10 weeks into rehab and Freedom is round

News flash: ten weeks of restricted activity and not-very-restricted eating = fat horse. Yes, for the first time ever, Freedom is round. Even my vet noticed when she came for his 8 week check up and spring shots. I’ve cut back on his grain, for sure. He’s down to 5 quarts of TC Senior and […]

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Freedom didn’t get the message – he’s supposed to be resting!

Freedom has been doing a really good job staying quiet. Sure, the Ace has helped, but I really thought he was getting used to being left behind. Until today. When his friend Willow left this morning on a hack, Freedom blew through four tabs of Ace and ignored his good friends Curly and Fortune and […]

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Ice, Ice Baby!

Icing Freedom’s leg is part of the protocol for getting down the swelling. Effective icing doesn’t require much fancy equipment. A pack of frozen peas and a polo wrap do just fine. I’ve gone upscale and use a pack of synthetic peas. The pack stays more flexible, which makes it easier to get it to […]

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Hair today, gone tomorrow

The snow is almost gone and it’s starting to feel like spring. When I was out riding yesterday I saw a pair of swans fly down and land in the pond and the air is full of the music of bird song. With the warmer weather comes the dilemma of spring weather: hair. The horses […]

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Turf wars

For the past few years Freedom has led the life of Riley. As the only gelding in the herd of four or five horses, he’s taken for granted that the mares belong to him. Then came Sheldon. Freedom and Sheldon get along fine when they are turned out together, but as soon as Freedom senses […]

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Freedom has a Temporary Friend

Freedom has been very depressed since Kroni died. As an off-the-track TB, he wasn’t used to being alone. After all, race horses are rarely by themselves. For the last two weeks he’s spent a lot of time staring longingly over the fence at the horses in the next pasture and looking glum. Well, it turned […]

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