Horse Stories

 

 

 Glenn Wilson - Writer Profile

Glenn lives in North East Victoria with his life partner Kelly. Together they run a small organic farm and a B&B called Waterfall Creek Country Guest House.  Glenn began his journey with horses late in life and started pleasure harness driving an ex pacer called Katie.  He admits that the first few drives were pretty exciting.  Then he got some driving lessons with John Patterson in Melbourne.  After being told about riding with the brumbies in the Victorian High Country and wanting to have the experience, he had Katie trained under saddle.  Katie then taught Glenn how to ride.  Their annual trip to the high country with a small group of friends is one of the highlights of the horse year. 

After having Katie’s hooves trimmed by a young, barehoof advocate, Glenn saw the immediate benefits of barehoof and studied Pete Ramey and Jamie Jackson’s theories on trimming and hoof care techniques.  By this time the horse herd at Waterfall Creek had grown to six, so he had plenty of hooves to practice on. 

In 2008 Glenn completed a certificate course in equine hoof care. He trims hooves using the barehoof model in the North East Victoria – Southern NSW region. 

In between the horses, hooves, farm and guesthouse, Glenn finds time to hit the keyboard.  “Writing helps me clarify things.  I also like to have a bit of fun and present a point of view in an entertaining, and sometimes challenging way.  But I do wish I had taken more notice of my English teachers at school though”, Glenn said.

Here for your pleasure are Glenn's 'Horse Stories'; his emerging take on horses, humans who have horses and a few words on their big eared friends.

 

Is This The Way To Start?

©  Glenn Wilson January 2015

My daughter organises a visit from the city and to bring her boyfriend along to meet us – and maybe have a ride on our horses.  My daughter rode as a teenager, mainly eventing.  She is a good rider but we “do” horsemanship and horses quite differently.

Although we ride some of the horses here we try not to treat them like motorbikes and we are super appreciative when they do carry us on their backs.  We try not to take advantage of their good nature, their tolerance of our requests and make sure there is always something good in it for them.  So the “riding” request was met with, “Let’s see how your boyfriend goes speed dating a suitable horse, building a relationship with him/her on the ground and then take it from there”. (Read more - Click here)

 



Rear Facing Horse Transport

© Glenn Wilson – December 2013-12-04

The horse world is rich in tradition.  Some of these traditions are quite old and based on sound, well established practices and procedures and some are more recent in their genesis, but because many of us were not around eighty or so years ago, we do not know or question why and how they came about.

The use of horses for recreation is a fairly new phenomenon.  Only since the middle of the last century have we been commonly using horses for a variety of pursuits generally called ‘horse sports’ or recreational horse activities.  With this different use for horses than our forbears came the need to move our horses around from the home base to destinations at which we carried out our horse recreation activity.

Early transport of horses in vehicles was in rail cars.  Then came the ‘horse ambulance’ in World War One to move injured horses from the battle front to animal hospitals for treatment for their wounds.  In Australia early road transport of horses was most likely in stock trailers and it is from those the current horse float was developed.  And tradition was born.  Traditionally we transport our horses facing forward or angled forward to the direction of travel.  This tradition is only sixty or seventy years young.  And maybe it’s time to question the tradition of forward facing horse transport and ask, is there a better way?  Is there a better way for the horses when we transport them from one place to another?  Read more - Click here.

 

 

Takeaway versus Home Cooked

 ©  Glenn Wilson  April 2013

The goal of most horse people is a sound horse.  They would like their horse to carry out the chosen activity without pain, drama or inconvenience, reliably and consistently, when they choose.  Hooves and hoof health are one key, and vital, component in achieving this goal.  (Read more - Click Here)

 

 

 

 

Large Animal Rescue

© Glenn Wilson - November 2012

The longer Rescue personnel are in the game, the closer they will be to one day being unexpectedly presented with a large animal rescue. Large animal rescue (LAR) is not a field for the faint hearted.  A horse or cow can be a dangerous animal to be up close to, especially if they are under stress, trapped or are in pain. (Read more - Click here)

 

 

 

Just to be Different?

