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Take Note Animal Control Officers.

  This is how you deal with a couple starving horses.  You take a complaint and you go out and verify the complaint.  Inevitably the suspect will lie,  “Oh they are under veterinarian care”.  Which is stupidly easy to verify.   “Hold on, I am going to call Dr Smith.”  “Dr Smith has never heard […] The post Take Note Animal Control Officers. appeared first on Fugly Blog.


Some people hate mares, and some love them. I'd put myself squarely in the "loves mares" camp, which is not to say that I don't love geldings too - my wonderful old horse Noble was a gelding, and of course so are Pie and Red. But there's...Show More Summary

Quick Tail Wrap

Winter is sneaking up on us again, so many of us are thinking about tail wraps. However if you just need a quick temporary tail wrap this works well, especially for keeping hair out of the mud. I have wrote an article or two on sewing...Show More Summary

How to Make Lotion Bars

Its that time of year again, fall is here and the dry air starts to take a toll on our skin, making it feel dry and cracked. It is so hard to find a good quality lotion for my hands in the winter time, one that actually makes them feel good. Show More Summary


Horseville has an affiliate program which allows you to earn money if you put a link on your website, you get $5 for sign up, $0.03 for every click and 15% of how much money they spend on Horseville if they choose to buy an ad. I though...Show More Summary

How to make a Lunge Line or Driving Lines

I have never been a fan of conventional lungelines or driving lines, so I decided to make my own. I personally like the feel of rope in my hands, something I can grip and control. I make lines that I use universally for either lunging or ground driving. Show More Summary

Be a Better Rider Tip of the Day: Look Ahead

Remember to look up and in the direction you are going. This is such an easy thing to forget, especially when training for headsets and working with young horses. Looking in the direction you are headed is more than just good horsemanship and equitation, it cues your horse. Show More Summary

Sewing For Your Horse

I have always looked for ways to make horses more affordable, not to mention showing them! So I decided a few years ago I was going to find some ways to make things for them, here are a few things I have done, or thought of doing. Things...Show More Summary

Dr. William Moyer Retires from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. William Moyer retired last month after 22 years of service to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. His writing and speaking on the subject of equine lameness in sport and racehorses, and in particular his interest in the equine foot have made him a frequent subject of Hoofcare and Lameness articles since early days. Show More Summary

Pie Gets a Fever; Pasture Pics; Dawn's Healed Hairline Skull Fracture

My horses had most of their spring vaccinations on Friday. Yesterday afternoon, one day later, Pie had a fever. Pie often, but not always, gets a fever after vaccinations. His temperature was up to 101.4 (101.5 is an "official" fever, but that's close enough for me), and although he was eating well, he was a little bit depressed. Show More Summary

Missy's Age?, First Rides Outside and Vet Visit

We had a few days with really nice weather, so Pie, Red, Missy and I got to do some riding outdoors for the first time this year. Pie and I took a walk down across the mare pasture (no mares in there after bring-in) so he could drink...Show More Summary

Ageless Tahoe Warrior Runs Again: In Shoes, This Time, for Keeneland's New Dirt Track

At some point today, someone in the stands at Keeneland Racecourse is sure to read the fine print in the program and notice that in the second race, there's a 12-year-old horse running in his 95th lifetime start. And if he or she isShow More Summary

Bare Bones in London: Is Trafalgar Square's Ode to Equine Anatomy an April Fool's Prank?

You're a tourist in London, lurching through the maze of crowded streets on a bus. The tour guide directs your attention out the window to the famous Trafalgar Square. The centerpiece is a towering column commemorating the amazing naval victory of Admiral Lord Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar off the coast of Spain in 1805. Show More Summary

A Pie Mystery

Pie and I have struggled with tracking right in the arena. He tends to want to bend to the outside and fall to the inside around the corners. This tracking-right issue is a long standing problem, and although I've been able to make adjustments...Show More Summary

Guest Post – MCR Equine Abuse

I logged on to Facebook this evening and was met face-to-face with a rather revealing and personal post regarding a particular “Christian Ranch/Camp” that is located in North Vernon, Indiana and owned by a man who is known by the name of Dan Corbin. While I’m sure none of us take pride in the fact […] The post Guest Post – MCR Equine Abuse appeared first on Fugly Blog.


I do believe that Dawn and Missy are each jealous of the attention I give to the other one.I'd have said that perhaps this is a mare thing - to be possessive, protective and jealous - but the only other time I've experienced it was with my gelding Noble (who passed away at age 30 in 2010). Show More Summary

If I break it you buy it

Back to Craiglist and we found a good one today. I am looking for a good home for my horse, Swinger. She is a registered paint mare. Gray. She has mild heel/hoof pain that is being treated by my vet and farrier. She will be 9yrs old this June. I have had her since she […] The post If I break it you buy it appeared first on Fugly Blog.

Missy Teaches Me: Feel Down to the Feet

We tend to fall into habits and routines when we ride our horses. This is a good thing to the extent we are learning and reinforcing behaviors in ourselves and with our horses that are helpful to us and the horse. But sometimes it takes...Show More Summary

Dubai World Cup: Will the Dirt Track Renaissance Affect the Shoeing for the World's Richest Race?

It's early morning in Dubai. Meydan Racecourse is preparing for a big day culminating in the world's very richest race. And the favorite is an American horse. Normally, there wouldn't be anything unusual about that. The race has been won by American stars like Cigar, Silver Charm and Animal Kingdom. But last year, no American contenders were in the race. Many people believe

Busy (and Expensive) Week

Lots happening this week. Monday and Tuesday I coordinated two days of dental visits. There were 14 horses seen in all, and I was directly responsible for my 4, and 4 others with two owners who couldn't be at the barn. Then there were...Show More Summary

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