Monday, November 2, 2020

Starting Over

It has been about six months since I lost Nimo.  The early days after his death were very hard.  As time went on, I still missed him and was very sad.  But the reality of not having a horse to work with every day began to eat away at me.  I didn't like the person I was becoming, and I realized that I couldn't go on living my life for too much longer without a horse to spend time with.  I also realized that I missed writing about my life with a horse.  I had so many ideas left unpursued and there was so much I still wanted to learn.  Plus I learned so much from Nimo that it would be such a waste to let the lessons he taught me collect dust in the recesses of my mind.

And so I came up with the idea to continue blogging, but with a different objective.  This blog started with a very specific purpose - to write about Nimo's and my journey into endurance riding.  Though we never got to the destination I hoped for when I started blogging, it's possible that we got to one even better - one that left me with a much greater understanding of how complex our relationships with horses can be.  I couldn't believe how much I learned about everything from hoof care to feeding to turnout to riding to behavior to bodywork.  I'm not sure if there is another equine discipline out there that requires the owner/rider to know as much about horse care as endurance riding does.

I want to continue my education about all things horse-related, but I don't want to do it on this blog.  For the time being, I will be leaving this blog up and running, in case Nimo's and my struggles and successes are helpful to someone else.  But I will be moving my writing over to a new blog called "A Student of the Horse."  It feels right to do that now, both as a way to honor Nimo's memory and to allow me to continue writing about something I love.  If you feel so inclined, please join me at https://astudentofthehorse.blogspot.com for future posts about anything and everything related to horses.

7 comments:

  1. I am so, so happy to hear this. *hug*

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    1. Thank, lytha! I'm happy to be finding a way forward:)

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I have loved reading about your journey with Nimo and you have taught me so much. I just wanted to say thank you and to wish you all the best in your new direction.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and for joining me on my journey with Nimo. Good luck to you!

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  3. I was so sad to hear about Nimo, and giddy to see a new post that implies a new partner will soon benefit from those hard-earned lessons. You are an excellent writer and I have found much to think about in your posts.
    Congratulations on your new chapter.

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    1. Thank you so much! It makes me very happy to know that my posts are helpful:)

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