© Glenn Wilson - February 2012

When it comes to our horses, we are constantly asking questions like, "What is best for them?" and "How can we make it better?"  In doing this we have found ourselves with a paddock full of barefoot horses and those who are ridden or driven in harness do it bitless.  They seem like a happy, contented herd.

We do not follow traditional practices, just because they are traditional.  As with new or different ideas, we look at them, assess their validity or suitability and if they make life better for the horse, we try to learn or adopt them.  We are also pretty hungry for knowledge and are constantly reminded that the more we know, the more there is to learn.

Transporting our horses is a necessary part of life.  We try to do it as smoothly and as stress free as we can.  Our horses load, travel and unload quite well, apart from Roly, a fifteen year old Standardbred who is not a happy traveller.  Having said that, he has been down a couple of times after a big scramble but he reloads as easy as pie.  Interesting situation.  He travels better angle loaded rather than straight loaded.  (Read more - Click here)

 

Rug and Rolling

© Glenn Wilson - September 2012

Many people rug their horses because they like to keep them clean.  Perhaps many of those people and others without horses like to ensure that their kids don't play in the dirt either.  Tenuous as it may be, there may be a link between the two.

But what is 'clean'?

Horses being horses probably have a more natural approach to skin and hair care, if given an environment that suits their instinctual behaviour.   Read more- Click Here

 

Equine Karma

 © Glenn Wilson - October 2011

 karma   n. (Buddhism) sum of person's actions in one state of existence viewed as deciding his fate in the next; destiny.

When a horse knows that you know, they then appreciate it when you operate from that place.  If and when you don't, they will let you know, in no uncertain terms, that you really know better, should be consistent with your knowledge and ought to continue to operate from that 'knowing' place.  Once you have begun your journey of discovery and knowing, you cannot turn back, nor will the horse let you.

This is what I like to think of as equine karma; or universal karma that manifests itself through the horse.  (Read more - Click here)

 

Bitless - Challenges and Solutions    by   Glenn Wilson  July 2011

 A look at some reasons why a person chooses to ride their horse bitless.  These may be reasons that are not immediately apparent.

 The decision by some horse riders to go bitless brings many of them face to face with more controversy, more issues, more challenges and more personal revelations than they might have envisaged.  (Read more - Click here)

 

 

Enslaved

Once it was considered 'right' to own another human being and to have them do all manner of things as slaves.  This allowed the owner to further themselves in  financial, material, or aesthetic ways.  The law then allowed such arrangements and indeed entrenched attitudes and regulations that today we are only legally allowed to apply to our animals.  (Read more)

 

 

 

Horse Baggage

A true bargain in the horse world is a rare animal indeed.

The recreation horse sector may inadvertently be supporting the gross oversupply and over breeding of horses that are often rejected by the thoroughbred racing and standardbred harness racing industries.  (Read more - Click here)

 

Horsemanship? 

Each and every person involved with horses is also involved on a journey - both with their horses and with themselves.

Not too many people are at the same place on the horse journey.  Some are way up ahead on the trail and some are just beginning.  The pace at which horse people progress is also as individual as the person, the horse, the combination of horse and person, and there are infinite 'paths' on which to make the journey as well.  (Read more - Click here)

 

How Much?

Maybe it is too easy to own a horse these days.

Why do I say that?  A person doesn’t need to have any horse knowledge or horsemanship skills before buying or getting a horse – although, thankfully, most people do have some idea before they take the plunge. And anyone can own a horse and can own as many horses as they like.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Which Way?

Something that has stayed with me for many years is what a yoga teacher told the class I was attending when explaining how yoga was a way to enlightenment.

He said, “Yoga is just one door of many that all lead to becoming more aware and more spiritually in tune with your understanding of Life, Love and God.  It is not the way.  It is one of many that are available to those who seek these things and this is what makes yoga different from some religions which insist that they are the only way”.

