Thursday News & Notes

Just a derp enjoying twirlers. Photo by Grace Evelyn.

It’s literally the first two days of the third month of 2023, and I’ve already lost track of how many times I have reported mischief on my farm. Specifically, the varied escape hijinks planned and executed by my very-much-not-retired-but-still-obviously-bored 22-year-old ex-4* horse, Nyls. Last night, I received a knock on my cabin door, and a report of horses running down the driveway. Honestly, I don’t even rush anymore because I know exactly WHO it is, and he will be caught when he feels like being caught, so running after him doesn’t make a difference. Jumping out, picking locks on stall doors and field gates, luring friends into bad behavior if he can…sounds like a great night to Nyls!

U.S. Weekend Preview

$50,000 Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entries] [Tickets] [Live Stream] [Scores] [Volunteer] [EN’s Coverage]

Full Gallop Farm March Wednesday H.T. (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

Rocking Horse Winter III H.T (Altoona, FL): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Sporting Days Farm March H.T. II (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

Twin Rivers Winter H.T. (Paso Robles, CA): [Website] [Volunteer] [Entries / Ride Times / Scoring]

News From Around the Globe:

Will Faudree has had his fair share of setbacks in his career, but he keeps on truckin’. In 1999, he suffered a traumatic brain injury, in 2004 his barn caught fire, in 2015 he broke his neck, and last year he shattered his foot in a cross-country fall. The foot was slow to recover, mostly because all of us equestrians push the boundaries a bit, but Will is back in action with both Pfun and Mama’s Magic Way, his two experienced 5* horses. Keep an eye out for him this weekend at Bruce’s Field! [Will Faudree’s 2023 Comeback]

How much can special shoeing decisions affect your horse’s movement? In this article, a veterinarian offers insight into how good farriery and strategic shoeing can affect movement. Shoeing can improve how a horse moves in the show ring in a few ways. When we can consider horseshoes’ impact on movement, we must consider three factors: conformation, hoof trim, and type of horseshoe. Read more and examine them separately so you can understand how each factor contributes to the whole. [Shoeing Improve Movement?]

Best of Blogs: Does Size Matter?

Last week, Florida jockey Manny Jimenez jumped an alligator in a race at Tampa Bay Downs. Riding Papa Jimmy, Jimenez took evasive action when he saw the alligator crossing the track towards an infield pond. He decided to swing wide, and jump the tail end instead of the biting end, and lived to tell the tale. [Florida Man: Horse Version]

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