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My latest science experiment

There are so many things having to do with endurance riding that you just simply can’t make up.  One of my favorite sayings is “you can’t make this shit up”.  A good fiction writer might be able to pen some of the things that we’ve encountered...Show More Summary

Deedle Deedle Dumpling

Earlier in the week, Lilly lost one of her shoes. One shoe off and one shoe on, just like the nursery rhyme. I got to the farm really early on Saturday to avoid all the threats of severe weather coming in the afternoon. Since Lilly did not have replacement shoes on yet, we hit the trail without them. Show More Summary

Hooves Get the White Glove Treatment from Best Shod Horse Judge at Burghley Horse Trials in England

Photo courtesy of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and Getty Images You always hear about it, but rarely does anyone ever see it done. Sure, farriers get dressed up in suits and wear bowler hats and white gloves to inspect horse hooves. Show More Summary

Ghost of WEGs Past: Jumper Presley Boy Euthanized Two Years After Colic-Related Laminitis

If a skilled novelist like Tami Hoag set out to pen an international suspense thriller about a jumper, I doubt a more compelling story could be imagined than the sad-but-true tale of Presley Boy. The timing, the cultures, and even the...Show More Summary

World Equestrian Games Farriers: Other Countries Heard From

The World Equestrian Games had a staff of French farriers on staff at the vet hospital; here you see two credentials for Jean Michel Goubault and Fabrice Cave. Nigel said they worked at Haras du Pin, the National Stud in Normandy. The whole world was there, so there were bound to be more farrier pictures to show you. Show More Summary

Video: The Hammer of God: A Classic Blacksmith Detective Mystery, Courtesy of "Father Brown" on the Hoof Blog

In this mystery of riddles, a man lies dead in the churchyard. The blacksmith's hammer is found nearby. Surely he committed the murder. But not so fast... When you go to school to learn the craft of mystery plot writing, this is one of the stories that you study. Show More Summary

and . . . Red Stands Up Cones

Red says that we had a lot of fun today, and he's right. We did 20 minutes of walking under saddle today - our second 20 minute session and our 6th ride since he's been back in work. Walking around in an arena for 20 minutes can be a bit of a bore, so before our ride, I'd set up some cones for us to use. Show More Summary

Face Crud, and Red Says "What About Me?"

If it's not one thing it's another. In the ever-ongoing veterinary saga that is my life with horses, both Pie and Dawn are currently battling a nasty case of what I refer to generically as "face crud". Both of them had a nasty fly bite...Show More Summary

No Laboring on Labor Day

Does this not make you start laughing? Every time I see this face, I try and throw my voice so it seems like it is talking. Which makes my husband roll his eyes. Of course, it's not a face at all. Any ideas where it is from? Bahhahahahaaaa! Here's the other end. Show More Summary

Gold Medal Farriers: Congratulations to Victorious British and German WEG Dressage and Eventing Team Farriers

Team GB dressage and show jumping High Performance Program farrier Haydn Price of Wales with Triple Gold Individual Medalist in Dressage, Charlotte DuJardin and Valegro. Farriers Haydn Price and Dieter Krohnert had big jobs to do this week. Show More Summary

Video Selfie: Laminitis Researcher Jim Belknap Previews His BEVA "Feet and Farriery" Lecture

As the calendar gets ready to turn to September, it's time for the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress in Birmingham, England. The conference runs from September 10-13, with a full day "Foot and Farriery" program on...Show More Summary

Trying Something Different - and Finally, Three Rides!

Today was a very good day - I finally got to ride all three horses, even if two of those rides were only at the walk - it was still all just fine with me. It's about two and a half weeks after Dawn's dental surgery, and she was good to go - they're coming back to check her in September, but she's eating well and seems very comfortable. Show More Summary

Hooves@War: One Hundred Years Ago: Farrier Ted Garland Left Somerset England on a Dappled Grey Cob

Here's an interesting collection of photos of a farrier in World War I that has come to light. In a key image, you see a squadron of 200 local men and their horses departing for war from Shepton Mallet, Somerset on 14 August 1914. And...Show More Summary

Research: Does the Unshod Dressage Horse Really Bear a Competitive Disadvantage?

Whether or not a dressage horse needs shoes is likely to be dependent on many factors beyond whether hoofwear will or won't enhance performance. Researchers in England found little difference between two groups shod and undshod low-level horses. Show More Summary

Norman and His Girlfriend

A sweet picture of Norman-the-pony and his girlfriend:

Riding Red Again, and Up and Out with Pie (It's All About Me!)

Today was a good day. I rode Red again for the first time since July 18, and he was as good as gold. He was much calmer today - I think our work session yesterday reestablished that I was the leader, and he felt much better about the world - his anxiety and the nipping were a sign that he felt insecure. Show More Summary

Nipped in the Bud

I clearly haven't been handled or working with Red enough - the more he's handled by the barn workers (who really don't know much about how to handle or lead horses, and tend to hang on the horse's faces), and the less he's handled by me, the more braced he becomes. Show More Summary

Another Crop Bites the Dust

Of course it's no secret that summer is my favorite season. Even with the heat and the bugs, there is something about warm air and blue skies that makes me feel more alive. And this summer we've hardly had any hot, muggy weather at all! Just perfect for afternoon horseback riding. Show More Summary


Today, when I was riding Pie, I tried to approach lateral work - bending through the corners, circles, leg yield, etc. - with the thought of giving him precise openings to move into. Rather than thinking of leg as pushing him over -Show More Summary

Team Farrier Haydn Price Chosen as British Flag Bearer at World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremony

Practice makes perfect: British team farrier Haydn Price at rehearsal earlier today for the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. (photo via Debbie Lee) The World Equestrian Games have now begun! The worldShow More Summary

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