I’m hoping that this movie comes to Boston soon. Otherwise I’ll have to make a field trip. What a great story!
And if you’re like me and the movie isn’t playing locally, here’s a 17-minute documentary to get you in the mood.
Although we arrived at the hunt muddy, the trailer ride did it’s magic and Freedom was at least dry when we got to the hunt. I managed to get *most* of the dirt off of him so that we looked reasonable respectable.
Freedom was very excited to be back hunting. In fact, I made a strategic error by not wearing gloves because he was very strong and bouncy. He certainly has not forgotten that hunting means “follow the hounds” with enthusiasm.
The wet weather did leave the footing pretty slick and Freedom had one good skid during the first gallop. He felt okay right after but later in the hunt I began to wonder if maybe he’d tweaked something because he stopped wanting to canter. He was fine at the trot, so maybe he just decided it was safer. He has his fancy glue-on shoes in front but is barefoot behind, and that’s where he slipped.
I gave him some bute when we got home. It rained again today, so I gave him the day off and will check tomorrow to see how he’s feeling.
I’ve had to put up a second fence line and signs to keep people away from Zelda and Curly and the owner of my barn has found families standing inside her run-in shed, having climbed over a stone wall and through a wooden fence. Another friend found a toddler standing in her field with their arms around the neck of her pony . . . only to have the pony latch onto the kid’s ear!
Freedom has had the shoes on now for about a month and so far, so good. He’s moving very well in them and they’re staying on well. One of them started to fray a bit so my farrier came back and added extra adhesive and that did the trick.
The downside? They are wicked expensive. Two front shoes plus a trim behind set me back $325. The good news? These shoes should last at least 8 weeks, maybe 10 and after that he should be able to go back into regular shoes.
Have you ever tried glue on shoes? What did you think?
Kudos to jockey Jockey Marcos Meneses for guiding his mount, Chia Ghost, to victory despite the fact that both reins broke during the race. It’s hard to imagine recovering quite so well from an equipment failure like that — and it also speaks to the fact that the horse was very competitive and knew his job. It was the horse’s second straight victory.