Andy Kocher Claims Electric Device was a “Clicker”

Andy Kocher

A year ago, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) accused show jumper Andy Kocher of using “electric spurs” on his horses. In April, Kocher was suspended by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal for 10 years, fined and forfeited winnings from eight competitions where photographic evidence showed signs of the cables running up his breeches — […]

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Out of Retirement

Retirement

To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I rode Freedom. He’s 23 or 24 now and I didn’t put shoes on him this spring. Mostly he’s happy hanging out in his field, watching his mares, and putting on a good show of galloping when the spirit moves him. But Zelda came back from […]

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It’s Hunter Pace Season

Norfolk Hunter Pace

Spring hunting passed in a flash, moving onto the next season of activities: Hunter Paces. Zelda and I got to hunt four or five times this spring, and an ulcer-free Zelda was back to her happy, agreeable self for most of it. She still can be a handful. I’m always amazed by how she can […]

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How Long Before He Calms Down?

Calm

Freedom is the poster child for separation anxiety. Looking back over my blog posts, I’ve written about this before . . . always with the thought that he is “getting over it.” And he does. Kind of. For awhile. But then the anxiety comes back. When I take Zelda out for a ride I can […]

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LIKE A KID IN A SPRINKLER

Like a kid in a sprinkler

Like a kid in a sprinkler, Freedom loves to get spritzed with water on a hot day. Today, after taking Zelda to a Hunter Pace, I hosed her off. She doesn’t object, but she doesn’t enjoy it the way he does. I gave him a good soaking from outside the paddock. He’s the only horse […]

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Trust

Trust

Trust. The trust on this horse’s face says so much about his relationship with his human as the people around him work to rescue him. Almost 25 years ago, Fritz, a Boston police horse, fell into a sidewalk construction hole that had been covered by a steel plate. Police Officer Frank Pomodoro rushed to his […]

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Essential Quality Wins the Belmont

Essential Quality wins Belmont

Essential Quality wins the Belmont after a stretch run duel with Hot Rod Charlie. The handsome gray colt, who was the favorite for the Kentucky Derby, came through today and showed his “quality”. After a clean break, the colt trailed the leaders — Hot Rod Charlie and Rock Your World, who set a fast pace […]

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Can any HOrse Live up to Secretariat?

Secretariat Wins the Belmont

On the eve of the Belmont Stakes, it’s hard not to think back to 1973, the day that Secretariat captured the Triple Crown with a Belmont win so decisive that the other horses weren’t even in the same race. If you’re old, like I am, you might even remember watching the race live, on your […]

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