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2015 Mark Rashid Clinic: the Horse That Couldn't Breathe (Part Two)

Some of you may remember the horse that couldn't breathe from one of the past clinics I attended. This horse was carrying tension in its body from a previous traumatic event, and as a result it wasn't breathing properly at the canter - in fact, it was hardly breathing at all. Show More Summary

Just Plain Amazing

I just got back from riding my mystery horse at the Mark Rashid clinic. Three days with almost three hours of solo riding. It was the best clinic I've ever had, and the progress I made with my riding was dramatic. We were dealing with...Show More Summary

2015 Mark Rashid Clinic Day Two: More Good Stuff Coming . . .

I was able to spend a lot more time at the clinic today, and saw most of the rides. Every year, I'm blown away by the new learning/reinforced learning I get, both from watching others ride and from my own rides. Today was no exception. Show More Summary

2015 Mark Rashid Clinic Day One: Bracing and the Mismatched Horse

I arrived late at the clinic, since my four had hoof trims in the morning, and then I had the drive to Wisconsin.I arrived at lunchtime, managed to snag some lunch - good thing there was enough - and was able to watch a couple of sessions...Show More Summary

Mark Rashid Clinic

I'll be riding a mystery horse in the Mark Rashid clinic this Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7. The clinic is being held at Black Star Farm in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.The clinic runs from around 8 a.m. to around 5 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Show More Summary

Washing Reins?

Yesterday, I washed all four sets of reins in hot soapy water and hung them up to dry.Washing reins??Yes, I use these reins and highly recommend them. They come from endurance land. The drape and feel are excellent, I like how they comfortable...Show More Summary

Body Clipping - Clipper Brand and Blade Sharpening Recommendations

Melissa at Paradigm Farms - where Lily, Norman and Maisie are retired - is a pro at body clipping. For those of you who do clipping, here are her recommendations for the best clippers and blade sharpening/clipper maintenance. Three of those clips were my retirees, all of whom have Cushings/PPID, and I'm sure they appreciated it (once it was over!).

The Fundamental, Wonderful, Walk

I've had occasion over the past week to do some work at the walk with all my horses. The footing in our indoor arena was replaced last week, and it's still too deep for my taste - it's like walking on a beach above the high tide line. Show More Summary

Red is 14!

Today is Red's birthday. We've come a long way together in the four years he's been mine, and I've been his. He came to me as a confused, reactive, very dominant horse who needed me to be a strong leader while not coercing or forcing him - he's a horse who won't accept that sort of thing - he has to trust and accept to work with you. Show More Summary

Badminton Horse Trials 2015: Instant Replay in the Farriers Prize for Best-Shod Four-Star Eventer Hooves

Does this foot look familiar? It should. It was on the Hoof Blog a year ago. And it's back. The same horse, rider, owner and farrier celebrated winning the Farriers Prize in 2015 as 2014. That's no easy feat--or feet. (Neil Dickson photo...Show More Summary

Lily, Norman and Maisie Get Body-Clipped

(Thanks to Melissa at Paradigm Farms for the photos.)Our three senior retirees - Lily and Maisie and Norman the pony - in Tennessee all have Cushings/PPID. So, this time of year, Melissa at Paradigm gives them body clips to help them...Show More Summary

Lost Shoes, Caught Shoes and Twisted Shoes: Drama on the Hoof

It happens. But it rarely happens when you are pointing a camera at a horse. This image begs the question: Did one of these horses lose the shoe a second before the photo was taken, or was the shoe buried in the arena footing and springboarded...Show More Summary

All for Want of a Shoe: Lost Horseshoes Subject of Nine-Hour Irish Turf Tribunal and Australian Rule Change

One of horse sports' great wild cards has always been the lost shoe. Some horses lose a shoe and stop in their tracks. Some keep running and jumping. Sometimes the shoe sparkles in the sun. Sometimes it's never found. And sometimes it's just a mystery. Some people just shrug it off. And some people want to do something about it.  Lost shoes were under the microscope recently in

Case Notes: Inside Bal a Bali’s Laminitis Recovery

An earlier report on the successful return to racing for Brazilian champion colt Bal a Bali regretted the lack of details about the horse’s fight against laminitis and what types of therapy had been utilized to aid his recovery after...Show More Summary

Missy Gets a Birthday

I've had a number of horses with no papers, and therefore no precise birthday. Dawn, Pie and Red all have "official" birthdays, since they're registered - Dawn is a TB (June 10 - a very late birthday for a TB), Pie (April 29) and Red...Show More Summary

Brazil's Bal a Bali Comes Back from Laminitis to Win Santa Anita Stakes Race

Every once in a while, a bad news story takes a turn for the good. This one took a turn for the great. Yesterday in California, a horse from Brazil made his first start in the United States. Bal a Bali holds a world record and won Brazil's Triple Crown. Show More Summary

Dirty Missy and Dawn in Motion

I was out in the mare pasture at bring in time today, and got some good photos.Missy was very dirty, but is looking good: And I got some rare action shots of Dawn (dirty too, but it doesn't show as much), who's looking great for a mare...Show More Summary

Why They Run: The Hoof of Fire Horse Number 12

In all the excitement about this Saturday's Kentucky Derby, this little history lesson on one horse's heroic run to the finish seems appropriate to share.  Not all running by horses is done on the racetrack. It's not always done for prize money or glory in front of a cheering crowd. Show More Summary

Shoeing for the Roses: De Kock's Shoe-Shy Mubtaahij Thrives on Artificial Surface ?Training ?and Barefoot Hoofcare

Not every horse's journey to the Kentucky Derby? left a trail of classic hoofprints in the dirt. One horse's prints probably show a distinct frog, the imprint of his sole...and no sign of a shoe. That's because Mubtaahij??, the highly-regarded...Show More Summary

Pie at Nine

Today is Pie's birthday - he's 9 - happy birthday to a big, wonderful, guy!

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