Seasonal changes can wreak havoc on hoof health, leaving them cracked, split, or tender.
Prime culprits include increased work, annoying flies that instigate stomping and concussion on hoof walls, and damp conditions that sometimes leave hooves too moist for too long.
Horse owners can implement a few management strategies to keep hooves in tip-top shape in the summertime. Here are four tips:
Maintain a relationship with a farrier all year long. Investing in high-quality farriery is rarely money wasted. By keeping ties with a farrier strong throughout the entire year, and not just during the riding season, he will be more likely to answer the call when a loose or lost shoe becomes an issue. (And you know it will, just before the most important ride or competition of the year!) Fair-weather clients are often given back-burner status to those that maintain hooves appropriately, no... More
Research of countless pedigrees of great racehorses reveals an unusually high percentage of top racehorses are inbred or linebred to famous mares. — Ken McLean, Tesio, Master of Matings, 1984, p. 49
When Clive Harper, a student of Harold Hampton, took his scientific training and applied it to pedigree pattern evaluation, he elevated our field of pedigree analysis into science.
Because of the variations in gene transmission, this was almost an impossible task, but Harper tested every one of the popular analysis beliefs and with controlled groups of test animals, he was able to come up with real percentages based on the statistics he derived.
There are general rules about what makes a pedigree good, such as having full or three-quarter siblings of excellent quality as a way to upgrade your horses being almost a guarantee of outstanding performance (as discussed in chapter 7). And we learned having sex-balanced linebreeding unlocks the full potential of a... More
It is difficult for us all to be truly objective about horses because we all tend to love the special horses and the breeds that come in to our lives initially, and our loyalty to them sometimes leads us astray.
Therefore because there are currently few Thoroughbreds in the sport horse world our loyalties tend to go elsewhere.
But the response to these posts suggests that there are many out there, like Martin Arnott, who would be prepared to give them a chance if they could find sufficient reasons.
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One of the most convincing reasons for most people would be that there are thoroughbreds out there with a great jump.
The breeders, myself included, who have used what some of us call “Tesio methods” have experienced improvements in our horses and sometimes a dramatic upgrade.
How else could a small noncommercial breeder with just five horses that made it to competition have three national champions?
This was at a time when I had just begun to use these principles, and I certainly was not adept at them back then (1994–2004), yet in one year, when two of those horses bred then were out competing in eventing at the same time, I was rated by the USEF as the third-highest breeder in the nation in eventing (2008).
Seriously, how could a non-commercial breeder who’d started breeding with a cull off the racetrack have designed breedings with low-priced horses that put me on a par with some of the most famous breeders in the nation?
That is why, no matter the criticisms, we, the users of Tesio methods, will not give them up—they work for us (see my book North American Sport... More
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