What you need to know to follow along. Scroll down for Cast of Critters
Virtual Brush Box is a daily blog mostly about horses.
In 2010, I bought my big, fancy midlife crisis horse for hunter/jumper/eventing/dressage/whatever looked good and brought home shiny ribbons [The Cast Assembles]. It didn’t work out. Four years later, I bought a young prospect [Meet Milton]. That didn’t work out either. Both are in my backyard. Both are gorgeous, talented, annoying, and useless. Thus the low-grade whine of frustration that permeates the blog [Hello Whining, My Old Friend]. I say they are useless, but only from a competition point of view. As household entertainment, they excel.
In 2012, I started saddle seat lessons as a way to get out of the house [Sam I Am].
As of September 2018, the first horse, Rodney, remains a pasture ornament. We have taught the second horse, Milton, to drive [Milton’s First Carriage Drive] and I have started showing him in Introductory dressage [Maintaining Our Firm Grip On Last Place] and hunt seat [Victory Is Ours!]. Jumping is in the future. Then again, jumping was in the future in 2010. But I digress. I continue to visit the saddle seat world without committing [Why I Am Not A Saddle Seat Genius, And Probably Won’t Be].
As of August 2019, things are looking up. Both horses are in work. While neither horse is where I thought they would be at this point, we make creeping progress. Crosses fingers.
March 2021. I need to update this. How do you update 2020?
January 2022. … or how to recap 2021?
May 2022. Looked at this again. Still at loss for words.
I write about horses, horse shows, horse care, and a range of things vaguely horse-shaped, including photography, stamps, books, LEGO, and so on. I write mostly about me and my environs. I’ve been out of the mainstream too long to have much of an opinion on current horse events. That’s not true. I have opinions, most of them based on 20-year old data. So I keep to myself.
Also post about my cats, because what would the Internet be without cats [Our New Four-In-Hand]?
Schedule – Content
Monday to Thursday – Horses
Friday – Fitness
Saturday – Words
Sunday – Images
if you want horses, tune in Monday through Thursday. If you enjoy random variety, stayed tuned for the rest of the week. [Shifting The Schedule]
Section updated February 26, 2021.
Schedule – Awareness of the outside world
Monday to Friday – current events
Saturday – reading recommendations, suggestions, thoughts
Sunday – art, ditto
Exceptions. When other people are involved, I tone it down. Therefore no AOW for guest posts; pleasant, happy links for lesson days. None for fiction.
Section added May 2022.
The Rest of the Story
For more on the history of the blog, the people who make it possible, and the reason the name doesn’t match the url, please visit [State of the Blog, Introduction].
Section above added November 2020. Section below moved from own page 4/23 /21 with theme change.
Cast of Critters
Rodney. 17.1h, bay Thoroughbred gelding, b.1999. Never raced. Joined our menagerie in 2010.
Milton. 16.1h, gray, off-the-track Canadian Thoroughbred gelding. b. 2008. Arrived 2014.
Mathilda. 15h 2″ QH-cross mare, born 1984, bought 1991. Mama was a Quarter Horse. Daddy was anybody’s guess. Husband horse. Crossed the rainbow bridge in May of 2014. She was 30 years old, 23 of them spent with us. She lives on in the first 2 1/2 years of the blog.
Caesar, aka Previous Horse – 16h, bay, Thoroughbred gelding, b. 1983. Bought at age 6 off the track. Showed Adult Jumpers. Died peacefully at home in 2009 at the age of 26. [In Defense of Caesar]
Thank you for reading,
Updated 8/9/19, unless specified