Changes Coming in 2019
Six years ago, I started this blog which I decided to call The Naturally Healthy Horse. At the time, I wasn’t exactly well-versed in the world of blogging, but I knew I wanted my blog to be a little different than others. Instead of just chronicling my life with horses, I wanted to focus on sharing equine health-centric information. Since I was still doing acupressure on outside horses, and I was studying the natural trim, it seemed like the perfect way to share what I’d learned and what I was continuing to learn.
I had hopes of reaching other like-minded people, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of followers the blog has gained over the years. Turns out there are a lot more natural horse health enthusiasts than I ever knew!
For anyone who’s been with me from the start, I want to thank you. Truly, and from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for reading The Naturally Healthy Horse all these years. And for those of you who have more recently hopped on board, I want to thank you, too. You’ve all helped me to continue to grow as a writer, a lifelong horse lover, and really, as a person. I’m grateful to you all.
But a lot can happen in the span of six years. When I started The Naturally Healthy Horse, I had five horses. I now have three. I’ve gone for years and not lost a horse, but in the last six years, I’ve lost three. As anyone who’s ever lost a horse knows, it’s not easy. P.K. and Kady were elderly. It was their time to go. Bob, however, was still in his prime. He’d had colic surgery a few years prior and was suffering from complications (intestinal adhesions, most likely).
I also lost my vet during this time period. It’s not something that’s often spoken of, but veterinarians are at a higher risk of committing suicide than the general population. Caring for injured, dying, and sometimes abandoned animals takes an emotional toll. I realized as a teenager that veterinary medicine isn’t all puppies and kittens when I worked at a clinic run by my best friend’s father. It’s one of the reasons I decided to pursue teaching (and now writing) rather than be a vet.
Of course, many good things have happened in the last six years as well. I bought my first-ever bay horse: McCoy. I’ve found a new vet who I really admire. I’ve watched my human children grow and become more wholly themselves (neither much interested in horses, unfortunately!). I’ve written articles for several publications, including The Horse, Horse Network, Country Extra, and Natural Horse Magazine. I’ve also started editing for outside clients. But one of my biggest accomplishments has been completing five young adult books.
You might be thinking, this is all good and well, but how does it affect me? Well, it probably doesn’t. But I share some of this so maybe you’ll understand why I’ve decided to make some changes in the coming new year.
In 2012, I started out writing two posts per week. I treated this blog like a part-time job, which is what I’ve learned you have to do in order to be successful. After a year or two, I cut back to one post per week. It was still a quite a time investment. Once both my children were in school all day, I had more time, but I was balancing other writing jobs as well as book-writing. As time has gone on, I’ve focused more and more on writing fiction. My heart has long been set on getting one of my books traditionally published, and after seven long years, I feel like I’m finally getting close to making that happen.
So regretfully, I feel it’s time to cut back on this blog. HOWEVER, the good news is that The Naturally Healthy Horse is not going anywhere! All my past posts will remain accessible, and I will continue to write new blog posts, share guest posts, and do the occasional giveaway, but in 2019, I am planning to publish no more than one or two new posts per month.
My dear readers, I hope you’ll stay with me. There’s still plenty of good stuff to come! I’ll also be doing my best to keep up with The Naturally Healthy Horse Facebook page, so hop on over and follow it if you haven’t already. And please know that I appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you so much for following The Naturally Healthy Horse.
Wishing you and your horses many blessings in the new year to come.