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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

The Last Set: Bob Agne, DVM, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital Podiatry Veterinarian

Rood and Riddle equine podiatry veterinarian Bob Agne, DVM was killed on Monday, September 7 in Vermont Turn on the news any day and you'll hear tragic stories of people killed in accidents, disasters, fires, diseases. It happens every day. Show More Summary

Cooler Weather Coming, and Snotty Nose

It's been hot for us - 90s with the heat index. Even if the horses would be OK - and they wouldn't be comfortable, I'd be hot, and sweaty and not having much fun. So we've been doing very little riding over the past week. Today, finally,...Show More Summary

Burghley Best Shod Horse: Who Won the Worshipful Company of Farriers Eventing Prize?

New Zealand rider Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy are in fifth place after dressage at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in England. But they have already won one event: the Worshipful Company of Farriers' Best Shod Horse Award. Photo...Show More Summary

Nothing Better

Nothing better on a warm late summer day that four lovely rides on four excellent horses. We're going to have some hot weather for the next few days, with little riding likely, so I wanted to get in some rides today. I couldn't haveShow More Summary

AAEP Convention 2015 Podiatry Workshop Announcement

The 61st Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is planned for December 5-9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, the convention kicks off with a full-day podiatry workshop. The schedule and registration...Show More Summary

Silent Anvil: Red Renchin

Today the American Farrier's Association (AFA) and the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) reported on their Facebook pages that popular farrier Red Renchin has died. There are no other official reports, since it is a weekend, but more information will surely be available soon. Show More Summary

Asking a Question

The mare pasture is visible from the indoor arena, so I sometimes get to see interesting mare interactions. One of the things I like most about spending time with horses is getting to see their interactions with each other in the herd...Show More Summary

Photo Shoot

I was at the barn early today, so had a rare opportunity to go out in the pastures with my camera.Loved how Dawn shone in the sun: Curious Missy: Dawn grazing: Missy grazing: Missy comes up to say hi: And then decides the grass is more...Show More Summary

Now That Was Fun! - Two Bareback Rides

I had a low energy day today. The barn was quiet - almost no one around - and I didn't feel like riding hard or hoisting saddles, so bareback rides were on.I hadn't really planned on riding Red, but after all four horses were groomed, he came to his door and wanted to come out, so off we went. Show More Summary

Drinking Styles

Each of my four horses has his or her own drinking style. In some respects, these drinking styles reflect their underlying personalities, I think.Dawn is a lip flapper. She lowers her face to the water without hesitation, flaps her lower lip a few times at the surface and then drinks deeply. Show More Summary

Four Browns

All four horses are what a non-horse person would call "brown" - well, Miss is brown and white and Dawn has a black mane and tail and black points, but other than that, they're brown.One of the things I love about spending time around horses - not just my own - is how individual each of them is, including their color and markings. Show More Summary

Outside, Hoof Trims, Saddle Fit, Trot Work, Sunblock, Ride Log

The bugs - mosquitos, black flies, gnats, flies and more flies - stable flies, face flies, green-headed flies and now the dreaded B-52s - have been really terrible this year. We've had a lot of rain, with intervals of heat - perfectShow More Summary

Sorry about the Comments Setting . . .

Sorry, everyone, I forgot to enable comments again - comments are once again possible - I had disabled comments when the blog was on vacation to prevent spam.

I Miss the Blog . . . Back Early

I miss the horse people I've come to know and enjoy through their blogs, and even those who comment but don't have blogs. I can't really tell, or know, if anyone misses me and my blogging, but I guess that doesn't really matter. So I...Show More Summary

Shoeless Tahoe Warrior Scores Another Victory in His 102nd Start; Gelding Is Now 12

Remember Tahoe Warrior? A lot of people do, because he's crossed a lot of paths in the last 12 years. The still-got-game Thoroughbred gelding chalked up his 19th career win on Thursday, in his 102nd career start. Tahoe Warrior is what you might call an artificial surface specialist. Show More Summary

Kerckhaert Acquires Diamond Brand Tools and Horseshoes from Apex

Hoofcare and Lameness will be working late tonight on a farrier industry news story. Today Royal Kerckhaert Horseshoe Factory of The Netherlands, the world’s largest independent horseshoe manufacturer, announced that it had "acquired the Diamond Farrier division of Apex Tool Group". Show More Summary

Duckett Downunder: Hoofcare Education and Farrier Competition in Australia

Special report from Australia by Betsy Lordan, DVM The Professional Farriers’ Association of New South Wales, Australia recently hosted farrier legend, Dave Duckett, FWCF for a series of educational clinics and a horseshoeing contest. While...Show More Summary

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