You may well ask, “What has this got to do with horses?”  (Read more - Click here)

 

Shoes, Bare or Boots?    by Glenn Wilson  October 2010

The horse-hoof landscape has undergone some dramatic changes and developments in the past couple of decades.  These changes and developments include the advent and popularity of barehoof, the ongoing development and improvement of hoof boots, new and different types of horse shoes, brumby hoof research and even a dedicated four-day "Functional Hoof Conference" that was held at Werribee Victoria early in 2011.

Scientific researchers around the world are analysing hooves down to a cellular level, and horse therapists, hoof practitioners, forward thinking veterinarians, horse owners, trainers and breeders are often dispensing with the traditional understandings of hooves and embracing the vast ocean of knowledge that is now emerging. This 'new' learning has also allowed many of the myths and misinformation about hooves to be dispelled.  For example white hooves are now understood to be just as strong as dark hooves, and there are some barehoof thoroughbreds with hooves as tough as the toughest.   (Read more - Click here)


Spider Web and Soap Bubbles

Not too long after I began riding horses I was shown the most amazing trick by a lady horse rider. 

(Read more - Click here)

 

 DONKEY HOOVES  --  A Hoof Trimmer's Perspective

"The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight shoes".

The donkey and horse version of the above is, "If my feet hurt then I feel like crap".  The reality is that too many donkeys and horses suffer bad hooves - and they needn't - so their behaviour is affected.  It is our absolute duty, as the owners and carers of these animals, to ensure that their hooves are in the best condition possible. 

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Horses - DIY

Problems seem to proliferate when horses and humans get together.  To alleviate much suffering and prevent such problems from occurring, perhaps we need to get our skill and knowledge levels, about horses, up before we join them in the paddock or in a relationship.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Hidden Quality

(Are horses much more intelligent and intuitive than we generally give them credit for?  Why do they often accept our bluntness, our lack of sensitivity and our arrogance with dignity and grace?  And why are they so forgiving and accepting of our apparent and regular rough, both mental and physical, treatment?)    (Read more - Click here)

 

HORSES AND BUSHFIRE - Post Black Saturday

The Black Saturday fires in Victoria have redefined what is understood about bushfire behaviour in Australia.  One hundred and seventy three people died, over two thousand homes were destroyed, thousands of kilometres of fencing burnt and sadly many hundreds of horses died or were burnt or injured.

Anyone living in a rural area is at risk of such devastation.  You, your family and your animals could suffer as a result of not planning and preparing a realistic bushfire survival plan.  Whilst such a plan is not a one hundred percent guarantee of survival, a well researched, practiced and timed plan that also allows for a change or changes in circumstances (a plan B) will afford a better survivability chance.                            (Read more - Click here)

 

What If?

The difficulty using religion as an analogy to tempt people to consider ‘What if the fundamental concept is wrong?’ when it comes to thinking about things ‘horse’ is that the religious may have too much of an unswerving and blind faith in the core subject to step outside of their given belief or faith, even for just a moment, to be objective or consider the ‘what if’.

My ‘Devil’s Advocate’ put this to me when I announced what I thought was a clear and definitive analogy to use to encourage horse owners to step outside their paradigm to consider ‘other’ ways of doing things.  My quest for an easily understood and obvious discussion point (don’t want to use the word ‘argument’ here) comes from a fascinating frustration with coming to terms with horse owners who won’t, can’t or don’t want to see or consider that there are other and perhaps better ways of doing things with their horses.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Be the Perfect Horseperson

Sometimes it’s a struggle with a horse.  Every now and then I just don’t have ‘it’. ‘It’ doesn’t come together and the plan for the moment gets waylaid.

