I have to be honest - the FHOTD blog was part of what started me riding. I went through the typical horse phase most young girls go through, and that was over by about thirteen years old as I never got to actually have riding lessons. A friend of a friend mentioned the blog on Facebook about eight months ago, and I started reading it - over the course of my first year at uni, I gradually got hooked onto it and it sort of reawakened my awareness of the horse world. About a month before I finished uni for the year, I was thinking 'what can I do this summer, I'll have tons of time to kill and I've managed to save up a bit of money'. My best friend had just killed many of our plans by getting a job just as I got free, and so I was thinking of joining a gym.
And then I thought, "I've always wanted to learn to ride, and I can afford it now. Why don't I treat myself?"
My best friend is a great rider, though she fell out of it after she quit her job at a livery farm where standards were steadily going downhill, and she helped encourage me - but I don't think I would have had the idea if things like the FHOTD blog had put horses into my consciousness again.
If you believe everything you read, better not read.