Ngugi's Word

Meet Ngugi’s Word (A.K.A. Gugi)

This site chronicles the teachings of a retired thoroughbred racehorse– a beautiful 8-year-old bay mare that I adopted almost a year ago. 

Why do I call it the “teachings of a retired racehorse”?  Well, when I decided that I was ready to get my very own horse, and I was set on the notion of the horse being “off the track”, I had no idea how much I didn’t know.  I went into this whole adoption process thinking, I’ve been around horses most of my life.  I’m totally ready for the challenge of re-purposing a racehorse.  It will only be a few months of heavy training.  It’s really nothing I can’t handle.     

10 months later, I am ready to be truthful with myself about how much I didn’t know, and how much I still don’t know (but am willing to learn) about retraining a racehorse. 

I am ready to say that it was probably one of those decisions in my life that I didn’t fully think through–like buying a condo with a short, steep driveway down into the garage. 

I am ready to really step back and think about why I renamed Miss Spygon to Ngugi’s Word.  In other words, I am ready to put my understanding of Ngugi’s Word (the meaning of the name, that is) into practice by thinking about what it is that this retired racehorse has in her to teach me.  I am listening, Gugi.   

Most of all, I am ready to write about what the past 10 months have been like and record events that will unfold as time continues.   I want this space to chronicle both the seemingly insignificant moments in “off the track thoroughbred” (OTTB) training, and the big Aha moments where we both grow together.  Peppered in this story (hopefully not too heavily) will probably be those events that cause us to take a step or two back.  Although… these often make for the best stories. 

On this 14th day of June, 2012, I officially begin blogging. 

Welcome to my blog–my blog that is as unpredictable as a thoroughbred in crossties. 


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Valourbörn
    May 09, 2013 @ 02:39:55

    Hello, I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. You can check it out here: http://valourborn.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/liebster-award/
    Keep up the great work! 😀


    • ngugiottb
      Jun 03, 2013 @ 02:22:20

      Wow! Im just getting to this now after a hectic few months. I appreciate you thinking highly of my blog. It means a lot to me. -Stefanke


  2. Liebster Award! (Round 2) | Valourbörn
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