Asad and Hoof Pain

I knew Asad was overdue for a hoof trim before he started down my way. What I did not know was just how long it had been since his last hoof trim. As you can see in the photo below, he had platters for front hooves and his hind hooves were equally overgrown. I was […]

My Spanish Mustang Stallion Arrives

EHF Asad is linebred to Cochise, the stallion the founders of the Spanish Mustang Registry held up as an example of their ideal horse. As you can tell from the number of links in this paragraph, he meets my criteria foran outstanding individual of these exceptional and extra-ordinary horses. When I inherited my property a […]

Barefoot Olympic Gold in Showjumping

I was actually able to watch the showjumping of the 202(1) Olympics without utterly cringing. The Swedish team took the gold with only one pole down. They were one of the few teams that seemed to realized that the brakes are in their behinds and their hands are for communication. And their horses not only […]

From the Veterinarian’s Mouth

The Horse: Do vets use a “one size fits all” protocol for sedation/anesthesia? Hubbell: Many equine veterinarians have developed different dosing regimens for different breeds or types of horses based on their experiences. Minimal data are available to directly support variations between breeds, but here are some observations I made during my career: The atmosphere of […]

Take It Easy on Your Horse’s Mouth!

I keep coming across reports of how many riders injure their horse’s mouths, especially during competitions. I do not see many articles about how to reduce the number of horses with injured mouths. Nor do I see any explanation of why those who want top performances from their horses in competition are the very people […]

Light Hands in the Olympics?

I have been wanting a ‘Light Hands’ award in horse shows, especially in Dressage, for decades. Now high tech has made my wishes come true. Ipos Rein sensors give real-time feedback on how much pressure is being exerted on the reins. So far Ipos has found that: ‘The higher the level of a rider was, […]

The Colors of the Four Horsemen

I just gave a talk with Matthew Wood and Jon Baklund on a horse breeder’s view of the colors given for the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I had been given an esoteric translation of the two-thousand-year old original Greek version of Revelations that was especially fascinating to me as it informed me that the original […]

Girths, Cinches and Science

I just now found an article published in September of 2020 discussing the ‘performance inhibiting spinal pressure’ researchers documented when racehorse trainers strapped a roller or surcingle around their yearling’s barrels. I was intrigued because when I was researching background information on the impact of girth position and tension for my series on horse training, […]

Saddle Points and Limit Cycles

A comment on my FB group when we were looking at images of Square Horses at the trot got me thinking about how horseman learn to see patterns of movement intuitively. Sometime back I found an article where a member of one of the North American Horse tribes explained the markings they painted on their […]