It would be so easy, in these sorts of situations, to blame the horse for not getting it.  But the reality is that the only thing the horse is getting is confusion from me.  If he doesn’t understand me then it’s not his fault.  This truth smacks me in the face like a cold herring on a frosty morning, and that is not that a pleasant experience.  The flip side of this realization is that if I want my horse to be perfect then I must be perfect - in whatever way it takes.    

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Horse Myths

Traditions, traditional sayings and traditional practices should be allowed to die if they collapse under the prick of a legitimate challenge.

Sitting in the pleasantly warm spring sunshine waiting for the 40km and 80km riders to return from their endurance ride I was asked if I would ‘have a go’ at an endurance ride.  “I don’t think so” was my reply.  “Oh, why not?” was the response.  And I thought, “They asked so I may as well give my honest answer”.   (Read more - Click here)

 

On Getting a Horse

Jack was seventeen.  He was the oldest child of a family of four.  His parents didn’t drive motor vehicles; they preferred the ‘old’ way of getting around.  Horses and buggies had served them well and Jack’s Dad didn’t see any good reason to change.    (Read more - Click here)

 

Language Learning

Some of you reading this may recall your early days with horses.  For many of us it was a real challenge.  It was like trying to have a conversation with an alien - a four to six hundred kilogram alien who could spook, kick, bite and go off like a bomb.  Those ‘early day horses’ were made of very scary stuff indeed.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Horse and Pet Funerals

There has yet to be a horse born that has not or will not die.  This is a simple fact of life and one which has to addressed by horse owners sooner or later.  For many horse owners, the thought of their horse dying is not a palatable one.  There are more issues that become relevant to this subject once it is thought about in detail.  Some forethought and planning are highly recommended prior to the demise of your favourite horse.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Why the Horse Rug?

From a horse’s perspective, rugs may be a very strange thing indeed.  From some humans’ perspective, horse rugs are an acceptable thing to cover a horse’s body with.  Not only do these people think that rugging is a good thing for the horse, they spend considerable amounts of money and time fulfilling their own needs for the horse’s supposed wellbeing.  By contrast, other horse owners do not go through the daily routine of putting the rug on, taking it off, getting it repaired, adjusting it and treating the rub sores and bare patches on the unrugged horse.  And the horse survives – amazingly enough.   (Read more - Click here)

 

“IKNIGTDVD”

“I know natural, I’ve got the DVD”.  Yep, someone actually said that to me once.  And they meant it.  It was not a joke.  This ‘someone’ had a horse who would not step over a timber sleeper garden border, let alone walk into a big open carport out of the rain.  “Yeah, right”, I thought as I mused at the only two positive words in the English language that put together make a ‘negative’.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Continuous Improvement

“It’s amazing what a horse will do for you, if he only understands what you want.  And it’s also quite amazing what a he’ll do to you if he doesn’t”.  Bill Dorrance – ‘True Horsemanship Through Feel’

Smart corporations, businesses, organizations and individuals use a process called ‘continuous improvement’ to better their performance in their world.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Horses Know

When a horse looks you in the eye, he may be saying “hello”, “what?” or he may be looking into your mind and soul.

Horses know.   (Read more - Click here)

 

 

 

Horse Control

Some people just love to be in control.  And that’s OK, if it is control of their own lives; but problems can and do arise when the ‘control’ is exerted on other’s lives.  ‘Others’ can mean other humans, and other animals, more specifically, in this case, horses.        (Read more - Click here)

 

Horse Auctions

Auctions seem to attract people like car smashes do.  There are plenty of onlookers and often not too many real participants (apart from clearing sales).  But I generally enjoy them (auctions, not car smashes).  Dismissing the time and expense of travelling to an auction or clearing sale and the better part of the day spent there, I am always on the lookout for a bargain.    (Read more - Click here)

 

Worksafe

In most modern workplaces these days, when a worker injures him or herself to any degree, it is a serious and reportable incident.  If even just a band- aid is applied to a small cut, paperwork must be filled out.  Like it or not, that is the way of the world.

