Sunday, August 23, 2015

Success, Challenges and Yellow Paint

Some weeks are more surprising than others.  This one falls under the heading of "I can't believe someone said that to me!"

The short story, Lockie, has been doing well.  Thank you to those who purchased it and told me they enjoyed it.

The challenges-uck.  My computer needs a major overhaul--major--and I've been putting it off for months but the time has arrived.

And my office is being painted yellow.

Bittersweet Farm stable color bow by Ashley Dechant

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BF Bookmarks

I spent far too many hours to do something as easy as a bookmark but I overcame the challenges and now at least have the image file.  Hopefully they will be printed perfectly.
Some of the books may be available soon at certain horseshows and having bookmarks to give away is said to be good advertising.

We shall see.

This is the front.  There is also a flip-side.

Thanks to Maggie Dana for the help!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Horsey Reads

There's certainly a growing number of equestrian related novels out there now and a few of us are going to create a central location to help readers find the books they want.  It's not live yet but it will be soon.

Lockie: A Bittersweet Farm Short Story

I wanted to know more about the year Lockie lived before arriving at the farm, so I went there. I met a couple surprising people, too, and guarantee we will see at least one of them in the near future.  LOCKIE

Live now at Amazon later today at iTunes.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

How Horses Are Like Dogs

I'm sorry for the people who own or lease a horse but don't keep them at home.  I know this is getting more difficult to do as property is at a premium and not everyone lives with enough room for a horse. You develop a special relationship with anyone you live with and horses are not an exception to that rule.

I've had quite a few horses in my life.  I got my first horse when I was eleven.  For 2 years of college, I was horseless.  Then I had a stable where I taught and kept my horse there.  After that I almost consistently had horses at home, including when I moved from the East Coast to the West, then to Kansas, then back home.  The horses went with me.

Now I live with Ziggy, a TB/Oldenburg mare.

Since she is very responsible, she is given a great deal of freedom on the property.  If I go to the mailbox, she hears the door open and leaves the barn to follow me and to see what I'm doing.  If  I hang up the laundry, there she is checking things out.

It's true she doesn't technically get underfoot the way the dogs do, I'm more under her feet, but she's naturally curious and wants to be with me.  Unless there's delicious hay and then I definitely am less interesting than that.

While horses are herd animals and they really enjoy being with their own kind, they've been domesticated and do bond with humans, like dogs.  The more time, not working, not training, not rushing to get done, you can invest in your relationship with your horse, the happier you will both be.  If you can't keep the horse at home, set aside time to simply be together.  You will be rewarded.