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Discipline Committee strips British farrier of right to practice; apprentice complained of bullying

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

Pennsylvania Court Petitioned to Require State to Resume Racetrack Farrier License Tests

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

New gene test will identify severe Skeletal Atavism limb deformity in Shetland Ponies

 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

What Was Under the Mare Who Won the 2016 Badminton Horse Trials Farriers Prize? (Part 2)

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

Badminton Farrier Prize: Charlie Sands' four-star horseshoes win best-shod award for his girlfriend's horse

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

Shoeing for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Foot Factors 2016

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

Re-visiting the Big-Footed Event Horse at Badminton Horse Trials: Ben Hobday, Mulrys Error, and Paul Conway

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 

British Minister Meets with Farriers on Future Registration, Discipline Changes for the Profession

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

Something to try if you have sore feet

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 Tech launches second permanent vet school farrier facility; longtime consulting farrier Paul Goodness and team will now be on site in Leesburg

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 Hoof: And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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

Advanced Farrier Certificate Program Launched at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

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

Grazing Muzzles: New research shows grass length affects grazing behavior

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

Best Shod Horse Award Debuts at Grand National Steeplechase

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

Shoeing Rule Change in Great Britain: Racehorses Must Be Fully Shod

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

New Blog Has a Title

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 . . .

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

Time for a New Blog

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

Pony Power!

Norman the pony enjoying the good life, at about age 27: We should all have it so good!

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