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And Introducing?

These two are my alter ego`s, the grey is Gracie, also known as TOGG, the other more attractive one, is Toby, an Appaloosa cross. Whilst Gracie is an Irish Draft x Thoroughbred, both have there idiosyncrasies, and both have their seriously strong points, which as it happens could be construed as idiosyncrasies.

Toby is a five year old gelding, thoughtful, gentle and intelligent, Gracie is twenty-one years old, and a mare!……Needless to say she has strong opinions.

We travel well, many long miles together during which TOGG, has been my mainstay, through thick and thin, she is, shall I say, grossly strong, but has mellowed somewhat over the years. We have agreed to accept each other, providing neither of us steps out of line! Here I think back and smile, nay, laugh at our differences, we struggled at first, but as I’ve said previously, we have made an arrangement.

Toby is the new boy on the block, serene, and a quick learner. He is still absorbing all that is required of him, and he shows no signs of shirking his task. I owe them much, besides, talking horses are very hard to come by.

Another Day

If horses had voices, would they be as ours?….No? Who knows, but for arguments sake lets say they are, or would be. If that`s the case, then perhaps our partnerships with them would not be so fraught. Perhaps we would understand, the requirements, and general needs? Somehow I doubt it, instead we would foist our will upon them again.

Now what I`ve said here is a complete contradiction of my ethos regarding the animals, but that is the point, we are a user of all things, be it resources, or of each other, this isn’t a political statement, its a fact of human nature. We are a terrible species, capable of greatness, but also capable of great harm and destruction.

So as it stands, we use horses?….Of course we do!…. How you do that, is the question. For me? I try and give back, they allow me to use them for travel, pleasure, and to try and achieve some measure of competence in there control. Albeit, that I have never won any competition on a horse, I’ve tried, but to no avail. Gave that up!….Not the horses fault, just me.

Its Been a Blast.

Well, it has! I cannot say anything different, and it would be a lie if I did. But it hasn`t been without its downsides, and if I have anything to pass on, its this.

Do not procrastinate, enjoy everything, always say yes to new experiences, and don`t be afraid to say no to people who are toxic.

I have failed in nearly all these things, however its what I should have done had I known. But when you get older, you realize these things are true to late.

Horses are my life, and without them I would surely fade away, I have no idea why, nor do I question this fact, it just is. I shall chat about most things, except politics, and religion, for without them, the world would be a better place.

Finally, I make no judgements, everyone has faults, makes mistakes and is prone to untruths, we are human, or as my horses often remind me, “shifty”.

If you like this blog, and wish to follow, then that`s great, if you don`t, I wont come after you.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.