about it 😁.
      Happy to have you along!!

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  15. Awesome blog! I had a horse many years ago when I lived in Texas. We had originally bought her for my daughter, but she quickly lost interest. So, mom became mom to a horse. I loved her- Goldie was such a beautiful horse. She was with me through some tough times.There is something therapeutic and soul soothing about the rituals of tending to a horse, And the only broken bone I ever had was from lunging her, a memorable moment indeed! I recently started a blog when I left my career in February. I have always loved to write and have done so for many years. I finally got the courage to put it out there and I am visualizing a positive outcome. I found you because you liked one of my stories- “What I Know About My Mother.” Thank you- it means a lot to me.
    My site address is: https://charmedchaos.com

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    1. First off, congratulations on “retiring” and starting real life 🙂
      Whatever is next is up to you!
      From what I can tell in your Charmed Chaos Blog, you’re definitely making the best of it – which I admire.

      Now, this:
      “There is something therapeutic and soul soothing about the rituals of tending to a horse.” as you say above. I couldn’t agree more!
      Maybe you need another Goldie later on…

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  16. First off, I try to follow a lot of different kinds of blogs. I like the diversity. I found yours and liked it because you had horses and I had not followed a blog about horses. Love the pictures and the relationship you have with your horses and I especially love the passion you bring to your horsemanship.

    Now for my blog is called Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such (https://unclebardie.wordpress.com/). The focus is to entertain with side trips presenting those who are creative. On Sundays, it’s a free-for-all. One week I post a humorous piece, the next a story about King Arthur or character in a fairy tale, the week after that it could be a story more serious. Last Sunday it was about superheroes meeting in a bar. On Wednesday, I post the latest chapter in a longer work, usually humorous. Currently I am on Chapter 12 of “The Absolutely Unbelievable Extraordinary Adventures of Lady Wimpleseed-Prissypott”. Friday features a person or a group who are creative.

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    1. Love having you along Don. And I especially like that you can sense the passion behind all of these horse stories. This has been going on for so many years now, and sharing in a blog makes it all so much better. Never mind the more mundane days – they are all worth it, in their own ways.

      I admire the way you mix things up in your writing. Oh, and not to mention the discipline to stay on track… I DO check in on my phone, stolen moments here and there, and you never fail to surprise 🙂

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      1. Thanks for the feedback. I do a lot of scheduling and try to make sure there’s a variety. By scheduling, I can work on a post for Mother’s Day when I get the idea. I am surprised more bloggers don’t use schedulling. In your case, it would be hard because you are trying to be current.

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        1. But I do! Just not with as much foresight as you. I love the scheduling feature, as I think it makes most sense to have posts come up in the morning (or at least morning time in Cali.), but I write late afternoons or evenings.
          But you’re right, most of the posts are about really “current” things going on, so I never plan them really far out…

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  17. Beautiful photos and great post!
    As a farrier, I can really relate to scraping my body out of bed some days while still loving and being excited about my life with horses.
    My blog is about my journey with life inspired by horses. Starting just before I became involved with them (as an adult), and how my horse heart continues to guide me. Anyone interested, please check it out! (And thank you for your like on my last post!)
    https://myhorseheart.com

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