To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 5

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In this seven part series I sat down with one of this country’s leading farriers to tackle the age old debate of shoeing your horse verses leaving him or her barefoot. The series is both controversial and enlightening and in the end, my goal is to provide information on both sides of the fence so that you may make an informed decision about your horse’s shoeing needs.

In the first two installments, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 1 and To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 2 I introduced the series and provided some initial shoeing factors. In To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 3 I covered the healthy hoof and options to protect it. Finally, in To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 4, my expert provided some trimming options to consider should you decide to leave your horse barefoot. In this week’s post, Part 5, we’ll talk about reasons an owner may decide to shoe his or her horse. Continue reading

Pasture Management 101: High Traffic Areas and Overgrowth

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The fifth blog post in my miniseries on pasture management for TheHorse.com is up! With help from my expert sources I talk about the best ways to manage these important issues. Miss the first four posts? Don’t worry! For your convenience I’ve categorized them here on the blog under ‘The Horse’ articles. The link to this week’s post can be found below: Continue reading

To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 3

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I’ve shared this photo a few times now. Do you think Salty’s foot is healthy? Why or Why Not? Salty is carriage horse. What protective factors do you think his owner considered when making the decision to shoe?

In this seven part series I sat down with one of this country’s leading farriers to tackle the age old debate of shoeing your horse verses leaving him or her barefoot. The series is both controversial and enlightening and in the end, my goal is to provide information on both sides of the fence so that you may make an informed decision about your horse’s shoeing needs. Continue reading

Pasture Management 101: Drought, Excess Rain, and Erosion

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Have you ever thought about the best way to manage your horse’s pasture during a period of drought or even excess rain? How about erosion control? If you’ve ever given it a passing thought or noticed that your pasture needs help, don’t miss the latest installment to my pasture management mini-series for ‘The Horse’. Link below Continue reading

Pasture Management 101: Starting a New Pasture from Scratch

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If you’ve ever been faced with starting a new pasture from scratch you won’t want to miss this week’s blog post I wrote for TheHorse.com for the scoop on how to successfully make it happen. Link below. Continue reading

My Horse has a Love Interest and Other Important Truths that can Totally Wreck a Horse Show Performance

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I’ve had some less than optimal horse show performances before but this one takes the prize.

We had been schooling since last show season. I had spent the better part of the week getting ready. By day I had worked my full-time job. By night, after a long day’s work and a training session with my horse, I cleaned tack. I packed. I clipped my horse and on the day before our departure I bathed her. The hotel reservations made, I journeyed off with my friend and horse show partner the evening before the show to get settled and to prepare for the early start ahead. Continue reading

Pasture Management 101: Renovating Horse Fields

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So many times I see horse facilities that have pastures in need of renovation. There’s a lot of reasons behind it and, for the most part, the property owners or managers truly want to do something to improve their pastures but they just aren’t sure what. That why, I really enjoyed writing this weekly, mini series of blog posts for TheHorse.com. In this week’s series installment I talk about how to evaluate your current pasture situation and what to do if you deem them lacking. Continue reading