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2015 Mark Rashid Clinic: My Rides - Filling in the Gaps

OK, let's give this a go. Some of this stuff is hard to describe, so if I'm unclear or you need more explanation, leave a comment and I'll see if I can answer in a way that makes sense to you.I've been auditing and/or riding with Mark for 14 years now. Show More Summary

Hoofcare Confidential: American Pharoah’s Subtle Triple Crown Horseshoe by Wes Champagne

Suds stream down the hooves of American Pharoah's legs during a bath at Belmont Park last week. How can such an extraordinary horse run so brilliantly on ordinary horseshoes, you ask. Maybe they only look ordinary, is the answer. (©Show More Summary

2015 Mark Rashid Clinic: If It Looks Silly . . .

Mark told a very illuminating story from his aikido practice.A Japanese master was visiting and supervising the students at the aikido dojo. He didn't speak good English. He would tell the pairs of students to start their work - they did - and then would call "stop". Show More Summary

2015 Mark Rashid Clinic: a Bunch of Things

Here's a collection of some things that came up at the clinic:When starting to do flying lead changes under saddle, don't force the timing. Set the horse up and then allow the horse to figure out how to organize its feet without pressure. Show More Summary

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

But I was just training them.

I am sure you have seen it by now, because it is all over Facebook, but today we meet Jeremy Mixon, although he has also spelled it Jeromy. He fancies himself a trainer of horses.  He likes to use the “old school” methods of riding them while they are too skinny to protest and tying […] The post But I was just training them. appeared first on Fugly Blog.

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

Same Old Shit, different day.

Today’s ad comes from (My comments in red) For sale $1000 ONO Selling my 12 year old Liver Chestnut thoroughbred to a caring?loving (because we wouldn’t advertise for a crappy,abusive home) home her name is “PINK” she’sShow More Summary

When you dig yourself a hole…

at some point you should stop digging.  Today we meet Elizabeth Brix of Shake It Easy Horses.  A customer Sent her a Thoroughbred that look like this: And Elizabeth turned it into this: So Carrie, the owner, posted the whole story on Facebook.    Then of course the comments started and Elizabeth chimed in. Show More Summary

Breeder’s Futility

This is one of the best typos, or Freudian slips, I have ever seen. I know I have been a victim of this myself, even though I try to proofread like crazy but this one had me laughing right out loud: That sure is the breeders(sic) futility.  I would say those horrible upright, post hind […] The post Breeder’s Futility appeared first on Fugly Blog.

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


Sherri Brunzell’s trial was this week.  If you don’t remember she was featured here, here, here and here. To summarize she was caught with 10 live horses and four llamas, living among the remains of 13 dead horses.  These were all high dollar horses mostly from the cutting world. Estimates of the value of the dead […] The post Guilty! appeared first on Fugly Blog.

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

This looks like a good idea!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.  You have won the bad parent de jour! It gets even better than the picture.  Here is the Ad Text:   You have what? You have ridden him on the trails with no worries?  Great parent you are.  No worries about what, about potentially killing or severely injuring your daughter. Show More Summary

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