May I Read Your Frog?

This is another one of my I Love Hooves blogs.  And, why not?  We should all love our horse’s hooves!  No hoof, no horse, remember? When I look at a horse’s hoof, I’m checking out the structures, the shoe fit, the shape, etc.   On first impression I make note of the health of the frog.  The frog is like a window …

The magic of a reverse horse shoe.

I’ve been known for taking on some great horses that were once lame.   Many of these horses have belonged to my friends who had previously and successfully competed on them.  These horses are valuable, well-trained, kid-safe but, sadly, were lame at early ages.  My friends are grateful when I “adopt” their horses because they know that I’ll do my …

Horse Wounds Can Seem Devastating

WARNING The graphics in this blog may  be too strong for some of you in my audience.  By profession, I am a burn nurse.  I worked for the Trauma/Burn ICU at the University of Michigan.  This is a level 1 Trauma center and I have seen it all.  No one likes a bad accident, whether it is a human or …

Should you blanket your horse in the winter?

Here I type on a blustery day in Austin, Texas.  The winds are howling out of the north and the temperature has dropped into the 30’s.  We might even get a little snow tonight, unusual for the middle of February when our weather starts to feel more like spring.  It was 80 degrees just yesterday.  While looking out my window, …