A sculpture honoring the relationship between a master and apprentice above the Craiglockhart Primary School in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kim Traynor. The Disciplinary Committee of the Farriers Registration Council (FRC) in Great Britain has announced the removal of a long-established farrier from the nation’s Farrier Register. Show More Summary
On Tuesday, June 7, the International Chapter of Horseshoers and Equine Trades, Local 947, ("JHU") filed a writ of mandamus in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania naming the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission, a board administered by...Show More Summary
Limbs of a 16-week old Shetland pony with Skeletal Atavism, often described as "bow legs". (Left) caudal view when standing; (center) caudal view when walking and (right) View from the front when standing square. Complete fibulas and...Show More Summary
This is Part 2 of a two-part article. Before reading the specifics of how this horse is shod, please read Part 1, posted on May 8th. On Sunday, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in England announced the winner of the Worshipful Company of Farriers' prestigious Farriers Prize. Show More Summary
Hint: if you want to win the Farriers Prize at the 4 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in England, consider having your partner shoe your horse. Or, alternately, if you're a farrier, consider helping your partner make it all the...Show More Summary
It's the first Saturday in May. Theories abound about how to pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby, but there's no doubt that the feet come first in the hearts and minds of Hoof Blog readers. With the help of wonderful people in theShow More Summary
A photo posted by Ben Hobday (@benhobday) on Apr 27, 2015 at 10:01am PDT British farrier Paul Conway preparing a shoe for Ben Hobday's large-footed event horse Mulrys Error before Badminton Horse Trials in 2015. Half-draft Mulrys Error has the most popular feet in international eventing. His rider, Ben Hobday of England, celebrates both the big feet and his farrier. (photo
DEFRA Minister George Eustice, MP can't take his eyes off the horseshoe he forged at the anvil with help from Simon Moore, FWCF, during an informal meeting with farriers and industry stakeholders in Cornwall last week. Eustice is working...Show More Summary
Muddy feet! My feet have been bothering me for some time. The left one is worse due to a horse stomping on it many years ago. After I did Tevis last year both of my feet felt numb and tingly for a couple of weeks afterwards. I went to the chiropractor and used the hot tub frequently and tried anti-inflammatories. Show More Summary
Virginia farrier Paul Goodness (right) is moving his successful farrier business out of his barn and into the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, the satellite veterinary hospital in Northern Virginia for Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Show More Summary
The Anzac trophy hoof / inkwell lives in the heraldry collection of the Australian War Memorial. Today, a salute to our friends in Australia and New Zealand, where it's Anzac Day. It's not exactly a holiday; it's a day of remembrance,...Show More Summary
Farrier education in the United States now has a higher level. Today Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) announced the July 2016 launch of a one-year certificate program in advanced farriery skills. The new program...Show More Summary
It’s that time of year. The grass in the pastures is waking up and springing to life. But animals at risk for laminitis require effective strategies to prevent weight gain and overeating that may trigger insulin dysfunction and possibly...Show More Summary
For the first time in the history of both the Worshipful Company of Farriers and racing in the United Kingdom, one of The Company's prestigious Best Shod Horse awards will be judged and presented at a race meeting. The hooves of theShow More Summary
On Friday, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced a change to its rules determining how racehorses must be shod in order to race in Great Britain. In this case, the rule change was about the fact that the horses must be fully...Show More Summary
In future, please visit The Oak Tree...
The new blog has a title now - I've been wrestling with that for a while and finally settled on something that has a lot of meaning for me. So, soon, I'll start posting over there. The link is:The Oak TreeStay tuned (if you're interested)...
On second thought, I think I'll keep this blog going on an occasional basis, when there's something horse, and something only a horseperson would care about - health/medical, specific training/horsemanship stuff. The other blog will have horses - of course - but in terms of their individual "horseness". Show More Summary
I've been thinking for a while that it might be time to start a new blog - one with a somewhat different emphasis. Horses are central to my life, but there are many other aspects to my life - and even aspects my life doesn't have yet but I'd like it to have - faith and spirituality, music, reading, writing, the way I want to live in the world... Show More Summary
Norman the pony enjoying the good life, at about age 27: We should all have it so good!