Workplace safety and prevention of injuries is very high on the radar at the moment, and for good reason.  Too many people are being injured at their workplaces with subsequent pain, costs and losses being suffered by all parties.  So drawing blood or breaking bones are big no-no’s for human workers.

It is a real shame that the same levels of injury prevention, safety awareness and worksafe practices do not apply to our horses; even in ‘recreational’ environments let alone ‘real’ horse events.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Shouts and Whispers

“You can’t train a horse with shouts and expect it to obey a whisper”.

This little gem came to me at a most unlikely time in a most unusual place.

Whether or not this saying is Chinese, Malaysian, Tibetan or universal, it is so obvious to me.  And I would like to think it is obvious to everyone who comes within twenty metres of a horse.  Sadly this is not the case though.                              (Read more - Click here)

 

Annie Finds a Friend (or two)

Annie was a solo, depressed, sad, foundered and lovely pony.  She had lived alone for around five years.  She was chronically foundered and had been the victim of some ordinary farrier trimming and veterinary advice.  She couldn’t even run away from us!  I was asked if I could attend to her hooves because she couldn’t walk.  So I got to work on them, (they were way out of shape), and I started working on her human carer about getting some company for her.  Her hooves improved a little but her demeanour didn’t.  She had trouble moving and her body had abnormal muscle development from standing in the typical founder stance.  She was a mess but I knew all she needed was horse company and some TLC.   (Read more - Click here)

 

My Fur Coat

Horses are wild animals, albeit domesticated.  Part of that ‘wildness’ in horses is about having all the necessary biological functions and systems that allow them to operate quite happily, in fact very happily, outside in the elements.  And horses are not human.  This may be obvious to most of us but sometimes I wonder.  More accurately, I wonder if some humans who treat their horses like humans can see and understand the actual differences.   (Read more - Click here)

 

 

The Value of a Horse.

It amazes me that people will pay $10,000 and double and triple that amount for a horse. These horses usually had or could have potential as a dressage, eventing, showjumping, or showing horse. And I suspect that there is somehow ‘prestige’ in a big price ticket, as these disciplines listed above are about winning, about being the best and part of winning and being the best could perhaps be achieved by paying a lot of money for a horse. (He or she who has the most expensive toy wins.)

 However, there are many people, who with an underlying sense of social justice, buck this trend and support the $300 thoroughbred, saved from the slaughterhouse, and subsequently with the love, care, and dedication of its owner, goes on to win at high levels of competition.  (Read more - Click here)

 

THE BIG QUESTION

I believe that riding on the back of a horse is a great privilege, not a right. 

I also believe that we, as horse people, do not ask ourselves the ‘BIG question’ often enough to put things in a very real perspective, especially from the horses’ point of view - because we so called ‘natural horse people’ are supposed to view life from the horses’ point of view.  Aren’t we?

The BIG question is of course; should we be on their backs at all?    (Read more - Click here)

 

More Big Questions

Being aware is great.  Being aware of our thoughts as they stream through our consciousness in an endless procession at some amazing number during a twenty four hour period can be a bit mind boggling.  But it can all make some sort of sense if we detach our selves from these thoughts and just observe.  No emotion, no reaction, no feelings.  Instead, we just look and learn.

Another question connected to ‘our’ thoughts is; how do our thoughts affect those around us?  ‘Those around us’ include the horse, of course.   (Read more - Click here)

 

BEING NATURAL

Being natural is a state of mind, although many ‘do’ natural and ‘doing’ natural doesn’t necessarily make one ‘be’ natural.  ‘Being’ comes before ‘doing’ even if many just do the ‘doing’ bit without the ‘being’ bit. Confused?  Me too.

So often I hear people tell me they ‘do’ a little bit of natural, or they started this or that horse doing a little bit of natural.  ‘What then?’ I think to myself and more often than not the evident relationship these people have with their horse or horses tells me the answer.  Some of these people are about as natural as a sausage.    (Read more - Click here)

 

Dilemma or Drama – Shoes or Barefoot?

