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. Advertisements

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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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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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