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Lost Hoof History Holidays: November 23 is Saint Clement's Twanky Dillo Day

Imagine a holiday when farriers and blacksmiths fired their anvils, then roamed the streets and knocked on the doors of homes, demanding liquor or cash as they sang songs with lyrics only they understood. It was St Clem's Day, and it has slipped off British calendars and from people's memories...unless you know where to look. Show More Summary

Veterans Day for a Forgotten Hero: The Farrier at Compiègne

The memory of war is harsh, but the memory of a hero's deeds often improve with age. An anonymous World War I hero is still in the books but you have to dig to find him. World War I began on August 1, 1914 when Germany declared war on Russia. Show More Summary

Breeders Cup: Innovative Copper-Shield Racehorse Shoes Debut Under British Turf Runner Decorated Knight

Kerckhaert horseshoes treated with a copper "shielding" process, along with copper-coated Liberty CU Carrera nails, give British runner Decorated Knight a unique flash as he trains at Del Mar in California for this weekend's Breeders Cup. Show More Summary

Underfoot with Winx: Meet Australia’s champion and her farrier, John Bunting

Meet Winx’s near fore. And, better than that, meet her farrier: Mr. John Bunting of Melbourne, Australia. She's the world's favorite racehorse--and with good reason. She's also a favorite of her farrier, who reports that she is so good-tempered,...Show More Summary

Charge of the Light Brigade: Hooves and Hearts of the Survivors

Today is the anniversary of the ill-fated but gallant Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War back in 1854. More than half the British horses and a third of the men who galloped "into the valley of Death" behind the controversial Earl of Cardigan would never gallop back out. But what about the ones who did? Quick refresher: The famed charge of the light brigade was an

Reg Pascoe, Australia's Legendary Equine Veterinarian, Has Died

In Australia, and almost any part of the world where horses are raised or raced or bred, you could be forgiven for thinking that there's a secret word that seasoned horsemen and veterinarians all seem to know. "Pascoe" certainly must be synonymous with "horse vet". But it didn't refer to all horse vets, it meant only one. Show More Summary

Research: Direct-Injection Gene Therapy Proven Successful for Soft Tissue Lameness Injuries in Horses

Two dressage horses recovered from suspensory ligament and superficial flexor tendon injuries following direct injection of enhanced equine DNA into the injury site. The research was published this week. (Photo: Catrin Rutland, Assistant...Show More Summary

Burghley Best Shod Horse 2017: Paul Varnam's Front Bar Shoes for Eventer Ivar Gooden Impress Hoof Judge

The hind feet of Ivar Gooden, the "best shod horse" prize winner at England's Burghley Horse Trials this year, are shod with dramatic lateral extension shoes, as prescribed by the horse's veterinarian. But the judge said that it was the front feet that won this horse the prize for farrier Paul Varnam of Leicestershire, England. Show More Summary

Horseshoes in History: Why Did the Forge Cave in Under the World Champion "Fighting Blacksmith"?

This photo of World Champion boxer Bob Fitzsimmons is a mystery. "The Fighting Blacksmith" from New Zealand posed with an anvil wearing his apron. His left foot seems to be on top of a very large horseshoe. I’m not a boxing fan, but I like a good story. Show More Summary

Canadian researchers evaluate joint pressure in ridden Quarter horses with and without horseshoes

EquineGuelph is reporting that the Ontario Veterinary College's Professor Jeff Thomason, BA, MSc, PhD is working on a summer project investigating the changes of loading pressure on the joints of Quarter horses as it relates to shoeing. Professor...Show More Summary

New Blog Address

This blog continues at the new address in the link... see you there, if you're interested.

2017 British Equine Veterinary Association Congress features “BEVA Farriery Day” and equine lameness programs

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress is only six weeks away, and the time has come to make plans to attend this world-class event. Touting itself as "organized by horse vets for horse vets", the BEVA Congress is Europe’s largest equine veterinary conference. Show More Summary

Why Are They Called the "Horse" Latitudes? Storytelling and horse legends at their best

Horses below decks on board a sailing ship bound for India from Malta. Horses were valuable cargo. What happened to some horses en route to their destinations is the stuff of legends.  Illustration by John Charlton, as seen in The Graphic in November 1878. Whenever horsepeople get together, the stories begin. Show More Summary

FEI hosts new Grooms Working Group; will support their role in sport horse welfare

Grooms are gaining recognition for the role they play in equine welfare within equestrian sport. The FEI's new Grooms Working Group is expanding into a more formal registration program for international sport horse grooms. (Fran Jurga...Show More Summary

Happy Fourth of July: A look back to when Uncle Sam was at the anvil, sharpening an ominous sword

In mid-1941, the United States was still politically neutral as war erupted in Europe, North Africa, and Asia. The Atlantic wasn't safe for US ships anymore. So the popular Liberty magazine cover became a billboard for one side of the debate. Show More Summary

Moving to a New Blog Address

From now on, please look for us at this new blog address. The old blog, and its pages and sidebars, will still remain here at this address for reference. Please do not leave comments here, as I will not be checking them.Hope to see you over there, as A Year With Horses continues!

New HoofSearch documents give busy equine professionals a one-stop lifeline to newly-published global research

The time has come: After almost two years in the incubator (and the library), a new service is finally available to all. HoofSearch is a little on the nerdy side; it is designed for those of you interested in research--and eager to keep up with it. Show More Summary

Happy Mares in Retirement

Melissa at Paradigm just sent me some video - nothing exciting, but just happy, grazing mares.Maisie is the dark bay with white socks who's up first, Dawn is the red bay who's up next, and Lily is the large grey mare in the center of the next shots. Show More Summary

Perfect Riding Times

I've managed to ride all three horses three days in a row. I used to do this fairly often - sometimes I even rode four when Dawn was still here in Illinois - but I'd fallen out of the habit. I've started working back towards that again,...Show More Summary

The Royal Veterinary College’s Equine Locomotor Research Course for farriers expands to the USA

Good news! The already-successful graduate diploma research course for farriers at England's Royal Veterinary College (RVC) will be offered in the United States, beginning in January 2018. The deadline for applications is September 4,...Show More Summary

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