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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28 thoughts on “Top 10 Posts of 2017

  1. Congrats on achieving the one-year milestone! That’s a tremendous feat! I missed a few of these posts when they were published so have bookmarked to read. I’m especially interested in the motivation one because I seem to have lost mine somewhere along the way this winter… 🙂

    1. Thanks Maggie! I hope you enjoy them. It’s hard to stay motivated when it’s cold outside, you aren’t alone.

  2. I loved your post about acupuncture. I’ve been using it successfully for years for chronic pain, but many pet owners don’t realize how effective it can be for their pets.

    1. Absolutely. I plan to make my partners contribute more about acupuncture to the blog this year. Spreading the word about the benefits is so important.

  3. Congrats!! Can’t wait to see what you have in store next year, or should I say next month!

    1. I know, I can’t believe this year is almost over! Time sure flies when you’re having fun. Thanks for contributing the guest post and teaching us about thermal imaging with massage!

  4. You’ve had a great year! I really enjoy reading your blog, and my favorite post so far is the one about your daughter.

    1. Awww, thank you Beth. That is by far my most popular post and the one I was unsure if I should publish. My daughter is very proud, as am I that her story was so well received.

  5. Great list and congrats on a great year. I thought NJ was full of ‘Situations.’ That, and once flying into to Newark once (by accident) then taking shuttle to NYC is my only exposure to NJ.

    1. You are not the only one, unfortunately. There are less “Situations” then you may think and Newark is a common misrepresentation of the rest of the state. Too bad it’s the first thing you see when you land.

  6. Congratulations on your first blogoversary! What an exciting accomplishment! You’ve had a lot of great posts so far. Can’t wait to see where blogging takes you in the future!

    1. Thank you! I’m very much looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings.

  7. Congrats on your one year blogging anniversary! I love this idea of doing a top posts roundup. Such a great collection of information. I may have to steal this idea.

    1. Absolutely! I have a few round ups. This is the overall and coming through the month is top equestrian posts, top wellness posts, and top dog posts. A great way to look at the year in retrospect.

  8. Congrats on your one year anniversary! Mine is next month, and I love this idea of top posts! I will be reading several of your best of posts, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for the wishes and for reading along. Happy early anniversary to you!

  9. Well done and happy first anniversary. You must be pleased with your achievements so far.

    Hip hip hurrah for an excellent horse blog that has taught me such a lot!!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s been an awesome year.

  10. I just went back read your post about Lyme Disease. My husband had it about 7 years ago. He didn’t realize that he had been bitten by a tick – until he was sick and tested several weeks later. Now we are pretty crazy about tick checks. Love the idea about the lint roller on your hair and clothes!

    1. Yes, the lint roller is amazing. I keep one in my car and one in my grooming bag, plus a tick remover for the horses and dogs. Prevention is key. I hope your husband is doing well after treatment.

  11. Those Geopetric collars are ADORABLE! It was so lovely meeting you at BlogPaws and trekking back to Jersey together. Congrats on a great year and here’s to a fabulous 2018!

    1. It was great meeting you at BlogPaws. Are you going to KC? I love the Geopetric collars. They are hardy and beautiful, plus a percentage of every sale goes to rescues. Henry would look fantastic in one. 😉

  12. I love this! Now I can check out your favorite posts all in one place! I also love that you listed your year’s accomplishments! I have also got better with photos. Still wish I had, and knew how to work a professional camera lol but at least what I have is working better for me. Keep up the great work!

    1. Thank you! I started compiling the lists for my own reference and I thought it would be a great way to recap the year. Glad you are moving forward with your photography!

  13. Aw..this is a great blog idea. I don’t own a horse but definitely a fan of your blog and all your accomplishments. So inspiring and wish you continued success. Keep writing and inspiring Heather! Happy to follow you along on your journey.

    1. Thank you Kamira for following along. I love that we all can connect over our love of animals.

  14. I love your blog! I am very much into natural alternatives and have heard a lot of good things about animal massage therapists!

    1. Thanks so much, Alexa! I think it’s great we’re seeing more and more natural alternatives and I want to spread the word about the benefits of animal massage. It’s not a luxury, but has real health impact.

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