Welcome to the second of our guest blogger interviews, this month we are joined by Jen from Horse Shoe Rd which is an Equestrian Lifestyle Blog. Jen welcomes you on her adventures as a DIY horse owner, show mother, groom, planner and organizer. Based in the United States, Jen shares their stories of travelling to horse shows and keeping horses at home.
See below to find out what Jen had to share with us…
1. How did you first get into blogging and what inspired you to start your blog?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and gather inspiration and ideas from Pinterest for a TON of things, from crafts to favourite meals. I found that Pinterest didn’t always have ideas directed specifically to horse shows. When travelling to horse shows, our bunch loves finding great restaurants for a great meal. My initial inspiration was an ebook/travel guide on great dining experiences based on horse show related travels.
2. What was your most successful post? Why do you think it was appealing?
My blog is still on the new side, but so far, I’ve had a good response to a post written about a horse groom technique – hot towelling for your horse. I used this grooming method to thoroughly clean my horse before I body clipped in late fall.
3. Tell me about your proudest horsey achievement?
It seems sometimes horses can take a backseat to being a mom and being just plain busy. I am proud that I continue to ride, continue to take lessons, and continue to set goals for myself and my horse, even if they’re small. I’m proud that I’m setting an example and president for hard work for my daughters. I’m proud that I’ve been a small part of my older daughter’s success in becoming an excellent rider and horseman. I’m proud that I can teach her about owning, caring for, and having a passion for an equine lifestyle. I’m proud that my younger daughter is learning to partner with her horse, patients, and persistence.
4. How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running? How much time do you spend blogging?
To be honest, it’s been very difficult lately. It’s hard to find any quiet time to focus during this chaos that is COVID19. I also planned on writing about horse show travels at this time; however, the unknown of when being social and interacting again is so unknown, it’s been difficult to plan ahead, to figure out what horse shows and social interactions may look like in the future. I keep myself motivated and inspired through engaging in a Facebook group of equine business owners. Each week, the group’s host provides a live session consisting of content and social media marketing topics. I spend a few hours a week working on my blog, many hours are spent on behind the scenes work at this point. I’m still working on finding the most effective method for streamlining my content creation.
5. What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?
I fear criticism and being seen as I don’t belong. This fear causes me self doubt. But honestly, I’m probably my own biggest critic.
6. What advice would you give to fellow bloggers? Are there any strategies that you would recommend?
Getting started is the hardest part. Write about what you love. Make messy progress and learn along the way.
7. Do you have any plans/goals for the future?
I want to create memories with my family during our horse show adventures and share the horse industry with others and hope to encourage involvement.
If you missed last months interview you can catch up here.