While I'm trying to get my motivation for blogging back, I wanted to give a shout out..
Go check out Polar Square Designs! Kate was awesome enough to do a portrait for Aimee when Cuna passed, a really pretty 8x10" graphite. Kate does commissions, portraits, ornaments, logos (including the Team Flying Solo logo!) and other super awesome things, including THE coolest saddle pads ever! (No seriously, THE coolest. You have to check them out!)
Go check out her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/
Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/
And her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll be back to writing... eventually. I had a large influx of hate emails and creepy Facebook messages about what a horrible evil horse abusing cheater I am, and that dampened my interest in sharing my story a bit. People went so far as to stalk my Facebook and ride records, and send me my own photos of myself riding to illustrate how bad of a person I am. I've met some incredibly nice, wonderful, generous endurance people, and then I've met some of the most terrifying, judgmental, angry people I've ever had the misfortune to cross paths with.... yikes! It's easy to be a couch jockey and barf up hated all over your targets from the anonymity of a computer screen, and I certainly don't feel the need to defend myself - I know full well how I care for my animals, since I am the one here doing it and they are not. But I also don't feel the need to share my story if I am going to get eaten alive for it. I don't need that kind of noise in my life.
That being said, it sounds for the most part like it's an isolated thing. Everyone I've talked to says there are some REALLY bad endurance apples out there that spoil all the fun for the good ones. Sounds like everybody has a story about being screamed at, or called names, or accused of overriding, or accused of being out of control, or whatever. I guess it comes with the territory. So, eh.