As 2017 comes to a close and I look back at all my posts from this year, I am so grateful I decided to jump into the world of blogging - particularly horse blogging. Let me open up to you all and tell you why I decided to start blogging. I am a stay at home mom to two very young boys who are currently 2 1/2 years and 8 months old. Back in June, it was the one year anniversary of me quitting my job and becoming a full-time stay-at-home-mom. While I do like being home full-time with my boys, I became very bored. My whole world was only about being a mom. The majority of my social life was with other moms and we naturally only talked about our kids and mommy things. I wanted to have something I could focus on that was not related to babies. One interest I had to put aside in my life, even before I had kids, was my love for horses and equestrianism. I have not owned a horse since I was a teenager, but I have worked at barns and volunteered with horse rescues, but currently because of the lack of time, I was not able to be around horses and connect with the horse community. How could I connect with other equine enthusiasts if I was not working with horses? I came up with the idea to start a blog when I was watching one of my favorite TV shows that brought up horse topics that I knew non-horsey people would not understand. So, I logged onto Weebly, wrote up my first post inspired from the show Outlander and talked about horse breeds in 18th-century Scotland, and hit the PUBLISH button. After not getting blasted with negative feedback (I seriously thought people would find my writing boring and juvenile), I kept posting about a new horse subject from a movie or TV show every two weeks. I connected with other equestrians on Twitter and then was invited to join an equestrian blogging group on Facebook that has been nothing but positive and supportive. Through this group that is mainly consists of bloggers from the United Kingdom, I found a blogger who lives literally ten minutes away from me in Western Washington. We met up, rode horses, and have become good friends. Here is a picture of us below.
I have become friends with other horse enthusiasts online who, unfortunately, live far away, but I hope to meet in person someday. It's amazing how close knit the equestrian community is all around the world and how willing people are to open up about their struggles with themselves, their horses, and life in general. While I am very busy with my family, I love logging online and reading everyone's new posts about their journeys with their horses and horse related activities.
In conclusion to this post, I would like to tell you all my three favorite posts in my blog from 2017.
1. Outlander - Scottish Horse Breeds
This is my number one because it was my first post. I will always remember how nervous I was when I published this and the kind of feedback I would receive. Happily, it was received well and has been one of my most popular posts.
2. Ben Hur - Roman Chariot Racing
The first time I watched the chariot racing scene in the 1959 Ben Hur movie, my jaw was on the floor because I knew nothing in that scene was CGI. You could see the raw power of the horses racing around the hippodrome and the actors holding on for their dear lives. I had so much fun researching this scene and reading up on the history of horse chariot racing in the ancient Roman world.
3. Interview - Les Amis Stunt Team of Scotland
I was able to secure an interview with the Les Amis Stunt Team in Scotland and learn about the overall process and preparation that happens before a horse actor goes in front of a camera. I do hope to do more interviews with stunt people and movie horse handlers in the next year.
Thank you everyone who has supported me on my journey as an horse blogger. Thank you for all the comments whether they be on social media or in my blog's comment section. I hope everyone has a very happy New Year and I look forward to connecting with you all in 2018!
I am Amy. I love movies, TV, and horses. I grew up with horses and taught kids how to ride during my summer breaks from school. Now I am a country girl living in a city hoping to someday move back into a rural area and own a horse again.