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Claire’s Nasty Hoofies

Claire’s Nasty Hoofies

We just finished trimming Claire’s hooves today. She’s the one with hoof canker……..real bad stuff… It’s most probably incurable. It most probably is her death knell. *****Equine Hoof Canker***** It’s not communicable… It’s just poor ole’ Claire’s problem…….in all four hooves. …..Hoof Canker is a nasty anaerobic organism……. I know I’ve said this before, but she so reminds me of Boxer from the book “Animal Farm”….. *****Boxer~~~The Work Horse***** …..he was the work horse that worked so hard supporting the…

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Mani/Pedi Time…….

Mani/Pedi Time…….

Our skinny, young farrier came this morning… His belt buckle still out-weighs him… I hope he hasn’t gotten into chewing tobacco yet… Normally that’s a must with blacksmiths & farriers here in the South… You can see the faded “ring” on the back pocket of their jeans where the Skol or Copenhagen can has left its mark… (being involved in sports medicine…….I just don’t get chewing tobacco…….our vet, Stevie Wonder does too…….I just don’t get it) But poor ole’ Claire…

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The Shoeing Stock Is In Place………………………..(or is it?)

The Shoeing Stock Is In Place………………………..(or is it?)

  Today we moved the horses’ shoeing stock inside the barn and out of the weather. I would have done it myself…………………but some good sensible logic stepped in (temporarily) and I asked my good friend (who’s a ranch manager) to come over and help with the tractor-tactical-movement of the wooden/monstrosity of a shoeing stock to it’s permanent home inside the barn. I really don’t want to have to move that thing anymore…………. It’s already got major mileage on it since…

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Claire’s Shoeing Stock—–Revisited—–Again.

Claire’s Shoeing Stock—–Revisited—–Again.

  The shoeing stock has been refurbished. It is almost completely set up with appropriate hardware and straps.   The dimensional lumber that I ordered and picked up has been used to replace the old, dry-rotted boards.   It really does look like something out of a dungeon from the Spanish Inquisition. I still need to contact an Amish hardware in Ohio for the necessary straps for securing the hooves to the support posts… Plus I believe I need either…

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The Unsuspecting Farrier

The Unsuspecting Farrier

I should feel bad. I do feel bad.   I even offered to buy our young blacksmith a back brace. He’s so young…     He’s more fragile than he thinks…   My girls (the Clydesdales) are going to snap him in two………………..Claire especially… She looks at him like he’s a match stick.   He’s one of those country-skinny guys……………..clean-cut/well-spoken/polite…………….yes, ma’am…………no, ma’am……….. ……….(Who’s this Ma’am person?)………. But, if he turns sideways, he disappears.       The most substantial thing…

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Shoeing Stock—–Re-Visited

Shoeing Stock—–Re-Visited

  We are going tomorrow to purchase a used shoeing stock! Tra!  La!   Once again……………..I don’t collect designer shoes…….no Prada…….no Saint Laurent…….no Chanel………no Burberry.         Well, maybe Burberry.   I like their boots.  Fashionably serviceable. Very agro-equestrian……………..but still too expensive………………I’ll look for knock-offs. I’m really looking forward to getting a horse shoeing stock for Claire. There’s something fundamentally wrong with me at the core………. I know this because…………collecting bits & bridles is more fun for me…

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In Search Of A Shoeing Stock

In Search Of A Shoeing Stock

  What is a shoeing stock? Good Question! Remember the cold metal things in the old department store shoe sections? The aluminum ones with black paint, that you had to step on with stocking feet and the “shoe person” would check the length of your foot along with its width with the sliding metal tab-thingies?   I remember Carlisle’s Department Store in Painesville, Ohio.  There was a Kresge’s then too……………….ancient history. Going to Carlisle’s was an up-scale pilgrimage.    …

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New Blacksmith

New Blacksmith

  Draft horses aren’t popular with blacksmiths or farriers. Bane is probably too strong a word.  But something pretty close to that.         They are just so big and heavy.  And some of them are leaners.       Blacksmiths can make a good living never having to shoe a draft horse.  Paso Finos and Mini Ponies need shoes too, and they are so much easier on a blacksmith’s back.       What you want is…

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