Horse Junkies United was born on May 17th, 2011 and has accomplished some MAJOR things before its second birthday. It now has clothing items, accessories, a BOOK and an ESMA Award. It’s continuously growing and thriving, and so fun to watch grow.

HJU Bloggers United!

HJU Bloggers United!

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age”. They suggest that you take the following list to the next doctor’s appointment to go over the milestones reached, and see what you can expect next. So, let’s see how two-year old HJU measures up against some of the milestones in each behavioral category!

Social and Emotional

  • Copies others, especially adults and other children.

Let’s be serious here, HJU doesn’t copy anybody. However as a reader, I find myself copying (or trying to copy) tools and suggestions from some of the instructional videos from Evention. Or channeling Alison Thompson’s ability to set goals and reach them with patience and poise with Ike.

  • Gets excited when with other children.

Everyone saw what happened in the video at the HJU Meet Up at Rolex, right?


  • Points to things or pictures when they are named
Thumbs up

Close enough… Thumbs up for the HJU Book!

  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts.

I’d say we all know each other’s names and faces by now, as well as our favorite eventers, show jumpers, dressage professionals. And I’d say we can name the body parts that affect our riding – such as… our nose.

  • Says sentences with 2 to 4 words.

HJU is a baby savant when it comes to this milestone.


  • Finds things when they are hidden under layers.

Consider it done! That’s what a Horse Junkie does! Peel back the layers of ourselves and our horses to make us the best we can be.

  • Plays simple make believe games.

Pretty sure we all make believe during Rolex, Badminton, Spruce Meadows, or any competition…

Movement/Physical Development

  • Stands on tiptoes, begins to run, throws a ball over head, makes or copies straight lines or circles.

HJU was up and running before its first birthday, and definitely proved we can make circles. Again, HJU is comprised of people whose sport is one of the most physically challenging around. Barbells don’t have brains or a heart rhythm. We surpass average in this category, too.

Looks to me as if we have nothing to worry about at our next doctor’s appointment!

The Birthday Outfit of Mortification

Happy Birthday HJU!!

Jokes aside, the point of comparing a blog site to a human being at age two is to prove one thing: this site IS a person, made up by each and every one of us and you. HJU wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the bloggers, the readers, the sponsors, or the athletes that we admire and respect so much that we follow their every move, cheer for their every accomplishment, feel for every loss. Not only the big name riders, but each other as the average horse-crazy person, sharing our stories every day with the whole world through this website.

We all remind each other what we’re in this for: our horses, and our own souls. None of us would be who we are without these animals, and none of us would be able to find solace in the fact that we aren’t the only crazy ones that spend boku-bucks on massages, supplements, accessories and other horsey things if we didn’t have HJU to unite us in our horsejunkieness.

Happy Birthday, Horse Junkies United!