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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Longtime Blacksmith Norman Devoted To ‘Way Of Life’

No one would blame Steve Norman if he retired tomorrow. He is 67. He has been a blacksmith for 49 years. Kate, his wife of 35 years, would welcome the opportunity to spend more time with him. So would their three daughters — Sarah, Samantha and Meredith – and his three grandchildren. Norman has nothing […]

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Steel Shoes May Be Better For Racehorses Than Aluminum, Farriers Say

Traditions are hard to shake in horse racing, but one area that appears open to change is shoeing. One of those changes in years gone by was to switch from training in steel shoes to aluminum plates. Pete Butler, son of respected farrier and clinician Dr. Doug Butler, wrote in his blog that steel shoes […]

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Epsom Salt: How It Works Its Magic

Epsom salt is a staple in every horseman’s tack room. Principally used in poultices and hoof packings, Epsom salt draws water out of the body, making it excellent for reducing swelling and removing toxins. If applied as a paste, it generates soothing heat. Because of its ability to pool water, Epsom salt is sometimes used […]

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Vinegar And Horses: What’s It Used For, And Does Science Back It Up?

Apple cider vinegar is the natural remedy of choice for many horsemen, even if science doesn’t support many of its purported benefits. Vinegar has been used medicinally for thousands of years, all the way back to the father of medicine, Hippocrates, who disinfected wounds with it, among other uses. Vinegar is a natural antifungal, antimicrobial, […]

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What A Pain: Hoof Abscesses A Common Frustration For Horses In All Life Stages

Classic Empire is the latest in a long line of horses to miss training or skip a race due to a hoof abscess. Hoof abscesses are relatively common and seem to impact a horse on the trail for a classic race every year. California Chrome, Melatonin, Shared Belief, Game On Dude, and Texas Red have […]

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Bellocq Vs. Sharp: ‘Equicizer Race’ Benefits Retired Racehorse Project

The Retired Racehorse Project is proud to announce that its “Hoedown at Hagyard” event, held in conjunction with the Rolex 3-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park, successfully raised over $12,000 for the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover. “It was billed as getting a bunch of racehorse people and a bunch of eventers together, who all love […]

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Straight From The Farrier’s Mouth: The Best Products For Your Horse’s Feet

Everyone has their favorite products for keeping their horses’ feet clean, healthy and strong, but with the literally thousands of supplements, polishes, paints, and other products, how do we really know what is better than the rest? Notable farriers, including Ric Redden, Bryan Frayley, Steve Norman, Michael Wildenstein, and others weighed in on a wide […]

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UDPATED: Love Me Only Trial Enters Final Day

The lawsuit by Frank and Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm against Coolmore Stud partners, Ashford Stud and Eaton Sales over the disputed sale of $2.1 million mare Love Me Only at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale will go to a jury on Tuesday after more than five days of testimony and nearly 25 witnesses. The […]

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McDonald: Love Me Only Was ‘Ouchy,’ Not Lame

Eaton Sales owner Reiley McDonald held his ground on the witness stand Wednesday against persistent questioning on medication and breeding records in a lawsuit filed by Frank and Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm over the disputed $2.1-million sale of the 3-year-old filly Love Me Only at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. McDonald, along with […]

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