Shoe sucking mud

We’ve had rain, snow, and more rain. It has left our paddocks full of shoe sucking mud. Luckily, I’ve pulled the horses’ shoes for the winter so the only shoes getting sucked off are mine! Every year after hunt season, I pull shoes. I hate dealing with winter shoes. Borium is great until there’s no […]

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So nice to see the sun again

I know it’s only been raining since Tuesday but here in New England it felt like the Ark was going to appear soon to whisk us all away. It has been cold with heavy rain and blustery winds. Every time I was at the barn the horses were inside, looking out at the fetlock deep […]

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On a sloppy track, jockeys wear up to 9 pairs of goggles

The track today for the Belmont Stakes is sloppy. I suppose that’s better than the 100 degree heat in New York earlier in the week but the wet conditions create a different challenge: mud. When jockeys race in the mud they wear up to nine pairs of goggles, pulling them down as they go around […]

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It’s mud season with a vengeance

We had 10 inches of rain between Saturday and Monday. Had it been snow, it could easily have stacked up to more than 100 inches! Instead, we had mud. More mud than I remember seeing — ever. Saturday we had heavy rain and high winds. The combination pulled down several of our fiberglass poles for […]

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