Love FarmEquestrian Center in Clinton Corners, New York
Hoof W, this was a hoof that I studied with a team of 5 like minded women, last weekend at a dissection workshop held at my place.
This video focused on the wa...ll crack but there was something much more sinister going on.
Edit- I have now researched this further and discussed this case with barefoot trimmers, a couple of farriers and I now learn that the hole in the toe is called seedy toe or white line disease. It is not thrush, so I apologise for this error in terminology. This was an unscripted video and was my own personal observations. My intention was not to mislead anyone.
I have also been made aware that this is a very common condition and that it may not need to be treated, and the farrier or vet would advise, accordingly.
The farrier, vet or barefoot trimmer would have noticed this and they may have made the professional call not to treat it.
We are only seeing one small part of the puzzle, just this foot. We can't always make assumptions on this. There are many other variables and factors involved, like, diet, hoof care, weather, seasons, and these all play their part in the condition of hooves.
The hooves I study, I don't always get a history. They are just a tiny part of the puzzle but I hope by sectioning, you will be able to learn with me as I share my journey with you.
YOU ARE GOING TO FAIL, and that it is the point. This months equestrian fitness column on Eventing Nation is on scheduling your workouts, start learning about m...uscle failure, and why it is the best way to strength train, especially for the busy equestrian who does not have hours a week to spend in the gym... Just twenty minutes once or twice a week.
❔ The benefits of a trail with your horse are multiple, especially for his positive mental, but going for a trail can also be much more than that! 🏇 🌳
Lift the Shoulders
Collection is a frequently misunderstood term. It has nothing to do with putting the horse's face on the vertical and everything to do with g...athering up your horse's energy to strengthen his body and to put brilliance into his gaits.
Perfect your basic half halt. If you can't execute a good half halt, you can't collect your horse. Period. A half halt does not mean slowing your horse down. It means rebalancing your horse by shifting his weight toward his haunches, bringing his hind legs under him, and raising his back.
Start by riding your horse forward, allowing your pelvis and legs to gently flex and follow your horse's movement. (If you can't sit the trot without bouncing and gripping, you can't do an adequate half halt.) Then perform a half halt to rebalance your horse.
Stretch up through your torso without raising your shoulders. You just want to lengthen your torso. Now tighten your abs (just as you would in Pilates, yoga, or martial arts). You will feel your pelvis rotate under you as you do this and your pubic bone rise up toward your navel. This stops your own motion, which will impede your horse's movement.
At the same time as you lengthen your torso and rotate your pelvis, stretch your legs down as though you were going to put them flat on the ground. Close your legs on your horse's barrel. Apply gentle pressure. This provides the impetus for him to keep his energy focused on going forward.
At the same time, close your fingers around the reins like you are squeezing a sponge. Don't pull the reins back. Instead, squeeze your hands and bend your wrist so that your thumb points slightly down, as though you were gently pouring something from a pitcher.
The combination of these movements will take all of that forward momentum and shift the energy back toward the horse's haunches. His body will shorten from front to back as his back rises and his hind legs step further under his belly, thereby lowering his croup. Your leg aids will also engage your horse's belly muscles to allow him to raise his back.
Ride your horse forward at this level of collection just for a few strides, then go back to working or medium trot or canter. This is hard work for your horse! It will take time for his muscles to develop enough strength to ride in collection for longer periods. Patience is the key.