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Top 10 Posts of 2017

Guess what? For the first time I get to do a Top 10 Posts! Today is the 1st anniversary of Bridle & Bone! It’s been an amazing year, and really there is nothing that I can complain about. Except perhaps a little laugh at my first blog posts. But even then to look back at my writing and know that in the past 12 months:

  • My writing has improved.
  • My photography has improved.
  • I’ve made amazing connections with other equestrian and pet bloggers worldwide.
  • The blog inspired my first book.
  • I created the Equestrian Blog Hop.
  • I’ve written for other blogs, tack stores, and even Holistic Horse!

And who could forget the nominations, awards, and opportunities that blogging has provided? So as the sun begins to set on 2017, here is a look back at my most popular posts in descending order. 

10. Guest Post: Acupuncture and the Veterinary Cancer Patient

I am not shocked that a guest post made the cut. My friends and colleagues, Dr. Michelle Morges and Dr. Kendra Pope, are veterinary oncologists that practice acupuncture on their patients. As such, they have a unique perspective on how alternative therapies benefit illness in animals.

9. Everything You Need to Know to Prevent Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks are very common in the eastern United States. Chances are, if you have an animal they have encountered a tick, or even become ill as a result. Our goal at Bridle & Bone Wellness is to use natural products on horses and dogs. This article is everything you need to know to remove ticks and prevent disease.

8. What I Learned from Watching a Judge’s Clinic

In late winter I audited a judge’s clinic at nearby Copper Hill Stables. Run like a typical schooling show, it was very interesting because instead of ribbons and scores the riders received feedback from an “r” rated judge. I learned what the judge watches for in riders and their horses.

7. What Can I Give My Dog to Reduce His Anxiety?

Natural anxiety relief

Like many of you, I have an animal that is a bit (okay a lot) high strung. In this post, I talk about a product that is both natural and extremely beneficial for my dog- CBD treats by Treatibles.

6. Struggling with Motivation

 

As a returning adult equestrian I often struggle with my confidence as a rider. I’m older, heavier, and increasingly unwilling to step outside my comfort zone than when I was younger. Whatever our reasons, this post really resonated with equestrians worldwide.

5. A History of Horses in the Garden State

When I tell people I am from New Jersey people are shocked we have horses. The general consensus is that NJ is filled with oil refineries and urban areas. But it’s called the Garden State for a reason. Horses are the state animal of New Jersey. In this post I delve into my state’s long history with horses.

4. How to Prepare for Your First BlogPaws Conference: The Newbie Perspective

This year, after only blogging a few months, I attended the BlogPaws conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A huge event, drawing hundreds of animal writers and their pets from around the world, I was unsure what to expect. I did research, asked questions of the ambassadors and veterans, and this post was the result. At the end of the day was I well prepared? Absolutely.

3. Geopetric Personalized Dog Collar- a Product Review

Hands down my most popular product review to date, there are hits almost every day on my site. This is a small company, based in Florida, that provides unique and high-quality collars, leashes, and harnesses for cats and dogs. I loved them so much I became an affiliate.

2. For the Love of a Thoroughbred

This started as a love letter to Delight, and morphed into a list of reasons why we all love thoroughbreds. After all, I can’t be the only one who had misconceptions of the breed and then came to love them above others.

1. My Daughter is My Hero

Horses teach children confidence.

My most personal post to date. I don’t often write about my children because I respect their privacy. But this was a story I was burning to write down. As other writers know, sometimes you just have a visceral need to put your thoughts on paper (or computer). My eldest daughter inspires me daily. She is strong, smart, and confident.  I showed it to my husband who subsequently cried. When I showed Cameron she was all smiles. I didn’t have to ask if I could publish it. In fact, she asked me to share her story. I hope she can inspire you too.

Thank You

Thank you for reading, commenting, and for your support. My blog has had over 32K page views, over 9K unique visitors, and allowed me to share my story as an animal massage therapist and returning adult equestrian. Happy holidays.

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