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Temptation, Bribery and Eating Well

These three things aren't really related... but each is related to a specific horse...Dawn is doing very well - eating up a storm. She's still on Banamine and antibiotics and seems to be completely comfortable. And seeing the teeth that were removed, I can sure see why she feels better now. Show More Summary

Video: How Does Dianne Volz of Equine Therapy 502 Help Keep Top Thoroughbreds Running?

Equine therapist Dianne Volz serves top Thoroughbred racehorses on the East Coast. A new video in this article explains some of the services she and her assistants provide and the tools they use to keep horses supple and comfortable during training. Show More Summary

Why Worry?

Another fascinating post - this time from Kate Sandel, on worry - and at the bottom there is a fascinating video - well worth watching.

New Statistics: Lameness Most Critical Health Problem for British Horses; Laminitis Increased in 2014

A new study published today in Great Britain sorts out what is likely to send horses to vets and farriers for treatment there, and you have to look pretty far down to find hoof-related problems (other than laminitis) on the list.  Great...Show More Summary


A lovely, and very wise, post from Nic at Rockley Farm about the mutual confidence, or lack thereof, of horse and rider.

Dawn Does Dental (Again)

Today was another long dental day. This was Dawn's second appointment, to remove two more damaged molars, for a total of three. She has a fourth fractured molar, but it appears to be alive and stabile at the moment so it's being left alone.The dental surgical team arrived at around 9:15 a.m., and by 9:30 a.m. Show More Summary

Like Painted Kites Those Summer Nights Went Flyin' By

Once again, the horse that looks so positively darling in this photo was actually quite the pill in the round pen before this photo was taken. Once again I asked her to trot and she pinned her ears at me and shook her sour, pointy face in my direction with real conviction. Show More Summary

No Vacation for Laminitis: Brazilian Champion Bal a Bali Fights Disease in Florida

Just as the August "supermoon" was getting ready to rise on Sunday night, Fox Hill Farm sent out a chilling tweet. It said simply: "Bal a Bali fighting laminitis". The Brazilian champion racehorse Bal a Bali was recently purchased by...Show More Summary

Bigfoot on Course: Is Gatcombe's Best Shod Horse the Biggest Shod, Too?

This horse is making a big splash in the eventing world. British event rider Ben Hobday's big-footed advanced horse is headed to the 4 Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials in September next, with new shoes that measure seven inches across. Show More Summary

Getting Creative: Virtual Riding

Red's insisting on being worked every day - we have to do something, but I need to keep it non-strenuous until he's more healed up. Just hand walking around the arena, or standing together to watch things going on, is fine, but it sure is boring, so I've been having to come up with things for us to do. Show More Summary

Pie and I Work on Transitions and Anticipation

Today Pie and I had a ride where I went in with a specific objective in mind. I find when I ride aimlessly or without purpose, I don't enjoy riding as much - it's still great to be on the horse, but I tend to lose my focus, which means...Show More Summary

Farewell, July. Welcome Augustus!

I once read that horses have prehensile upper lips. Just like a monkey tail!!?? I thought this was so strange and amazing. Ever since, I have loved to watch Lilly gobbling grass because she is so discriminating at what fronds she wants to eat. Show More Summary

Mark Rashid on Collection

An interesting post from Mark Rashid on the subject of collection.The only thing I would add is that there are a lot of people who think they've got collection, when all they've got is a tense, braced horse (usually with a tense, braced rider) and the "appearance" of a frame. Show More Summary

Red Insists

Red is a very intelligent and social horse who likes to interact with people and other horses. He told me today that he was feeling neglected. In fact, he insisted - very persistently - that he was being neglected.Usually, my afternoon...Show More Summary

Mark Rashid on Degrees of Separation

It's all about what we do when the horse doesn't do what we want...Mark Rashid post on Degrees of Separation.

Red's Vet Visit and Pasture Photos

While I was waiting around at the barn for the vet to arrive to check Red out, I had the chance to take some pasture photos.Here's Dawn leaving the barn after our early morning ride - we started to ride again a few days ago and we'll...Show More Summary

Navicular Syndrome: Does FDA Approval of Tildren and Osphos Change Anything?

From bone to zone: Focus on navicular-type lameness has evolved from concentrating on identifying bone defects visible in radiography to a more dynamic approach to also detect possible soft tissue injury, deteriorating hoof condition and age- or sport-related stress factors. Show More Summary

Tour de Conway

July has always been known for speed. It's been two weeks since I have made a blog post and I can honestly say it feels like I just made my last post a few days ago. How time flies! Maybe one day, after I have invented my Time Slower Downer, I will blog more often. Show More Summary

Scotland's David Varini Wins European Farrier Championship for United Kingdom

Scottish farrier David Varini was World Champion in 2013 and has won the European title previously. (Hoof Blog file photo) Congratulations to Scottish farrier David Varini, who has just been declared the winner of the European Farriery Championship, held this weekend in England. Steven Beane of England, reigning World Champion, was right behind him, with less than 1.5 points

Euro Farrier Champions: Top Ten Finalists and Meet Dutch Champion Gert-Jan Salm

The European Farriery Championship is in full swing this week in England; here's a list of the farriers and nations who made it through to the "Top Ten", and are competing today, Sunday. That's a broad cross-section of Europe represented...Show More Summary

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