Friday, 18 April 2014

Heel first demo by Pete

 Couldn't resist posting these superb photos of Pete, who went home in February. I've been kindly given permission to post them here by Diane Ashford at Paws and Pose Photography (her Facebook page is here) and I thought they made a perfect post for the Easter weekend.
I absolutely love this shot  - what a fantastic partnership and what a gorgeous setting. And just to remind you, this is how Pete landed when he arrived here in his shoes back in December last year...
Happy Easter everyone, enjoy the sunshine and I hope you all have as much fun as these two over the next few days!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

RRR 2014 goes LIVE!

Exciting news from Krista  - yes the RRR 2014 website is now live, open and ready for bookings :-)
The site is here: and its looking great - huge thanks to Krista for pulling it out of the bag once again!
We had such a blast last year - those of us who were there are already looking forward to getting together again and there will also be plenty of new faces as well. 
We're also having an "open day" on Saturday afternoon for anyone who is interested in coming along, meeting us and the horses and finding out more about barefoot and rehab - no doubt there will be plenty of tea and cake consumed then as well - so if you'd like to come to that or to the whole event just get on the website
We have space for only 30 horses (if you bring your horse you also automatically get your camping place) and numbers for the open day are also limited. 
There are loos and showers on site and there may be the option of staying in caravans if there is enough interest  - the RRR Facebook page is a good place to go for updates on this and practicalities like transport.
The cost is discounted til the end of July (the open day is free, we just need your name and contact details) so its worth booking before then if you can. 
 See you there :-)

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dressage, XC, endurance...

...the ex-rehabs can do it all! More fab updates came in over the weekend along with some cracking photos and proof if proof were needed of the multi-disciplinary talent which can be found amongst the former rehab horses!  
 Here is Lucy (who was here in 2011) competing BE with Amanda and absolutely flying. I always had a feeling that she would be an incredible event horse and its great to see that promise being fulfilled!
Krista and Buddy are also doing brilliantly and looking amazingly elegant. I think this could be a very exciting year for these two!
Last of the photos, and here is dear Ginger (whom I blogged about last week as well), aged 21 and obviously feeling extremely well, bless him. 

Finally but without pics, great news on Paddy (who was here last year and also had a kissing spine op) who competed in a 20 mile endurance ride at the weekend, apparently trotting and cantering most of the way and finishing with a heart rate of 42bpm. Well done everyone and keep up the good work :-)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Brigitte's big day

Last week saw a red letter day for Brigitte, who has been here longer than most rehab horses but who had found it incredibly difficult to improve how she was landing in front.
However after all sorts of ups and downs she finally has a consistent heel first landing on all four feet - thank goodness! 
Its taken much longer for her than for most horses so its fantastic to see her at last engaging the back of her feet. 
And here is how they look now (below) compared to when she first arrived. 
Quite a change, I hope you will agree, and no trimming required. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Clementina's 3 week update

Clementina has been here for 3 weeks - so naturally its time for an update. She arrived from Gloucestershire and had come out of shoes 5 months previously - her original post is here
Her landing was adequate when we first filmed her and it enabled us to work her immediately on tougher surfaces. Although her toe is still long, if you compare her heels and the back of her foot today the improvement is clear.
The most noticeable changes in her sole shots are the straighter and stronger bars and healthier sole.  

Similar changes are evident on her RF - again the long toe needs to come back and that should start to happen over the next few weeks. 

More on Clementina soon!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Rehabs old and young...and fingers crossed...

As well as Dillon's great pics which I posted yesterday, this lovely photo of Sarah and Ruby went up on Facebook. Ruby was here last year and its great to see her and Sarah out having fun. Ruby was only 6 when she came here and had been lame for 2 years but she is clearly now making up for lost time. 
At the other end of the age spectrum, I had a great email from Danielle, who has Ginger - a rehab horse who arrived here one snowy day in 2010 when he was aged 17, so he must now be 21. Despite his age he has been an amazing success story (there are some lovely photos of him on this post from 2012) and his continuing joie de vivre and fitness are a credit to Danielle.

"I went to a charity ride yesterday...and my friend took Ginger, it was 10 miles and he loved it!...He asked me why Ginger never had shoes on when I got him off the wagon to do the 10 mile ride haha x The ride made me realise just how lucky I am to still have Ginger around"
Finally, fingers crossed and lots of good wishes and blog good vibes for Kate and Rolie, please, who are competing at the Dressage Winter Nationals today - what a fantastic achievement! We will all be thinking of you and wishing you all the luck in the world :-)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Can you recognise this horse?

 Lovely photos came in at the weekend from Nicky, who had been out competing with her boy. He was a rehab here nearly 3 years ago and became famous on the blog because of his wacky remedial shoes - which had sadly not improved his lameness at all.
Now back at home since 2011 he and Nicky have gone from strength to strength and I am so proud of what they have achieved together.
The icing on the cake of for both of them I think was when the dressage judge recognised this and commented simply "Super partnership". It says it all, and its fantastic to see. 
Well done both of you - I know you are a real inspiration to a lot of people :-)

PS: For those who haven't guessed - he is of course "Dillon with the wedges"...More on him here for new arrivals!