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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 gumtree.com: (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

Guilty!

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

Lily, Norman and Maisie Get Body-Clipped

(Thanks to Melissa at Paradigm Farms for the photos.)Our three senior retirees - Lily and Maisie and Norman the pony - in Tennessee all have Cushings/PPID. So, this time of year, Melissa at Paradigm gives them body clips to help them...Show More Summary

Your wording matters

  This popped up on Facebook today and of course made the crowd go wild: This person eventually went on to delete the post.  This is why your wording matters.  There was nothing in the original ad about these being recipient mares.  Just looking for mares “to breed”, without papers, without mention of quality. Show More Summary

Lost Shoes, Caught Shoes and Twisted Shoes: Drama on the Hoof

It happens. But it rarely happens when you are pointing a camera at a horse. This image begs the question: Did one of these horses lose the shoe a second before the photo was taken, or was the shoe buried in the arena footing and springboarded...Show More Summary

All for Want of a Shoe: Lost Horseshoes Subject of Nine-Hour Irish Turf Tribunal and Australian Rule Change

One of horse sports' great wild cards has always been the lost shoe. Some horses lose a shoe and stop in their tracks. Some keep running and jumping. Sometimes the shoe sparkles in the sun. Sometimes it's never found. And sometimes it's just a mystery. Some people just shrug it off. And some people want to do something about it.  Lost shoes were under the microscope recently in

Case Notes: Inside Bal a Bali’s Laminitis Recovery

An earlier report on the successful return to racing for Brazilian champion colt Bal a Bali regretted the lack of details about the horse’s fight against laminitis and what types of therapy had been utilized to aid his recovery after...Show More Summary

Missy Gets a Birthday

I've had a number of horses with no papers, and therefore no precise birthday. Dawn, Pie and Red all have "official" birthdays, since they're registered - Dawn is a TB (June 10 - a very late birthday for a TB), Pie (April 29) and Red...Show More Summary

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