The Santa Anita Conundrum Continues

Mongolian Groom

The death of Mongolian Groom from a catastrophic injury sustained during the Breeders’ Cup Classic has put Santa Anita under the microscope again. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)  had already issued a warning to Santa Anita earlier in the week that if there is another fatality, its days were numbered and the tragedy in the final […]

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Can Horses Smell Happiness?

Curly's nose

Certainly horses can cause happiness, but can they smell when their humans are happy? Drs. Gün Semin, Anna Scandurra, Biagio D’Aniello, Paolo Baragli and Antonio Lanatà reviewed multiple studies and concluded that the horses used in the research showed different activation of their autonomic nervous systems depending on if the human they were exposed to […]

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Vino Rosso Wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic; Mongolian Groom Injured

Vino Rossi wins the Breeders Cup Classic

Vino Rosso surged to the lead to beat McKinzie by 4 1/2 lengths in the $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Higher Power was third. War of Will led the first part of the race, faded to ninth. Vino Rosso was ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. who had an amazing Breeders’ Cup meet. An hour earlier […]

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Zelda and the Blustery Day

Blustery day

Today was the first sunny day after a week of rain. So what if the wind was blowing at typhoon levels. Okay, maybe not that high, but enough to wonder if you might fall over. I had to ride. I’ve had a long tough week with very limited horse time. So I started with a […]

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Happy Halloween!

Dragon jumpin

It’s a windy, spooky night here in Massachusetts. Very warm, but drizzling and a bit foggy. A perfect Halloween evening, except for the fact that we haven’t had a single trick or treater. When my kids were little I always wanted to dress as a witch and ride my black Trakehner around the neighborhood. That […]

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Great multipurpose grooming tool: StripHair Gentle Groomer

StripHair Gentle Groomer

If you’ve ever owned a Swiss Army Knife and you’ll have an idea of how useful the StripHair Gentle Groomer can be. It doesn’t look like much, but I’ve found myself reaching for this rubber block almost every time I groom or wash down my horses. Full disclosure here: the nice folks at Betty’s Best […]

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A Hack with Friends

Hacking in Great Brook

This fall has been busy, with no time yet to hunt. However, Zelda and I did manage to go out for a nice hack with our hunting friends this week. It was an overcast day, but warm. And the fall foliage still glowed. We met at one of our local state parks — which is […]

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