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 […]

Mopsy is Actually Dancing to the Beat

Personally, I rarely enjoy watching dressage freestyles because I find the music so painfully unrelated to the horse’s strides that I have to either mute the sound or move on to something else. But Steffan Peters’ 2021 Olympic freestyle dressage ride went viral not just because the music is upbeat techno dance music. The freestyle […]

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 […]

Social Media and the New Mexico Horse Council

I joined Facebook last fall with the intention of broadening my social horizons. So when a couple of members of the New Mexico Horse Council group asked to friend me, I agreed. I wanted to know what horse people in New Mexico were up to. I found that the actual NMHC group is pretty quiet, […]

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, […]