What a dramatic heading for this short piece on the emerging debate about hooves and shoes.

I’ll be up front here and confess that horse’s hooves fascinate me.  Weird huh?  Well we all need to have some weirdness about us or it would be a very dull world.  My confession continues with the fact that I am not a big fan of nailing a steel plate on the bottom of what is a beautifully designed and functional living apparatus.  Yep, I am a natural hoof aficionado.

This is not just a passing fad.  Humans (some of us anyway) have realised that working with nature, being patient, knowing about the structure and mechanisms of hooves, knowing how and why they grow and wear and why they are beset by problems gives us the keys to successful barefoot horsing around.  By and large the horses are happy too.

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DIY Hoof Trimming

A fundamental advantage of barehoof trimming over traditional shoeing of horses is that many people can trim hooves themselves.  There are many other advantages of keeping horses barehoof too.  But that’s a BIG subject and not the purpose of this article.  Or just ask anyone who is passionate about barehoof horses; they’ll fill you in.

 DIY hoof trimming can be a pain in the back or a wonderful experience and everything in between.  Your horse may be a sound, free moving, rock crusher or a lame excuse for an equine and everything in between.  Just how you and your horse feel about the process known as barefoot, barehoof, shoeless, or whatever it’s called in your area, will depend on a few fundamental basics.     (Read more - Click here)


Hoof Boots

Numerous horse owners are realising the many benefits of maintaining their horse’s feet barehoof.  The evidence is abundant that maintaining horse’s hooves barefoot is far safer and healthier than shoeing.

Just as with our feet, if a horse is de-shod and left barehoof or taken from a soft environment and asked to perform on harder, rockier ground, then hoof/feet tenderness will often be an issue.

Modern hoof boots are the answer to this challenge.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Horse Honesty   (Or Why I sometimes prefer the company of horses rather than humans)

Never have I had a horse lie to me.  Nor have they hid the truth from me, or pretended that something that mattered didn’t matter or something that didn’t matter did.  Horses are honest, brutally honest.  And that’s one thing I really like about them.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Horse Journeys

Some people like to stay at home.  They don’t like to travel, whereas others are hopping on planes, trains and vehicles of all types and heading off on a new adventure all the time.

There is a classic line that I first became aware of in the 70’s in a book that promised much about fixing my motorbike until I read it.  The line, from memory is ‘It’s about the journey, not the destination’.  The book is called Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  It was more about Zen (who, as it turns out, was not a motorcycle mechanic) than motorcycles.

What has all this got to do with horses? You may well ask.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Horse Names

Despite having the name of Roly, Roly is neither fat, round or size XXXL in the girth.  His favourite activity is, well, rolling.  Favourite surfaces include mud, dust, mulch, and green grass.  Favourite times are 24/7, especially after a brush or wash down when he looks particularly smart.  Someone once told me of a horse called ‘Gutsy’ and this was not because of meritorious bravery.  Seems this boy liked his tucker.  Horse names are as weird as they are creative and appropriate (sometimes).

According to some experts though, horses don’t really care what they are called, just as long as they are called for dinner.   (Read more - Click here)

 

HORSES AND BUSHFIRE

Each summer much of Australia experiences a bushfire season.  In some areas bushfire season includes spring,  autumn, and even winter too.  Whatever the time of year, being prepared and having a good, well practised Bushfire Survival Plan for you, your family, your home and most importantly your horses, can make the difference between life and death.  (Read more - Click here)

 

 

 

Horses Are Like Computers

Now that’s a statement!  Well, we use them a bit like computers (and a bit like motorbikes as well but that’s a whole different subject).  But lets explore the ‘computer’ comparison.

If your computer skills and knowledge are like mine then we have in common the understanding of how to turn them on, how to ‘do’ a word document like this one, send and receive emails, surf the web, do a bit of banking online, keep the books in order, play around with a digital image or two and keep the viruses out.  Plus give or take a bit for some of us.  And that’s great!

