Farrier Services during Covid-19

Farrier Glue on Shoes

With essential businesses closing down and vets delaying non-essential services like vaccines, I’m feeling lucky that my farrier will still come to the barn. Her very reasonable request is that the horses be put on the cross ties and that she be alone with them. Zelda and Curly are easy. They are both barefoot and […]

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Foal Patrol Season 3

Foal Patrol

Now this is the kind of reality TV that I can get behind. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is running a third season of Foal Patrol, an interactive web project. Foal Patrol allows viewers to get an “up close and personal” look at some of the mares and foals at major […]

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Free Online Course: Sickness Prevention in Horses – Spring ’20

Sickness prevention in horses

Sickness prevention in horses, a free online course is being offered by Canada’s Equine Guelph to horse owners in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The course usually costs $C85 and is available from March 21- May 31 on thehorseportal.ca. The course will help you reduce the odds of sickness in your horses, gaining practical knowledge […]

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The Trail Wars have Begun

Trail wars created by manure

In the town next to mine, a rail trail recently opened — and now the trail wars have begun. With non-essential business and schools closed, traffic on all the trails has increased significantly. My daughter and I walked a couple of miles on this section of the rail-trail last week and decided it was a […]

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Lessons Remembered: Never Canter Back to the Barn

Lessons remembered: bolting horse

Some lessons stick with you a long time. This one, I didn’t even have to learn the hard way. Instead of living though the experience myself, I watched it happen. When I was about 12, I was trail riding at the barn where I took lessons. It had been a long ride and the horses […]

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Katharine Morel & Kerry On Eventing Safety Fund

Katharine Morel & Kerry On Eventing Safety Fund

Scott Linklater, the husband of late Canadian eventing rider Katharine Morel has started the Katharine Morel & Kerry On Eventing Safety Fund to raise $250,000 to help horse trials organizers in Canada fit Mim or frangible safety equipment to fences. So far, the GoFundMe campaign has raised $20K.Morel and her mare Kerry On both died […]

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Virtual Horse Tours This Week

Virtual horse tours

As we start another week of physical distancing, Visit Horse Country is working with their members to bring the public several virtual tours. Horse Country, Inc. is an organization of horse farms, equine medical clinics and equine attractions dedicated to sharing the stories of Kentucky’s Horse Country. Usually, they organize real tours by sharing stories […]

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Running or standing martingale: which to use?

Running or Standing martingale: which to use?

The decision over whether to use a running or standing martingale depends on what you want to accomplish and, so a certain extent, your discipline. If you are a show hunter, there’s not really a choice. Standing martingales are standard operating equipment, even on horses that don’t actually need them. In competitions, the standing martingale […]

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