What brings you here?

So many new readers.

Happy to have you!

And especially thrilled with all of you wonderful readers who keep returning.  Humbled.

Think it’d be really cool if you could tell me what brings you back?

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Just doing my little thing here, and haven’t quite figured out what it is that makes us all that interesting at all.  If anyone cares to let me know what it is that you like enough to come back as often as you do, I’d love to hear it!

And then I can give you more.  Of that.

29 thoughts on “What brings you here?

  1. For me, it’s your ebullience and appreciation of the experience you’re having with your beautiful horse. You communicate gratitude and persistence without going on and on about it. Plus, the pics let me live the dream vicariously since I don’t have a Valiosa of my own.

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    1. Yay – new word for me (nerdy excited!), I had to look up ebullience! Way to go Jan! 🙂

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. And yes, I am very grateful – and can appreciate what it feels like longing for your own expensive lawn mower, oh, no I mean, gorgeous steed! 😉
      I filed my childhood dreams, that started at 6 years old, of ever owning a horse for many years, several decades. It seemed it was never meant to be, for me… Until I finally decided it would be such a waste to finish out a life time as a horse-less person. The ultimate sin, dipping into a 401K plan, put me there, and I’m sacrificing every day to have her.
      Happy to have you along for this silly gig!

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    1. Happy to have you along Alli!!! Doing my best to share all the difficulties. Well. In a short format, or everyone would just roll over and die. Trust me, the struggle is real – almost every ride I wonder if I’ll EVER get this 🙂

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      1. Ah, love it! It’s hard to get enough pictures sometimes. Seriously, who’s got the time to snap photos all the time..? Makes me happy to hear they are appreciated. 🙂 This growing library of pictures of my scrubby horse. Happy times! 🙂

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    1. Appreciate you comment!! Glad to hear that it’s coming through – it’s what I set out to do from the very start: a blog with no frills, or inflated stories or second agendas, there are enough of that out on the web. And on all social media.
      Well, anyway, I’m trying to always keep it real, true, and, sometimes sarcastic 🙂
      Thank you so much for reading!

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  2. You’re a great writer (an rider ;)), your pony is cute, and you’re honest about the ups and downs of this dressage crap and horse ownership in general. I really enjoy your posts!!

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    1. I so appreciate you taking the time to tell me – thank you!
      It’s a crazy sport for any one trying to go at it mostly on their own. Difficult to explain to anyone outside it all (right!?) but any rider knows exactly what I’m talking about… So I’m glad the honesty comes through here.
      Only fake is that Valiosa looks mostly half-dead most of the time, other than in pictures. Clay’s expression there after your test has got nothing on her day-to-day hate-my-job-look 😉

      By the way, you’re awesome for squeezing in time for training, writing, showing, lessoning and training your own horse, AND toddler mothering! While I had my two boys under the age of 5, there was no horses going on at all. So, well done!!

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  3. I like the grey mare and feel I almost know her now. You are honest about all the issues and the triumphs and I admire the fact that you are undertaking the very difficult task of bringing along a younger horse mostly on your own. Admirable and so I tune in to follow the story. Keep at it!

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    1. That’s great to hear!! I share so much about this horse she might feel like family already 😉
      Love to hear that our story is interesting. This entire project IS difficult, and it really makes a huge difference to me that I have readers that connect with it.

      Thank you for checking in on us and for all the positivity you’re sending our way!!

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    1. Got it! It really makes a difference, right, just knowing what other riders are struggling with? And knowing that it’s not easy for everyone.
      Appreciate having you here! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  4. Man, that’s a tough question. I guess I’d say it is because of your obvious love for horses, enthusiasm for the sport of horse riding, and fun, interesting articles. I love your blog!!! ❤

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  5. I have a young mare, Alegria, that could Valiosa’s twin sister. Alli is a five-year-old Andalusian and she’s the first young horse I’ve ever worked with and the first horse I’ve owned in 25 years — so I’ve got all kinds of apprehension and anxiety about our relationship and our training progress!

    Your blog gives me inspiration. Your photos are lovely, and seeing you and Valiosa progress in your training helps me see the progress that I’m making with my own horse, slow as it is.

    I also appreciate your “dressage on a dime” tips. I have a tight horsey budget, and I’m glad to know that there are others out there making it work with limited resources.

    Also…what Jan said. You communicate gratitude and persistence very nicely. I think those are easy things to lose touch with when you’re juggling a lot of responsibilities and feeling like you’re not making progress quickly enough.

    Thank you for the time you put into this.

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    1. Karen I can’t thank you enough for reaching out to let me know that this blog matters to you. It’s a small thing, but brings me so much joy 🙂
      My little pictures, my endless rants of super small improvements alongside giant challenges (hello tight moving horse!) – I really appreciate knowing it makes a difference to other readers!
      And, as you say last – there is quite a bit of time spent on this. Hearing from awesome readers makes it all so much worthwhile!

      Best of luck with Alegria! It’s SO exciting to get to start one from the very beginning. Valiosa is the first one for me and we started from scratch, not even halter broke. My best advice is to trust your instincts with her, stay safe, but don’t coddle either yourself or her. The more exposure you can get on her early on, the better, to all sorts of things. And don’t hesitate too long to reach out and get just a little help from a true professional with great skills.
      I didn’t really have the financial backup for that, but solving it in other ways have proven invaluable in getting over some hickups we had with developing a better canter etc.
      Would love to hear updates about you guys as you go along!!

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    1. Appreciate the comments, thank you! Good point with the amount of pictures – I always wonder how it “feels on the other end”, reading. It try to limit it to six or so, but then again, I never really know how long it takes for peoples browsers to upload the images. Definitely hope it will continue to work out!
      Thank you so much for reading and taking time to chime in!

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    1. Happy to hear that a positive and relaxed attitude is coming through. It’s what feels important to me, so thank you!
      It’s really fun to share ANY little success we have, gray mare and I, and there’s a lot to be said for awesome support from the side lines. So thank you for coming in here and reading!!

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