A Hunter Pace to Remember

The highlight of the Fall Hunter Pace season in New England is most definitely the pace event in Westport, Mass. sponsored by Norfolk Hunt Club. The pace takes you through remarkably beautiful landscape with dramatic water views. Much of the land is only open to the public for this ride. I don’t often go, because […]

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Freedom’s High Tech Shoes

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. […]

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How to remove a horse shoe in under 5 seconds

Zelda got her spring shoes last Tuesday. I went for a short ride on Wednesday, listening to the clickety clack of steel shoe on pavement as we rode onto the trail system. Three miles later, the last few steps of the ride rang out as clickety thump. One shoe was gone. If you’ve ever tried […]

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Procrastination Pays Off

Usually by the first week of April, I’ve already clipped my horses — eliminating that annoying shedding out period — they have shoes on, and I’m planning my first hunt. This year, I’m behind. My horses are still hairy yaks and they are still barefoot. Just as well! Because we had about 4 inches of […]

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The Blacksmith

This 1922 Buster Keaton silent movie is just wonderful! Make sure you watch the part where the lady rides in to get shoes for her horse.  

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The Endless Abscess

Last summer and into the fall, Freedom had an abscess that lasted and lasted. He was slightly off for some time and then terribly lame. Eventually the vet drained it at his toe, and then it also traveled up through the hoof and out through his coronary band. The remains of that abscess are still […]

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