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Research: Equine Weight Management Surveys for Farriers, Owners, and Veterinarians

A survey-based research project is being conducted by Melissa Kelson, a student at the Royal Veterinary College in Great Britain, to compare and contrast the evaluation of body condition by owners, farriers, and vets. Ultimately, the...Show More Summary

Slow is Fast, Fast is Slow

Okay, it's time for a little Zen - a little Zen-like thing for you to consider:Slow is fast. Fast is slow.How does this relate to your life with horses? Your work with your horses? Your life as a whole?

Happy Birthday to the Journeyman Horseshoers Union

It was 121 years ago that a footnote in labor history turned into a solid hoofprint. The International Union of Journeyman Horseshoers was incorporated at Denver, Colorado, on September 12, 1893 after having been affiliated with theShow More Summary

Farrier Jim Hayter Wins Burghley Horse Trials' Best Shod Horse Prize for 2014

The front feet of the Irish Sport Horse Coolys Luxury, who was selected as the Best Shod Horse at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in England last weekend. Farrier Jim Hayter received the prize along with owner David Corney and rider Tom Crisp. Show More Summary

Endurance Day Shows on Horses in the Morning

Here are links to the last few months of shows.  Click on each link if you want to listen to us talk about ENDURANCE RIDING for an hour and a half.  The show is done live on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 a.m. PST, on the...Show More Summary

World Equestrian Games Farriers: What's Inside WEG's Pop-Up Forge?

In a village of pop-up horse stables and instant schooling arenas sits the World Equestrian Games' pop-up vet clinic with its dedicated forge. Each of the five venues of the World Equestrian Games had its own forge. Don't blink, they...Show More Summary

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

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