Are Farm Calls by Vets Disappearing?

Farm calls

Freedom has expressed his solidarity with me by coming up three legged lame, favoring his left hind. According to my barn mate, who fed this morning, there’s nothing overtly wrong — no bleeding, no swelling, no heat, no stone in his hoof. Most likely, it’s an abscess. However, to make sure it’s nothing too serious, […]

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The Wrong Kind of Boot

Major Bummer

Little did I know when I rode in the Hunter Pace that it would be my last long ride for some time. Last week, when walking down a hill in the rain to check on the horses I slipped on the grass and fell. I knew it was bad. There was a popping, which didn’t […]

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A Ride by the Charles

A ride by the charles

Last weekend, Zelda and I went on a fabulous hunter pace. It had been rescheduled twice. Once for flooding after rain earlier in the summer, then because Hurricane Ida was coming through New England. Finally, we had a cool, pleasant day. The first ride in months that was bug free. Zelda and I hadn’t been […]

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A Fierce Competitor

A fierce competitor

Firenze Fire proved himself a fierce competitor in the Grade 1 Forego, reaching over to bite at Yaupon around the sixteenth pole. When this happens in a race, it’s called “savaging” and it’s kind of surprising that it doesn’t happen more often, given that many of the horses racing are stallions and they are in […]

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Dressed for Success

Dressed for Success

This year, with all the rain, the bugs have been terrible and are still going strong. Normally, the deerfly season runs from the beginning of July through early August. I guess this year they didn’t get the memo. Some days, the bugs are so bad that after only a few minutes I turn around and […]

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Take the First Exit off US-41

bold and bossy

Two-year old Bold and Brossy’s first race didn’t go exactly to plan. The filly unseated jockey Miguel Mena in the post parade but rather than heading back to the barn, the filly jumped a rail, and made it over the levee before heading out to U.S. 41N, briefly onto Interstate 69 and then Veterans Memorial […]

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RIP Charlie Watts — Rolling Stones Drummer and Arabian Horse Breeder

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died today, age 80. Just three weeks ago he had pulled out of the band’s upcoming tour after undergoing surgery. Watts joined the Rolling Stones in 1963. While Charlie Watts may be a rock legend, he and his wife, Shirley (whom he married in 1964), were also very respected Arabian […]

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Improved Welfare Promised for pentathlon horses

Modern Pentathlone

A week after some of the most amazing Olympic performances imaginable, the only thing people are still talking about is the equestrian portion of the women’s Pentathlon. For sure, it was a sh*t show. Horses crashed. Horse refused. Riders fell off. Whips flew. And what caught the attention of the masses was that the German […]

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