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Silent Anvil: Red Renchin

Today the American Farrier's Association (AFA) and the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) reported on their Facebook pages that popular farrier Red Renchin has died. There are no other official reports, since it is a weekend, but more information will surely be available soon. Show More Summary

Asking a Question

The mare pasture is visible from the indoor arena, so I sometimes get to see interesting mare interactions. One of the things I like most about spending time with horses is getting to see their interactions with each other in the herd...Show More Summary

Photo Shoot

I was at the barn early today, so had a rare opportunity to go out in the pastures with my camera.Loved how Dawn shone in the sun: Curious Missy: Dawn grazing: Missy grazing: Missy comes up to say hi: And then decides the grass is more...Show More Summary

Now That Was Fun! - Two Bareback Rides

I had a low energy day today. The barn was quiet - almost no one around - and I didn't feel like riding hard or hoisting saddles, so bareback rides were on.I hadn't really planned on riding Red, but after all four horses were groomed, he came to his door and wanted to come out, so off we went. Show More Summary

Drinking Styles

Each of my four horses has his or her own drinking style. In some respects, these drinking styles reflect their underlying personalities, I think.Dawn is a lip flapper. She lowers her face to the water without hesitation, flaps her lower lip a few times at the surface and then drinks deeply. Show More Summary

Four Browns

All four horses are what a non-horse person would call "brown" - well, Miss is brown and white and Dawn has a black mane and tail and black points, but other than that, they're brown.One of the things I love about spending time around horses - not just my own - is how individual each of them is, including their color and markings. Show More Summary

Outside, Hoof Trims, Saddle Fit, Trot Work, Sunblock, Ride Log

The bugs - mosquitos, black flies, gnats, flies and more flies - stable flies, face flies, green-headed flies and now the dreaded B-52s - have been really terrible this year. We've had a lot of rain, with intervals of heat - perfectShow More Summary

Sorry about the Comments Setting . . .

Sorry, everyone, I forgot to enable comments again - comments are once again possible - I had disabled comments when the blog was on vacation to prevent spam.

I Miss the Blog . . . Back Early

I miss the horse people I've come to know and enjoy through their blogs, and even those who comment but don't have blogs. I can't really tell, or know, if anyone misses me and my blogging, but I guess that doesn't really matter. So I...Show More Summary

Shoeless Tahoe Warrior Scores Another Victory in His 102nd Start; Gelding Is Now 12

Remember Tahoe Warrior? A lot of people do, because he's crossed a lot of paths in the last 12 years. The still-got-game Thoroughbred gelding chalked up his 19th career win on Thursday, in his 102nd career start. Tahoe Warrior is what you might call an artificial surface specialist. Show More Summary

Kerckhaert Acquires Diamond Brand Tools and Horseshoes from Apex

Hoofcare and Lameness will be working late tonight on a farrier industry news story. Today Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory of The Netherlands, the world’s largest independent horseshoe manufacturer, announced that it had "acquired the Diamond Farrier division of Apex Tool Group". Show More Summary

Duckett Downunder: Hoofcare Education and Farrier Competition in Australia

Special report from Australia by Betsy Lordan, DVM The Professional Farriers’ Association of New South Wales, Australia recently hosted farrier legend, Dave Duckett, FWCF for a series of educational clinics and a horseshoeing contest. While...Show More Summary

Thanks, and Quarterly Updates

Thanks for all the kind comments.The blog will stay up. I will try to update quarterly with doings, what I've been learning and, with a little luck, some photos.See you all in the fall - I'll plan to post after the end of September - and may you and your horses have a lovely rest of the summer!

Blog Tired

It's time to go. This blog has been running since 2009 - that's six years. The adventures of Dawn, Pie, Red and now Missy (and Lily, Maisie and Norman at Paradigm Farms in Tennessee), will continue, whether there is a blog or not. The blog has been fun - I've enjoyed the writing and the interactions with so many of you over the years. Show More Summary

California Chrome’s Newmarket Souvenirs: Aluminum Bar Shoes with HammerHead Nails

Do racehorses have to go through customs and fill out those little declaration forms? If so, reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome had better think twice when he lands in Chicago on Tuesday, should he check off the “nothing to...Show More Summary

Cushings/PPID Primer, Part II (from Paradigm Farms)

Here's part two of the series on Cushings/PPID, from Paradigm Farms.

Cushings/PPID Primer, Part I (from Paradigm Farms)

All three of my retirees at Paradigm Farms - Lily, Maisie and Norman-the-pony, have Cushings/PPID, which is managed by medication. All three were diagnosed while they lived there, due to the attention and care Melissa and Jason give all the horses that live with them.Melissa has started a series on Cushings/PPID - here is Part I. Show More Summary

Two Retirees

Here are two of my retirees, Maisie and Lily, at their home at Paradigm Farms in Tennessee - photo by Melissa: They're both in their 20s, and both have Cushings/PPID that's well controlled by medication. I think they're looking pretty good - you go, girls!

Oh, Mare

Missy is pretty smart. She stays out of trouble in the herd, and doesn't usually put herself in a position that's likely to cause trouble. But yesterday, I came to the barn to find this: Very odd. Not bites, not kicks, and pretty symmetrical on both hind legs. Show More Summary

The Connection Between Walk and Canter

I've always found that there's a strong connection between work at the walk and work at the canter. I'm not entirely sure why that is, but I suspect that it has something to do with the 4-beat nature of the walk, and the 4-beat (counting the suspension as one beat) of the canter. Show More Summary

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