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Pie's Hematoma Sees the Vet, and Red and Pie Photo Spam

The vet came this morning to see Pie's hematoma. For those interested, here are some photos of what it looks like: Red insisted on coming in too, and closely supervised the proceedings - any time I looked, there was Red's eye at oneShow More Summary

First-Person Research: The Paleopathology of Laminitis in Horses with Lane A. Wallett, DVM

Introduction: Lane A. Wallett, DVM is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She presented an abstract on her research related to evidence of laminitis in ancient horses at the 2013 International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot. Show More Summary

Pie's Hematoma Decides it Needs to See the Vet, and Missy Stands Alone

Pie has had a nasty hematoma on his neck since last Thursday - he came in from the pasture with it. It looked like another horse had grabbed and held on, breaking some blood vessels under the skin, but didn't really break the skin - there were just some areas where the hair was gone. Show More Summary

If your stud fee is higher than the foal

you have a problem.   Cute little filly. Sire is Nu Sunup Chex who is a well worked stallion.  He is a full time pickup horse for the PRCA, has AQHA superiors in heading and heeling.  Plus a ROM in working cow horse.  The stallion is well trained and works for his oats.  A great stallion […] The post If your stud fee is higher than the foal appeared first on Fugly Blog.

We need your stories.

We would love more story ideas.  Fugly horses for sale, rescue horses needing homes, where they are now rescue stories, bad breeders, bad trainers and more.  Send them to Guest writers.  Would you like to write something for the blog?  Really anything horse related I will accept. Show More Summary

Laminitis Research: Milk Thistle Tested in Laboratory for Possible Endotoxin Neutralization

Researchers in Vienna, Austria have conducted in vitro studies of the  milk thistle plant to determine its effect on laminar tissue during  separation caused by endotoxin introduction. Laminitis research has created protocols for testing the effects of different substances on samples of equine hoof tissue. One of these protocols is the introduction of endotoxins, or

Pie Teaches Me Something and Missy Owns Forward

We've been taking advantage of the (relatively) nice weather - at this point, anything above 20F qualifies as "nice" - to do lots of riding. Three horses, three days, three rides a day - can't ask for more than that. Dawn is still being neglected, since it's just too cold to ride in the early mornings. Show More Summary

Biomechanics of Horseshoes by Dr. Jenny Hagen for Werkman: How Does a Side-Wedge Shoe Work?

The Hoof Blog is pleased to share with you the next video from the research of Dr. Jenny Hagen at the University of Leipzig in Germany. Today we share the biomechanics of the "side wedge" shoe. Dr. Hagen's video is sponsored by Werkman Horseshoes of The Netherlands.This video picks up from the previous videos from Dr. Show More Summary

Heat Wave! and We Need More Than Technique

Today we had a heat wave - it made it to almost 20F! Early this morning it was about -8F when I went to the barn. When I went out to visit with my horses in the pastures, all the horses had frost on their eyelashes and muzzle hairs, and several unblanketed horses had frosty hair all over their bodies. Show More Summary

You don’t get to call yourself a horseman.

Utah lawmakers fail to protect the horses. It all started with Representative Ken Ivory, who is identified in the above story as a horseman, introducing a bill that would have banned horse tripping. Show More Summary

This is how we breed better horses

I wish all stallion owners would run specials like this.  This is what is going to increase quality in our horses.  Ideally in a perfect would we would only breed the best of the best and then the horses that weren’t ideal, and it does happen even in the perfect world, those horses go on […] The post This is how we breed better horses appeared first on Fugly Blog.

Why proofreading is important.

Unless you are going for a laugh or really don’t know what you are talking about as we will get to soon. Anybody want a court whore? I mean I see that and I think this: I think they are trying to say quarter horse but apparently don’t read what they write before they send. […] The post Why proofreading is important. appeared first on Fugly Blog.

Sneaking in a Ride

I hadn't expected to ride today - the high was only supposed to be 13F, which is too cold for me. But the bright sun pushed the temperatures above 15F in the early afternoon, and the temperatures didn't start falling again as early as they had predicted - it's supposed to get to -5F tonight with wind chills of -25F. Show More Summary

Three Good Rides, and Red is a Tad Obnoxious

Riding days are few and far between, with our extremely cold weather. Normal highs this time of year are around 35F - we've been in the single digits and sometimes teens and rarely 20s. Today it actually got up into the 20s, and it won't be that warm again for several days (and hasn't been since Saturday), so we took full advantage. Show More Summary

The Limitations of Technique

A very nice, and profound, post by Mark Rashid on the limitations of technique and "training". For me, the concept of just simply riding the horse you way you'd like him/her to go, and offering the feel of that to the horse, and having...Show More Summary

Relaxed at 15 Degrees

It was a sunny day with not too much wind, but the temperatures didn't make it to 20F. I went to the barn not really intending to ride - it was supposed to get much colder in the afternoon but by the time I got everyone groomed, it was still 15 degrees and one other boarder was riding, so Red and I ended up having an excellent ride. Show More Summary

Red Remembers Too

I had an enjoyable afternoon yesterday, and all three of Missy, Red and Pie and I had rides together (Dawn and I spent time in the morning grooming). I had planned to ride Missy and Red, but hadn't been able to ride in days due to the weather, and it's getting very cold and windy again starting today, so no rides again for a while. Show More Summary

Dawn Remembers, and Lots of Photos

Dawn was the first of my horses to move to our current barn, a little over three years ago. Yesterday a mare moved from our old stable to our barn. Think Dawn remembered the other mare? Sure she did: This morning it was actually almost...Show More Summary

Trust Yourself First

I've increasingly come to the realization that, for your horse to trust you, you have to trust yourself first.

Principles to Live By

I've been working on distilling some of my basic principles to live by - a good task for these very cold days. Here's what I've come to so far:1. Be aware.2. Be kind.3. Embrace life.What are yours?

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