But just think what else our trusty tower or laptop can do for us.  Given the knowledge, tools (programs) and accessories we can actually create so much more.  The bits and bytes are all there waiting to have the right buttons pushed.  I marvel at the skills some people have at the keyboard.  Plus they know how the thing works.  Inside!  They can diagnose and fix problems.  They can foresee problems coming up and use their skills and nous to sail straight past without drama.

See where the horse-computer analogy is going here?   (Read more - Click here)

 

HOW SMOOTH ARE YOU?    A Game with Only Winners

The win/win/win aspects of this game are; Your horse will get a better ride.  You become a smoother driver, which could mean you become a safer driver (Look Up and Live).  There will be less wear and tear on your vehicle and float.  A charity will benefit and the foam cup manufactures sell more foam cups!   (Read more - Click here)

 

Insanity

There are enough people out there who believe our chosen pursuit of ‘horsing around’ is insane.  They often argue that we would be much better off watching TV, shopping, mowing the lawns, spending time at the pub or club or playing lawn bowls.

They may be right.  After all, here we are developing or maturing a relationship with a 400 to 600kg, four legged prey animal.  These fodder and money processors have a mind of their own, are extremely intelligent, instinctive, perceptive and alert.  They would often run away from scary things rather than overcoming their fears.  Well some horses are like that and some are not.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Megan’s Nails

(The names in this story may have been changed to protect the innocents.  And maybe they have not been changed at all and you know and your friends know who you are.)

When I am not hanging with my herd, feeding them, doing the dishes or sleeping, I can sometimes be found under a variety of horses in deep study of and care of their hooves.  Hoof trimmer is a more accurate title than one I was given recently.  “Equine podiatrist” was the term used.  “A what?” I said.  “How about a barehoof practitioner?” I added and the conversation drifted off onto more important things, like the drought.

Well one night the phone rang and I had the following conversation with Megan.  “My friend has recommended I call you because she has convinced me to leave my horse barefoot and you may be able to trim his hooves for me”.  Megan had instantly scored two wins with me.  Firstly she didn’t want to reshoe her horse and she understood the importance of regular hoof trimming, care and maintenance.  We chatted about her plans for Sunny, her horse,  and I suggested to her as I do to all  new clients, “you can trim them yourself you know”.  She forthrightly replied, “I don’t think so and when you meet me, you will understand”.  Not only had Megan scored two wins, she now had my curiosity aroused.   (Read more - Click here)

 

Show Jumping?

Last weekend I witnessed my first show jumping event.  It was spectacular.  It was fantastic in the true sense of the word.  It was also a high level competition.    (Read more - Click here)

 

Solitary Confinement     

Hello! 

My name is Snowy.  Humans call me a pony.  I’m naturally light grey in colour and have seen about sixteen summers.  When I was one year old the humans gelded me.  It didn’t hurt much and my humans say it is much better for me to be that way.  I wonder if they get gelded?    (Read more - Click here)

 

Horse Colour

It’s strange how some humans prefer a ‘good looking’ horse to one that is well behaved and respectful.  It’s also weird how the human who chooses a horse for its colour and looks often has a history of owning quite a few horses.  The others just didn’t work out, you see.               (Read more - Click here)

 

When to Stop (Whoa!)

Knowing when to stop/quit is critical; otherwise the experience can be less than satisfactory.                                       (Read more - Click here)

 

Driving Miss Daisy (aka Psycho)

Peter Lapin, who runs a herd of fibroclass soy milkers at his small park-like property near Murchison in central Victoria, decided to see how the town was coping with the drought and also the meteoric rise in fuel prices. 

 He harnessed up his best cow Psychodelic for the sedate trip into town. Psycho, a big slow and fully colour coordinated beast, trotted sulkily along River Road and headed toward the town centre.       (Read more - Click here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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