Glue on Shoes Rule

Freedom’s got a lot of great qualities. But good feet are not among them. His hoof quality is not helped by too much rain, too much mud, too little rain, ground that’s too hard . . . you name it. Back in September of 2016 I first tried glue-on Sigafoos and I’m starting to lean […]

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A Slip of the Tongue

I’ve always noticed that my horses show some good releases when they are being shod. They may not enjoy the shoeing, but they appreciate the stretches. But none of them have shown quite the reaction that Dandy did. My farrier and I had some good laughs over his faces. He gave some huge¬† yawns and […]

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Snowballs in November

Winter started early this year. Normally our Thanksgiving Hunt is chilly but not snowy. This past week I already woke up to two mornings with temperatures barely into the teens. As a result, our Thanksgiving Hunt was cancelled. And we’ve had snow! Not a lot of snow, but enough so that poor Freedom, who won’t […]

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Here’s a nifty way to wrap a hoof

Wrapping a hoof to treat an abscess, protect a hoof after a shoe comes off can be a pain. Here are two videos that show how to keep that hoof protected. The first is quick and easy, the second a bit more robust.

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Built in Shock Absorber

This is a fascinating video that shows how the equine hoof performs under pressure. Hard to believe that the fragile internal structures of the hoof can work so well, especially when you think about the added stress of jumping or galloping.

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The process of elimination

Freedom is still lame. Not when I first get on him. I get about 20 minutes of happy horse. He will pick up both canter leads, trot in both directions and willingly hop over a small fence. Then it starts to disintegrate. The first sign is that he won’t hold his left lead canter for […]

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