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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

Feet First in Vegas: Three Hoof Seminars Precede December's AAEP Convention and NFR

The dates: 61st Annual AAEP Convention December 5-9 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo December 3-12 Unafiliated hoof education events will run from December 3-5  and are described with videos and full program lists here The Elvis impersonators will need to make room for the James Herriot wannabes. The sound of spinning roulette wheels may be drowned out by pounding hooves and

The Nature of Trust, and Another Vet Visit Coming Up . . .

An excellent post from Soft and Sound on what it means for a horse to trust, and what it takes to get a horse to put trust in your leadership. Red gets to see the vet... again... next week for a diagnostic ultrasound. Although he...Show More Summary

Pony Express Ride Accomplishments Part 3 of 3

This is the third of three articles that I wrote for Endurance News after the 2001 XP ride. This one was about the accomplishments of the horses and riders. It was pretty amazing when you think about it. Here is an excerpt: 230 horses were ridden 67,400 AERC miles by 104 riders in eight weeks. Show More Summary

XP’loring the Trail, 2000 Miles of Memories Part 2 of 3

This was the 2nd of 3 articles I wrote for Endurance News following the 2001 XP. XP’loring the Trail, 2000 Miles of Memories. Be sure to click on the link to read the entire thing! Karen Talk about anticipation! Most of the riders had waited months, years even…for the start of this ride and it was quite a spectacular one. Show More Summary

Preparing for the XP Part 1 of 3

This is an article I wrote for endurance news about preparing for the 2001 XP. “Preparing for the 2001 XP”. I surveyed and interviewed many if not most of the riders that went on the ’01 XP and got a lot of varied responses. Enjoy! Karen...Show More Summary

A Tale of Four Tails

This is another case of how different each horse is from another.I'm careful grooming tails - I hate pulling out hairs. So, for most of the late fall, through winter, and into spring, I don't groom tails, at all. If there are burrs or...Show More Summary

Red is Sore

Although Red doesn't seem to have suffered any serious injuries from our almost fall a few days ago, I expected him to be stiff and sore - he had to use himself pretty seriously to keep from falling. The past two days, I've been doing...Show More Summary

Scotland Wins 36th International Team Farrier Competition at Stoneleigh

It takes teamwork, as well as superb skill, to shoe horses all day in the world's stiffest team competition and emerge the winners. But the Scottish team did that this weekend at the 36th International Team Competition at the showgrounds in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England. Show More Summary


There are days where you're just plain lucky.Yesterday, I was riding Red in the outdoor arena - we were riding on the grass center. It was a lovely day, enough wind to keep the flies at bay but balmy and sunny. Red was forward, and just...Show More Summary

Mixed Messages, and the "Go There" Game

Red's bracing on the first walk/trot transition is telling me that I'm sending him mixed messages - "trot now" and "I'm expecting you to balk". His bracing/fussing is him saying "make up your mind, woman! - how am I supposed to do it...Show More Summary

Letting Go of Mental Braces

Sometimes when we struggle with something - with our horses - we just can't stop fretting/worrying/obsessing about it. We tell everyone, "my horse does x!" And, every time we ride, we think about x, worry about x, and expect our horse to do x. Show More Summary

Rolex Grand Slam Hoofcare: World #1 Hello Sanctos Hopes to Make More History on These Hooves

This story is being edited and will be completed soon. Please check back in an hour or so! The whole world will be watching on Sunday, September 13, as an unpretentious horse and rider from Scotland will try to ride into history. World #1 ranked rider Scott Brash and world #1 show jumping horse Hello Sanctos have done it before. Show More Summary

Kiwi Farrier Finesse: What's Underneath the Burghley Horse Trials Best Shod Horse?

As is becoming a custom, the Hoof Blog's articles about a "best shod" winner at a major three-day event is split into two parts. First comes the announcement, and the inevitable curiosity about whether the best shod horse is also one of the top-finishing horses. Show More Summary

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