Month: March 2014

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

Moe and I competing at Brownland Farm during the show jumping phase of the Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trial, October 2003. Photo captured by one of my parents.  Let’s not talk about how short my reins are.

Riding Playlist

Riding Playlist

Confession time: I have never ridden my horse while wearing a pair of headphones and listening to music. I keep meaning to bring a pair out to the barn, but inevitably forget. Solution? I found a second pair, stuffed them in my barn tote, and […]

Event Lines on Hooves

Event Lines on Hooves

Over the weekend, I noticed some pretty distinctive event lines on Gina’s front hooves.

I was curious about what could have caused them, so I sent a message to my friend Trista. In addition to being a dressage rider, certified therapeutic riding instructor, animal nutritionist, and cattle rancher, Trista is also a farrier. Like, a went-to-farrier-school farrier.
Here’s the message I sent her along with the above picture:
“I noticed these lines on Gina’s front hooves yesterday. They’re like bumps- the line isn’t like a speed bump that raises then goes back down, they’re more like a bank jump, where they raise and stay that way to the toes. Any thoughts? The hoof seems fine and she’s sound, but I’m curious about what they’re from! (And figured you were the person to ask.)”

And Trista’s reply:
“Interesting. Probably just a difference in nutrition from the time she went from Linda’s where she was getting fed some feed and then when she went to our place and was just on grass. Smooth rings like that (that aren’t wavy, squiggly lines) are related to nutrition differences from one period to another. If they’re kinda more like squiggly lines, those rings would be from an illness or fever or trauma like founder. She’s fine, especially since she’s not lame or anything. And she’ll probably get some more of those as the green grass comes up in the pasture. My horses always get them in the spring. My grulla mare especially gets really prominent rings just like Gina does. No worries.”
Well, duh, I should have figured they were from Gina’s change in diet a few months ago. I’m curious to see if more rings appear. Moe doesn’t have any so far, but he’s also had less of a drastic change than Gina has. 
Have y’all ever noticed event lines on your horse’s hooves?
The Importance of Having Fun

The Importance of Having Fun

I went out to the barn yesterday planning to do a transition-heavy dressage school on Moe. I did- it was very unexciting. I don’t even think Moe’s #1 fan Elizabeth was impressed. Dressage just isn’t exciting when you’re simply trying to remind your horse that […]

Moe’s Number One Fan

Moe’s Number One Fan

When I pulled up to the barn yesterday afternoon, I saw the barn manager’s daughter helping a teenage girl lunge a stumpy, reluctant Appaloosa gelding. As I headed out to catch Moe, the teenager had climbed aboard the horse and was doing her best to […]