It makes me happy that people look for answers on my blog, and I hope that they find what they’re looking for (and you do, too).

As my platform, WordPress tells me some of the search terms that people use to find me.  Some of those search terms surprise me.  Some gratify me. Some bewilder me.  And some make me laugh out loud.

Questioning horsemen on their laptops or desktops or phones or iPads, take the time to carefully choose their words and type them in the boxes in the search engines of their choice, in hopes of finding the answer they’e looking for somewhere on what used to be known as the World Wide Web.

Just yesterday, people came here wanting to know more about:

cavaletti spacing

how far up should a bit be in a horse’s mouth

pulling shoes for winter thoroughbred

bruising to bars in horse’s mouth

All great things to be thinking about.  All things that have interested me and which I’ve sought out reasons and solutions for, and which I’ve had a chance to share here on the blog.  All things that great horsemen who preceded me taught me, as did the horses I’ve been privileged to know.

I’ve learned through the last twelve months (the first anniversary of my blog is less than a week away) that lots of people want to know what Buck Brannaman has to say (245 people came here to find out)…that people want to know more about the artist Franz Marc and his extraordinary paintings of horses (“Franz Marc” is the eighth most common search term leading to my blog)…and that there’s a great interest in horse skulls.  In fact, there’s a deep and abiding interest in horse skulls, as evidenced by the following search terms and their frequency:

horse skull (61)

horse head (60)

horse skull anatomy (18)

horse heads (16)

horse head skulls (6)

horse head side (6)

horse head-on (2)

anatomy of the horse head (2)

Who would have thunk it?  (To me, this horse head business is as surprising as the intimate moment that led Pokey to utter the same words in Mary McCarthy’s wonderful novel, The Group, which are repeated in the equally marvelous movie of the book, with Candice Bergen.)

There are also search terms that make me appreciate the diversity and creativity of Googlers everywhere.  Search terms like these:

how hard it is to keep calm and walk in integrity

soft fisting horses

muscles feel like ball bearings

snakes climbing shawna quakes

field full of horse poop

The last phrase tells it like it is.  I know as I write this that a field of horse poop will soon await me.  Luckily, it won’t be full of horse poop, since I’m an obsessive poop picker.

For those interested in the posts that cover some of the topics above, I can direct you here:

How to space your cavaletti

From the horse’s mouth

Barefoot break

Another look at the two-finger rule

Notes & quotes from a clinic junkie:  Buck Brannaman



Buck Brannaman on timing and tact (and cows)

The horses of Franz Marc

Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t tell me which post someone viewed after searching for “snakes climbing shawna quakes.”  I wish I knew.  Instead, I’m adding it my list of life’s wonders.