Breeches and Boat Shoes, this blog I created in college as a way to keep my family updated on the goings on with the then-new-to-me Ax, has been in my life since September 2013. From intercollegiate competition to summers on Martha’s Vineyard and adulting, this blog’s readers have read it all. But as the years have gone on, so much has changed since the founding of B&BS and the late college nights it thrived on—Ax and I have left our show ring days behind us and I spend more time at a desk than at the barn. Now a full-time professional in the communications sector of the equine industry and a fully-fledged adult amateur in the saddle, my blog and I are moving onward and upwards.
I am so excited to introduce you to The Working Amateur, a more mature but equally equestrian space to bring my creativity and thoughts to the internet. Don’t worry—Ax and I are still here, just with a little more life experience and a lot more wine. Check it out and subscribe for a splash of fresh material, some of the same content you (and I) know and love, and plenty of Ax’s cute face.
How many times can I say “I’m back!” before I become the blogger who cried wolf? Part of being a blogger means having to write around real life things like work and riding or adult things like grocery shopping. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, real life has been pretty busy lately, leaving me with just enough time to go to bed at a semi-reasonable hour and zero time to sit down to write a post.
Trying to balance horses and life can feel like being in a battle with the clock—there’s never enough time to do everything you hoped to when you woke up in the morning. I love seeing the day-to-day doings of the average adult ammy’s life, so welcome to (almost) 24 hours in mine.
It has been more than a hot minute since a new blog post—over a month, really. After a a little blogging break, we are kicking things back off with a quick Q&A via Instagram, plus a few common questions I get. (Being someone on social media is weird…)
Seeing as Ax is clipped year-round, it is no surprise that my collection of blankets is overwhelming…to say the least. Seriously, I have so many that I keep a note in my phone with a list of all the blankets, their amount of fill, and where they are stored. That being said, I know I am not the only horse owner with a million and one blankets, so here is my blanket collection—you all can either relate or judge me.