All tagged Farriery

Functionally adapted for speed and efficient use of energy, the thoroughbred foot is thin-walled and light compared to other breeds.  This adaptation for speed renders the hoof more susceptible to hoof capsule distortions, or shape changes that interfere with the normal function of the foot, which are: support, traction, shock dissipation, and proprioception.

In 1889, for the fourth edition of his book “The Racehorse in Training with Hints on Racing and Racing Reforms”, the English jockey turned horse trainer William Day added a chapter on shoeing, his preface stating “…one topic, highly important to all owners of horses, ‘Shoeing’…might advantageously be added…the aim to deal with facts and to avoid speculation.” Day wraps up by adding that he hopes “it will be found…that the best method of shoeing and of the treatment of the foot has been not only discussed but actually verified… that the prevention which, in the diseases of the feet…is better than cure and has been placed nearer the reach of all.” If only.

Caton Bredar (European Trainer - issue 20 - Winter 2007)

 


In 1889, for the fourth edition of his book “The Racehorse in Training with Hints on Racing and Racing Reforms”, the English jockey turned horse trainer William Day added a chapter on shoeing, his preface stating one topic, highly important to all owners of horses, might advantageously be added…the aim to deal with facts and to avoid speculation.
Caton Bredar (01 October 2007 - Issue Number: 5)

At the height of the flat racing season how many different terms are used to describe horses that lose their action? The description depends very much upon those that are explaining the condition and what is perceived to be the cause and the effect; the animal simply becomes scratchy and non free flowing in its movements. The exciting cause reveals itself as being “JARRED UP.” At this early stage no observable foot specific secondary condition is presented.

Peter Baker (European Trainer - issue 19 - Autumn 2007)

When he rode his first race, the horse was a year older than him. They did not win. ”I never was a very talented jockey”, he says. He has many other talents though. The Norwegian Bendik Bø (39) is a successful racehorse trainer and inventor, based in Sweden. He was never afraid to try his hand at new tasks. He was shoeing his first pony when he was only 14 years old.

Geir Stabell (European Trainer - issue 17 - Spring 2007)