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Find Your Adventure: It’s New Year’s Eve!

The week seemed to fly by, though at times it seemed to be in slow motion.  Today (the 31st) reminded me of the Heinz Ketchup commercial — anticipayayayayaytion. Anticipation, anticipation Is makin’ me late Is keepin’ me waitin’ Photo by Lisa Peck. Show More Summary

Find Your Adventure: Equestfest at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 2016: It’s Showtime!

Doors opened to the public at 10 a.m. on the 29th at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.  AERC volunteers had already been busy for hours getting the AERC booths set up in the vendor area and those of us with horses has been busy as well getting stalls cleaned, horses walked and beginning to prepare to ride in Equestfest. Show More Summary

Horses in the Civil War

For those of you who are horse lovers, during the Atlanta Campaign in 1864, this a Union Officers report about the horses. Life wasn’t easy for them. “May 5. We marched twenty-three miles without feed. At Mound City received twenty-eight pounds corn for three days, to be carried upon the horses, in addition to five

Dawn Teaches Me: Channeling and Mirroring

I’m still learning from my horses, and expect that will never stop. Dawn’s been teaching me some important things again, that I can take and apply to my rides with my other three horses. As usual, my learning is all about how I ride, and how I can more effectively present myself to my horses so they can more effectively do what I want. Show More Summary

Palm Beach Equine Clinic Welcomes Dr. Stephen O’Grady for Consultation Services this Winter

Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) in Wellington, Florida shared the news last week that equine podiatry consultant Stephen E. O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS, will join its forces this winter. PBEC introduced Dr. O’Grady, of Keswick, Virginia, as the head veterinarian at Virginia Therapeutic Farriery and said that, through his practice, Dr. Show More Summary

Bracing, Pulling and Rooting

Horses that pull or brace on your hands, or that root, are looking for a release. Horses don't come braced, they get made that way by people. The horse that pulls and braces, and is heavy in your hands likely has learned this by being pulled on and never getting a release. Show More Summary

More Simple - On Bending

More on the concept of simple (see this post if you don't know what I'm talking about).One thing I've struggled with in my riding is a tendency to block the horse's motion, either by bracing - with hand, leg or seat - or by focussing...Show More Summary

Farrier Charity: Brandenburg Gate of Horseshoes Earns Guinness World Record and Generous Donations

Yes, the narration in German; you can turn off the audio and just watch! Thanks to Maik Feldman for this video. "We make iron glow, and it makes children's eyes light up." A farrier group in Northern Germany has a habit of making the news. Show More Summary

Missy's Hock Fusion

Missy was quite sound when she came to me this past January. I noticed as we were working together over the next several months that she had some difficulty bending left and was often slightly stiff tracking left when we were warming up at the trot. Show More Summary


Your right leg and lower body channels and directs the movement of the horse's right hind leg.Your left leg and lower body channels and directs the movement of the horse's left hind leg.Your right hand and upper body channels and directs...Show More Summary

Worshipful Company of Farriers Awards "Best Shod Horse" Title at Britain's Horse of the Year Show

Carl Bettison AWCF (Hons) judging a hunter during the Worshipful Company of Farrier's Best Shod Horse evaluation at Great Britain's year-end Horse of the Year Show last month. (photo used with permission) This article is edited for international...Show More Summary

Hooves@War Veterans Day Salute: Farrier Heroes 100 Years Ago at a Place Called Ypres

This lithograph by Howard K. Elcock depicts Provisional Farrier Sergeant T. Cussens of the Army Service Corps rescuing horses from a stable at Ypres during a shell attack. He received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his brave act. Show More Summary

Funny Videos - "If Horses Were People . . ."

These very short videos from SmartPak are pretty darn funny - maybe you missed them when they came out - enjoy:Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4Episode 5Episode 6Episode 7Episode 8Farrier's EditionBlanketing Edition, Part 1Blanketing Edition, Part 2Picture-taking Edition, Part 1Picture-taking Edition, Part 2Which one is your favorite?

American Pharoah's Breeder Cup: Special Heel Plate Horseshoe Still On, Horseshoer Says

In an interview today from the Breeders Cup at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky, Santa Anita horseshoer Wesley Champagne confirmed that 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will race today in the Classic wearing his now-trademark...Show More Summary

Golden Horn at the Breeders Cup: Meet His Farrier Ed O'Shaughnessy

Newmarket, England farrier Ed O'Shaughnessy looks like he's about to share a bottle of champagne with his #1 customer, champion three-year-old Thoroughbred Golden Horn, trained by Ed's client, John Gosden. Earlier this month, GoldenShow More Summary

Does Your Horse Ever Yell at You?

Once in a while, one of my horses has to yell at me, and I always feel bad about this because it means I've not been paying attention and have been ignoring what they have been trying to tell me, often for days. They say that if they...Show More Summary

Education Update with Michael Wildenstein at 10th Annual Equine Clinic at Oakencroft Farrier Conference October 22-23

Date: October 22-23, 2015 (Thursday and Friday) Time: 8AM - 5PM Location: 880 Bridge St. Ravena, NY 12143 Price: Thursday & Friday $275; Thursday only $140; Friday only $130 Reserve your place: call 518-767-2906 or email The...Show More Summary

For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow: Sarah Brown Passes Britain’s Highest Farrier Examination

Scotland's Sarah Mary Brown joined the small rank of farriers worldwide who have earned the right to add the letters "FWCF" after their names. This means that they have been through all the examinations of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, including the highest level, the Fellowship exam, which Sarah passed on October 12, 2015. Show More Summary

Good News!

Red and I had our vet visit today. I really, really like my vet - she's extremely smart and knowledgeable, and a real pro about lots of things, but especially about lameness of any sort. She's good with the horses, and always takes her time - even if her schedule is running hours late. Show More Summary

In wake of breakdowns, Keeneland issues results of track surface review

Keeneland has the unique perspective of being able to compare racing statistics over two different surfaces in recent years. Here, a horse trains on the Polytrack surface, which was removed in the summer of 2014 in favor of a new dirt main track. Show More Summary

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