Lack of internet leads to more quality time with horses?

No internet at home...take the work on the road!

No internet at home…take the work on the road!

Our recent move to a very rural area came with one small hitch…no high speed internet connection at home.

I’m on the internet a lot…the question seemed to be, “How will I survive?”

It was bumpy at first. I made mistakes.

I do have a hotspot on my phone…

My iPhoto tried to back up to the iCloud and ate up almost a third of my monthly allowance in one evening. Oops.

Then creativity was needed. Where can I upload Youtube videos from? Turns out the library and coffee shops are both great options…but they are also twenty to forty minutes away.

I have worked in stranger places before though. I have blogged on airplanes, while riding in the car and sitting blog at stallon a bucket outside of a stall at a horse show. A coffee shop is a step up from some of those!

During one of my internet session I read a blog that a friend had posted and my mom had shared.

I can’t remember why the title grabbed me. Something about a pastor getting a divorce but really it was because two other people, my mom included, had recommended it.

Turns out he was divorcing someone who was, “extremely smart, funny, reliable, and keeps me up to date with all the latest trends. And although she’s always by my side…” (for the full blog-click here)

SPOILER ALERT: He was divorcing his phone. Check out some of his recommendations:

1. Learn to balance the time you spend on your phone.

2. Make your phone an accessory rather than a priority.

3. Give yourself limitations as to when and where your phone can be used.

4. Control how you use your phone, and stop allowing your phone to control you.

5. Try spending parts of your weekends unplugged, offline, and away from your mobile device.

I love the internet. It is an amazing tool, not unlike other tools I use like bits and spurs…when they are appropriate. And the best part?

When I walk away from the coffee shop I feel a deeper sense of freedom. The urge to check Facebook… just ‘one more time’ is gone.

In its place is the knowledge that I have done what I could online for the day and now I am going to spend time with my family and my horses.

Turns out setting limits benefits the horse trainer as well the horse.

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  1. Tracy on March 25, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I am so sick of trying to visit with people who can’t get their face out of some electronic device I might scream soon! I turn my phone off when I go to bed and turn it back on when I remember to do so. If someone dies, then they better come to my house to tell me. I go at least a day a week or more a week and don’t miss anything life changing. I don’t have TV at the moment, but when I do I can count the hours I watch a week on one hand… Call me weird! Tell’em Stacy!

    • Stacy on March 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Tracy- I went through an ‘addiction’ phase but have ‘recovered’. I think the internet is an incredibly valuable tool but it is not everything. Balance, balance, balance. Our ‘blackout’ summer was amazing. Within two weeks everyone was reading books like crazy! Kids included. That is an amazing side-effect.

  2. Alex Sykes on March 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I live in a rural area as well but without my internet, I wouldn’t have such a great tool to educate myself about my horses and I would miss the great resources on horse care. As a blacksmith and farrier, I work hard at staying current in my own training. I find access to the internet to be important to my ongoing learning. The key is to work the horses during daylight hours and work my brain in the evening. There are so many resources online that I would feel like I wasn’t giving my horses my best if I didn’t continue my horseucation regularly. Vets are required to complete continuing education, I have my own continuing education requirements. In most places in this country, there are satellite systems that give you high speed internet. I applaud your efforts to spend more time with your horses but the internet is a great resource that shouldn’t be dismissed to quickly. After all, how would I follow your blog without it?

  3. Carrie on March 24, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I just moved to the edge of town- mostly so I could work online and our son could have friends. I am still amazed about what’s online. The satellite guy just hooked me up with internet tv for free! We are watching team roping on you tube on TV. How crazy is that? Traveling to internet isn’t fun unless you find a good spot and have to ride your horse to get up the side of the mountain to get to it. I wish you luck finding a place you can ride to for internet. ( Thanks for what you do. You are another thing I get to enjoy now.)

  4. Connie Owens on March 24, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Very cool post and I can relate! I don’t have a smart phone/iphone just for that reason because when I’m outside taking care of the horses & barn I can so plug in to them and leave the internet stuff for my time in the house when I don’t need to be back outside working. (I have a very cheap old slider phone that stays in my pocket while I’m at the barn working because I do believe having a phone on you is a smart thing to do when you are by yourself working around animals).

  5. Rosie on March 24, 2014 at 6:10 am

    this is why i LOVE working with horses, it’s just you, and your horse. No phone.

  6. Janette on March 24, 2014 at 4:25 am

    Oh, how the most profound statement on the bottom seems to be over looked. Thanks Stacy for this lovely reminder of what life is all about.

  7. Wendy Russ on March 24, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Point taken, your advice and awareness are always well received. Of late I have been enjoying my new stick & string tool and the concept of my horses asking questions to which I am learning to take no ofence! loving it and spending less time with my ipad tool at the same time :D. I do hope you and Jac will keep in touch though. Keep up the good life! I’m off to spend some quality time with my hubby 🙂

  8. Lesia Lowe on March 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    well you could just turn into a caffeine junkie…and campout at the starbucks… but…. then you couldn’t type cuz your hands would shake a bunch…. bottom line… enjoy family time and horses….. we will miss you not being on here… :o(

  9. Anna Scantlan on March 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Our 14 yr old daughter lost her electronics privileges for a day and she had a great day of productive room cleaning and horseback riding. She was like, “Wow, it was nice not being able to watch tv today!” I was like, “Yeah, there’s a real life that is really interesting to live, huh?!” She totally agreed and suggested we get rid of our cable. LOL.

    • Stacy on March 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Anna- Sounds like my house, sort of. A few years ago I declared an electronic ‘blackout’ for the summer! No TV, no gameboys, no game systems, etc.

      When the summer ended..the TV never came back! We did eventually get Netflix but never did participate in the digital antenna upgrade, etc.


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