I love shout-outs, and it’s time to do a little thank-you post for a couple mentions that have come up for Retired Racehorse over the past few months. I don’t have a lot of spare time to read blogs – like a lot of us, I have work, the horses, the family, etc., and just getting my own writing in is a fair challenge. (Here’s a hint – if you post to Networked Blogs on Facebook, there is a better than average chance that I’ll read your blog. It’s right there – so little effort required…)
I only know who is reading – and what you’re looking for – via the comments – but of course the page views far surpass the comments. BUT WordPress is sneaky and shows me incoming links. When I saw one from The Equinest I was rather intrigued. It turns out that I owe some love to Jackie Baker, writer of Regarding Horses, who responded to her selection as Blogger of the Week with a little suggestion of her own – Retired Racehorse. Nifty! Regarding Horses is a great news site, and it has a blog attached, devoted to Jackie’s – you guessed – OTTB, Ace. You can visit Ace’s blog at his blog here.
Another site that continually seems to throw clicks this way is Equestrian Ink. In March I was invited to guest blog and they kindly posted “Dominating Thoroughbreds”. This is an eclectic site covering horsemanship and riding from many angles, written primarily by half-a-dozen equestrian authors.
And of course, the repeat offender, Jessica of Spotty Horse News, who writes with a simplicity I adore. Truly, how wonderful is this paragraph: “In New York, I accosted carriage horses. In Portland, I once chased down a mounted police officer–possibly mildly alarming him. In Austin, I snuffled noses with several big draft horses pulling carriages. In Las Vegas, I went to the Tournament of Kings show at The Excalibur just to see ponies.”
Also – all the blogs on the blogroll below are there for a reason. They’re Natalie-approved. So take a look! If you know any great blogs I haven’t discovered yet, do please share in the comments. (Just for the record, I really can’t read white-on-black formats. I don’t know how people do it.)
Incidentally, I am looking for a name for the forthcoming blog on racetrack life. Your thoughts are much appreciated – along with what you want me to cover!