Oh, Shannon from Quarters for Me, you are a doll. First, you have Quarter Horses, so you don’t threaten my status as the preeminent Thoroughbred blogger on the planet. Second, you tag me with a blog award the day the very day that I chose not to ride for no other reason than it was cold and windy. (Also laziness may have played a role in this decision.)
Well, all I can say is “Thank you!” to my adoring fans. I suppose Final Call may want to say a few words, too, but as he is outside eating hay, presumably, you will have to leave his comments to your imagination. I think he is still grumbling that I ran out of cookies.
And now you want to know seven secrets, do you? That’s a divine number. Very well.
1. I have seen a ghost horse. Her name was Diabolla, she was an Argentine Thoroughbred broodmare, and she would appear from time to time in a paddock at a farm I once boarded at.
2. My first horse was a Quarter Horse. Shhhhh don’t tell my Thoroughbreds, they don’t know.
3. I am terrified to ride without a hard hat and won’t even hack a horse from barn to paddock without one. Too many cracks, too many hats, over the years!
4. I’m writing a novel and sometimes I don’t want to ride because I want to keep working on it. But I ride. For All of You.
5. I once drank a beer on a trail ride. But it was a Coors Light so that’s like having distilled water.
6. I hate trail rides and only do them because they’re necessary to train horses.
7. I want to ride on a cattle drive. In a western saddle. With a hat.
Now you know. And don’t we all feel better?
Now, fifteen links. Don’t we think fifteen is slightly excessive, kids? I don’t read fifteen on a daily basis – I don’t read three on a daily basis, too darn busy – but here are fifteen that I like to check in with. I am told I know interesting sites, so I’ll try to throw some curveballs in there that you may not be familiar with, as well as my stand-bys.
GoLightly Facts+Fiction because she is the queen of hysterical sentence structure and awesome old photos.
Tango Dressage Blog because her horses look so darned cheerful. Plus a picture of a mini foal looking at an egret that is too cute. Also excellent advice and commentary, that too. Even if she doesn’t read. (Hahaha!)
EQUINE Ink has a beautiful design and a nice aggregation style that collects the information and images floating around the internet.
Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider is a new discovery of mine with a lot going for it: awesome title, a healthy appreciation for C.W. Anderson, and a working knowledge of grammar. Huzzah!
Green Slobber on My Shirt and that’s a double-tag for you, Miss Jen. Go visit the muddy beasts and be entertained.
Theories of Perception is a friend’s marketing and social media blog, and I love it. And you should go there and be educated and watch funny ads.
Loving the Race Horse is a lovely, thoughtful blog from a racing professional. If you’re tired of handle stats and sales averages, this is the place to be.
Bloodstock in the Bluegrass is the blog of Frank Mitchell, breeding columnist for the Daily Racing Form. The blog alternates between breeding news, commentary, case studies, and just plain fascinating historical facts.
Dover’s World is more or less Robert Dover’s diary, and he leads an interesting life…
The Pedigree Curmudgeon is an outspoken racing-focused blog by John Sparkman, Bloodstock Editor for the Thoroughbred Times. It would be my goal to be in such a position as his someday, so that I can say the things I think but don’t actually say…
Brooklyn Backstretch focuses largely on New York racing and I’m totally jealous of her blog’s name. I may name a book that if she’ll let me.
Lucky to Cope is a Very Cute/Bad OTTB testing his boundaries somewhere in a cold climate. I keep forgetting where (sorry!).
Spotty Horse News is a barn blog with a bonus – pictures. Take this post for example. I love the photojournalism – here is where the shoe came off, here is what the hoof looks like, etc. Allows you to draw parallels to your own life and maybe learn something.
The Brock Talk is a great racing news and opinion blog. He has a Facebook group that updates whenever there’s a new post, which is essential for my disorganized life.
Moby Lives has been a favorite of mine since 1998 or so! It is devoted to publishing and writers.
Okay, I’m exhausted. It would have been easier to just go out and ride.
In the interest of keeping this blog beautiful, here is a favorite picture of my darling Himself. Ooooh Final Call, you’re a star!