Archive for Horse Care

What To Do With Big Brown’s Bad Hooves?

May 27, 2008 14 Comments by

Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown experienced a supposedly minor setback this weekend when he developed a slight quarter crack on the inside of his front left foot. It has since been treated, and his farrier and trainer are confident that he will be in shape to run in the upcoming Belmont Stakes. And he might […]

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Keeping Perspective On Horse Care In the US

May 15, 2008 3 Comments by

With so much talk of the dangers of thoroughbred racing and eventing and the cruel training practices littered across all equestrian disciplines, it’s easy to lose sight of how many people go above and beyond to take care of their horses. We see the tragedy of Eight Belles at the Kentucky Derby and want to […]

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Would Barefoot Trimming Prevent More Racehorse Injuries?

May 12, 2008 3 Comments by

Recently I’ve seen conversations cropping up more and more often about the benefits of barefoot trimming versus traditional shoeing. The natural hoof movement seems to be gaining ground slowly and surely, advocating the shock absorption and other benefits of an unshod hoof. Many horses with severe hoof issues have recovered and are now completely sound […]

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Safety Of Horses Getting National Attention

May 08, 2008 10 Comments by

The death of Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles is just the highest-profile accident in a rash of incidents all across the equestrian industry bringing the safety of horses (and riders) to the forefront. I’ve talked a lot recently about the dangers of eventing. That’s been big news between Darren Chiacchia’s accident and several equine deaths […]

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Petsitting For A Zoo

Apr 11, 2008 6 Comments by

Three years ago, after graduating college, getting a full-time job, and getting ready to get married I was settling down officially in my college town. And I decided it was high time that I found some horses to ride in the area. I managed to connect with Dave and Tracie Cross, who were beside themselves […]

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Farm Cares For And Trains Retired Racehorses

Jan 28, 2008 3 Comments by

I love my Google Alerts. Most of the time there’s nothing terribly interesting, but from time to time I find some real gold nuggets. Today I discovered Woodend Farms, a non-profit organization in Barrington, IL that focuses on caring and training retired thoroughbred racehorses. My horse, Penny, was a racehorse we bought off the track […]

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Stop Horse Slaughter: Is There Another Solution?

Jan 11, 2008 37 Comments by

The biggest problem with the campaign to stop horse slaughter in the U.S. is the lack of a better solution for dealing with an over-population of horses and a declining economy. One of the headline articles in the New York Times online this morning was a general overview of the horse slaughter debate, “Death Across […]

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