Wednesday, February 8, 2012

missing shyloh

I've been sick this week, so I have not been out to the barn. Basically, this is what I have been doing all week. . .
Sleep sleep and more sleep
Stretchy sleep
The sickness required a full day off of work and I missed yoga. I had been looking forward to yoga most of all. Oh well. I am back on the mend and should be going to see Shyloh tomorrow. I am positive she missed me just as much as I missed her goofy self.
The one good thing about being stuck on the couch is the hours on end of Law and Order. Just what the doctor ordered to make me feel better! And I got this book in the mail!
Click on photo to take you to the site
I am excited to teach Shy some of these tricks. But I am slightly confused by the book. In the introduction, the author, Carole Fletcher, talks about not teaching a horse to rear (which I would never do anyway!) but there is the picture, right there on the front of the book, of a horse rearing. The book does not teach you how to stand on your horse, either, as it shows on the front, thank goodness! Misleading. So far, that and the lack of color pictures are my only complaints. I do like how she states that the tricks should be taught in a certain order based on how the horse learn and to build off of one another. So the tricks starts out simple, using the head, the mouth, the legs, then the body. Look for videos of Shy being super cute to be making an appearance! I also like how Fletcher discusses using trust and love, not force, to get results. She also points out that the relationship between horse and human is important and that the horse must have basic ground manners before beginning to learn tricks.

On a final note (and a shameless plug). . .voting for the Equestrian Social Media Awards ends this Friday. Me and Shy somehow made it into the final 10 for Best Blog (Category 17). I am not even sure how we got into this, but since we are here, we will do our best!
We need some help from you guys. We need to make 2 one minute videos. One is an acceptance speech in case we win the category and one is a general message of support in case we do not win. 
Here is what I am asking. . .

Any ideas on what I should do or say? I am at a loss when it comes to this kind of stuff. Oh, and I only have until Friday February 17th to submit it. Thanks!!

11 comments:

  1. Hi Allison- I just followed your link and voted for you. I hope you win - your blog is great!! Good luck with the videos- honestly, I have no advice - but I know you'll do fab!

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  2. Oooh! A trick book! You have got to post a video of Shy learning! I bet she will pick it up quickly, she seems like a smart little girl.

    And congrats on the nomination! Your blog is quite fantastic, I can see why you were nominated.
    It may be a little stereotypical, but I would give a brief description of why you started your blog, and a thank you to your followers. It might be good to briefly describe your blog, since not everyone that sees the video will be a follower.

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  3. Feel better and have fun seeing your little Shy again.

    Good luck on the award! Congratulations!

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  4. Hope you're feeling better! I'm sure Shyloh was missing you, but your dogs look like they were LOVING it!! : )

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, the dogs love it when I stay home. They have a nap buddy!

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  5. Yeeuuchh! So sorry to hear you have been sick. That's no fun at all.
    Congrats on the nomination. I'd be clueless as to what to say, but I think GraceEquestrian has some good points.

    Good luck!
    Can't wait to see what your 'Trick Pony' learns!

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    1. Thanks! I have no idea what to say either but I probably use what GraceEquestrian suggested.

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  6. Sorry you were sick. I'm late in reading so I'm sure you're all better now. :D

    Please let us know how you like the book. It's one I had considered getting. I think most cover photos/illustrations are done by different people so the person who wrote the book probably doesn't have much to do with it. Not her fault they used misleading photos. Not a huge deal though. I look forward to videos of Shy learning some tricks!

    Congrats on making it to the final ten best blogs. I voted for you back before they closed the poll. I can't wait for them to announce the winners. Thanks for the link. I lost it somewhere along the way hehe.

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