Saturday, July 11, 2015

Blog Tired

It's time to go.  This blog has been running since 2009 - that's six years.  The adventures of Dawn, Pie, Red and now Missy (and Lily, Maisie and Norman at Paradigm Farms in Tennessee), will continue, whether there is a blog or not.  The blog has been fun - I've enjoyed the writing and the interactions with so many of you over the years.  But it's time to live in the real world, rather than on the net - I'm not on FB, or any other platform and have no interest in being there.  There's nothing on here you can't find elsewhere - there's good info on EPM and Lyme, and if you want to learn from Mark Rashid, there are his books, and his FB page, and go audit or ride.  There's some of you I consider friends, even though we've never met in person.

I'm riding almost every day, and enjoying my time and learning with my horses.  I wish all of you the best, with your horses and in the rest of your lives - may you live long and prosper, and may horses fill your dreams.

This blog will be up for at least a while, and then it may go dark.  But the light and the life of horses are in the real world - enjoy the sights, smells and touches of your real horses, and be well.

25 comments:

  1. Good bye from a long time reader...sad that I will no longer "ride along"

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    1. Anon - thank you for your kind comment.

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  2. Hi, Kate: I have been lurking for a couple years and have always looked forward to your posts and your adventures. You are responsible for my interest in Mark Rashid. After an absence from the horse world for over 40 years, finding your blog has been like a ray of sunshine. You have set a shining example of how to care for horses and how to interact with them. You will be missed by many. Could you leave the blog intact and maybe update once or twice a year? Also, it would give people a chance to read all six years of posts. I have several other blogs that I follow that only update once a year and sometimes not even that often. But it is still good to have that confirmation that things are okay. As you said, many of us never meet, but it's still like friends and family--even for those of us who lurk ;-) All the best as you ride forward!

    P.S. I have had you on my blog log ever since finding you--and I'm leaving you on "just in case".

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    1. Sharon - thanks for your kind comment. I'll certainly leave the blog up for a while, and perhaps consider updating a couple of times a year - perhaps once a quarter.

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    2. I really hope you will do this! I love your blog, and even use some of the posts as resources.

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  3. Kate, while I understand completely I echo the hope that you will blog sporadically. I'm not posting much anymore -- my life is very busy now and my internet is slow. Blogging regularly feels like a burden so I'm only posting when I have the energy and interest. I consider you a friend -- and hope we can still connect, even if it is infrequent. I wish you and your horses all the best.

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    1. Annette - thanks - I will try to update occasionally to stay in touch my my horse blogging friends.

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  4. I completely understand. I, too recently decided that my life had outgrown the blogging. While I'll miss hearing about your adventures (and seeing pics of Miss!), I wish you all the best Kate! I'll shoot you texts every now and then:)

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  5. I will be sad to see you go as I love reading your updates, but I do understand. I do hope you will update once or twice a year to keep us posted on how everyone is doing.

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  6. As a blogger myself, Kate, I completely understand how one can get "blog tired". I have so enjoyed your posts, your horses, all of our insights. Perhaps, after some time away from the blog, we might hear from you again, even occasionally.That will be my hope because you have inspired people like me, who do not have horses of our own, to keep on dreaming of the day that we will. Maybe you'll find that it's possible to live in both worlds, the real one and the blog world (which to me is still part of the real world since all of us who read your posts are there as well). I can speak of this since your effect on me has been oh so very REAL and so incredibly meaningful. Thank you for ALL that you have shared, even your blog weariness now, and I hope you will again someday. Most of all, be well, you and all your beautiful horses! :)

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  7. Best wishes to you, Kate.

    I understand that all good things must come to an end. The time that I used to spend blogging is now spent taking care my young family. I have still enjoyed your posts and I am very happy that you have provided a new home for Missy.

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  8. Oh, I so understand! I love your closing paragraph. It has been fun reading your blog, and your year with horses was a very long one, indeed! I have learned so much from you and I wish you well.

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  9. I totally understand where you're coming from. There is so much going on in "real life" right now that blogging has slipped to the end of my to-do list.

    Could I put my vote in for keeping this wonderful resource up, even if you move away from posting - though quarterly updates sound good. It's quality, not quantity, that counts - and you have that in spades here.

    Watching you grow as a horsewoman has been inspiring. Thanks you for sharing your journey. I hope we can stay in touch. :D


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  10. I'll be sorry to see you go. I did like checking in to hear how all the horses and you are doing. I understand your decision to close the blog down. I've thought about it myself recently. Hopefully, you can keep us updated on how you and the horses are doing occasionally. Have fun with the horses and be well.

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  11. I understand, too. My blogging has been slow this year as well and, while I read, I can never find the time to comment. As others have said, I hope you leave the blog up and post sporadically. It's full of good info and I'd like to keep up with Pie and Dawn and Red, even if it's just once a year or so!

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  12. Thank you for all your time. I have enjoyed reading your blog.

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  13. I understand. I've been struggling to keep my own updated as well. I will certainly miss your blog, though, and miss hearing about your adventures with your wonderful horses! I hope you will post sporadically, as you indicated in a few comments -- I would love to get the occasional update on how you and the horses are doing. And please do leave the blog up -- it's a wonderful resource on many subjects!

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  14. Please leave your blog up! Ditto, introduced me to mark rashid and reading has been a frequent pleasure. Thanks for everything and all the best xxx

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  15. I also hope you leave the blog up a while. You have written many posts over the years that made me think, and gave me insights into horsemanship. I'll try to print out the most important to me. I thank you for all the work and thought you've put into the blog, and I don't blame you for calling it quits. Being on a horse is still the best place to be.

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  16. Best wishes to you & yours Kate!! There is nothing that compares to living in the moment(s). I echo all of the above comments. Your help and kindness on my blog over the years has been very appreciated. Know that you'll be missed & I hope you'll stop back once in a while.

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  17. I hope you do sporadic updates. I'll miss hearing about Dawn, Pie, Red and Missy. You've had an awful lot of us along for the ride(s)!

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  18. I always enjoy your perspective and your voice, Kate. You will be missed! It's been fun sharing the last 6 years with you and your horses.

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  19. Oh no, I'll miss your wonderful and insightful perspective on riding, and your horses!! Hard to believe it's been 6 years, but I've really enjoyed reading your posts. They've been so very helpful over those years. I understand though, and cannot blame you for growing weary of maintaining your blog. You've always put forth a lot of effort into your writing, and that's what your readers love about you. Hopefully, you will pop in from time to time and let us know how life is going. Blessings Kate, and thank you.

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  20. I sure understand being blog tired. Glad you have decided to keep it up even if you aren't posting- I like to come here from to time to review some of the posts you have written that help me through some particular problem. Enjoy your beautiful horses!

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  21. It's the ocean of life, waves crest and then they fall, and sometimes you just don't feel like sharing everything online. I totally understand, I'll look forward to your quarterly updates and in the meantime- live a wonderful life!

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