Hello, and welcome back to the blog!
It’s been a minute since I wrote for BBequines but there has been so much going on in my life that I guess I didn’t know what to say. Bo is retired now so I never had much to write about in that aspect, and because I knew I was leaving, for a while I didn’t see the point of writing and maintaining the blog anymore. I even wrote a post about taking a break for the foreseeable future about a month ago but I never ended up posting it. Perhaps, deep down I knew that it wouldn’t really be a break after all.
My life situation has changed quite drastically and I am still adjusting to the changes as I write this. My husband and I moved to Australia from Scotland on the 11th May and so you can imagine how much preparation was underway before we left. It’s been a good move and it is such a beautiful country, I can’t wait to explore it further. It also offers so many opportunities that were not as likely back in Scotland, like owning a property with land and having my horses on it. That has always been my dream and that is what we are striving for in the long term in Australia.
In the short term, however, it is quite stressful and overwhelming at times as we try to get life set up here. There are many things to adjust to and my way of life is the polar opposite to what I am used to. Another reason I haven’t maintained my blog is because I felt like I was no longer an equestrian as soon as I stepped foot on that plane. I felt that because I no longer had a horse with me, the title wasn’t fitting anymore. Silly, I know.
I realised though, you can still be an equestrian without your own horse. Although my horse is back home living his best life retired and eating himself to contentment, I realised that I still love to write and talk about horses and so that is what I am going to do. I might not have access to horses daily like I did before, but I can still get my horsey-fix through writing about them.
I also plan to go get some riding lessons because it’s been a while since I have had proper instruction and I know I will feel like a sack of potatoes for a while when I get back in the saddle. I’m hoping to meet some people through this too and start to form a feeling of community. Binging horsey-youtubers and watching Heartland doesn’t quite make up for in-person horse chat!
I also have plans to get another horse, though that won’t be until we find a property to stay in. It’s hopefully not too far in the future and it’s super exciting!
So, I plan to still write for this blog about the areas that I am passionate about and I hope to build horses back into my lifestyle in the near future, even if it is just through getting lessons in the meantime until we are settled.