Mishriff Wins Saudi Cup with some Drama

The Saudi Cup is the world’s richest race, offering a $20-million purse, with $10 million going to the winner. There were fourteen starters, but the race was billed as a dual between Pegasus Cup winner Knicks Go and G1 Malibu winner Charlatan. No one mentioned this to Irish-bred Mishriff, who put the pressure on down […]

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Brimmed or Brimless: Which is Safer?

Much of the talk in the development of equine helmets centers around the rollout of MIPS technology. But there is another consideration when evaluating helmet safety: namely, should you go brimmed or brimless? In eventing, the helmet of choice is typically a jockey skull cap. This design has no built-in brim. Instead, helmet covers are […]

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Horses by their very nature, excel at forgiveness. Watch some herd dynamics and you’ll see that while there can be some very articulate discussions over herd dynamics or access to food, they are brief. Horse move on. They don’t hold a grudge. At least not much. Zelda is very forgiving. Even syringing ulcer medication into […]

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Cold Nights, Hot Meals

Cold nights, hot meals

Tonight was wintry and cold, with about four more inches of fresh, powdery snow. When I fed dinner, around six, it was so dark that only Zelda’s white blaze shown out in the night. On cold nights, you might think of horses tucked into stalls, but ours live outside 24/7. They have a shed but […]

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And it’s Still Snowing

It's still snowing

It’s still snowing, last I checked. Another five inches to add to the ten we had last week. While Zelda may be shedding out, Freedom is firmly convinced that there will be six more weeks of winter. He’s not shedding at all. And he may be right. Although I love riding in the snow, I’m […]

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First sign of Spring

First signs of spring

Although we had 10 inches of snow yesterday in my town, I’m glad to report that I also saw the first signs of spring. Zelda is shedding. Massively. Despite the wintery outlook, under her blanket is several birds’ nests worth of loose hair. I didn’t clip her after hunting season, so she has enough coat […]

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Knicks Go Wins Pegasus World Cup

Knicks Go wins the Pegasus

While the world remains on lock down, racing continues to go on, albeit without the crowds. In last weeks’ $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Knicks Go with Joel Rosario on board, kicked off the season with a resounding wire-to-wire win, crossing the finish line 2 3/4 lengths in front of Jesus’ Team. The five-year […]

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No More Cold Hands

No More Cold Hands

Wouldn’t it be nice to have no more cold hands when working at the barn? Winter in New England is all about the cold. The forecast for the next few days is overnight lows in the single digits and daytime highs that are less than 20. About three years ago, the cold started to really […]

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