I’ve always allowed myself to be pushed forward through life by what doors open next.
I’d hoped that I could help horse people feed their horses better through customized programs. I found that was very hit or miss and I’m no longer providing that service. Mostly I comment on FB groups that horses need forage. Forage, forage, forage. And I let it go, in part because the word is getting out and people are realizing that their horses don’t need to be fed by Purina.
It’s a good thing.
I’ve felt a strong pull to be present on my own farm more. Not just physically but mentally. More intimately involved with my own horses, friends and family.
Slowly, without really realizing it, I restructured my work with horses to focus around bringing them here for rehab and working closely with local owners and trainers on their own horses. Recently I’ve had a string of school horses all go barefoot and sound; much to their owner/trainer’s delight. So the fun has gotten closer to home than further away, not exactly what the age of the internet projected.
Right now there’s a steady stream of horses coming and going, along with my long term boarders and my personal horses. I still have Love and he’s completely sound and in steady work. He wears four shoes, a fact I like to point out to people who are barefoot fanatics. He needs a minor palmer angle correction behind and he dislikes any lack of traction up front on grass. So he’s got shoes. Turns out he’s quite talented and he may be going off to somewhere more upscale to be sold as a happy happy hunter… we’ll see. In the meantime I’m enjoying him.
The biggest upswing of Love being in shoes may be that I’ve gotten to work closer with my farrier and the group of farriers HE works with. It’s been fantastic and highly educational. I think I learn more from them than they do from me but our conversations are always lively. I’ll be heading to the big farriers convention this January because hey.. why not? I’ll learn more things.
The one thing that hasn’t changed is that I still feel the need to help people understand horses. I’m still on that road. I’ve had some things happen recently that I’m going to write here about in hopes that they help other people understand their horses. The focus will probably stay on OTTB’s and TB’s in general although there will be things that apply to all horses.
So stay tuned. I’m excited about it all and hope you will be, too.