Written by Monica Bretherton, Horsebytes covers both local equestrian events and issues and matters of broader concern to horse people everywhere. Ongoing themes include the realities of rescue work, horsemanship and clinics, adventures in endurance riding and high-country trips.
Liberally illlustrated with photographs, the blog was both a motivation to explore the horse world and its people and to connect it to some more wide-ranging topics. Many posts were requested as articles or online content at other sites, from Washington Thoroughbred (Bumpy), Endurance News (World Equestrian Games, Tevis Fever and others) to the website of the Clark Museum in Williamstown, MA (a 2011 post about Albrecht Dürer and his horse engravings and woodcuts).
As blogging became recognized as a useful media tool, the blog itself became a subject.
- A 2012 article in City Living Seattle by Christie Lagally, Among the Animals, featured the blog. She had this to say:
“Horsebytes” literally takes you along for the ride, and the opportunity to enjoy the unique moments in the life of a horse lover. “
- In 2013, Monica Bretherton received the Media award from the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association for her coverage of the Prodigious Fund’s 100-day Trainers Challenge and other programs designed to promote post-racing careers for Washington horses.
Monica still rides her own retired racer, Willfulness, featured in the Horsebytes logo.