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2,000 years ago, horse shoes looked different!


2,000-year old Roman horse shoes were unearthed during an archeological dig in London. The shoes attached to a horse’s hooves using leather straps, making them “hipposandals” rather than actual shoes.

According to Wikipedia, the hipposandal was the predecessor of the type of nail on shoes we see today.

The hipposandal, which appears in the Celtic-Roman area north of the Alps around the mid-1st century AD,[1] was the next step in the development of hoof protection, where the sole of the boot was made of metal. It included an oval-shaped cup of thick metal that enclosed and protected the hoof, complete with a fixation system. The device was fastened to the hoof by metallic clips and leather laces. Like the Soleae Sparteae and soleae ferreae, the hipposandal increased ground adherence of draught animals,[6] thereby giving them better traction,[4] and protected the hoof on rough ground. To…

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Sitting Trot. Can you truly get it or improve it if you don’t feel it?

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If you had to describe a movement your body feels in sitting trot to a non-rider, how would you do it? If you wanted to tell them how not to bounce in sitting trot, how to stay centred and help the horse via your seat in sitting trot, how would you do it? How does your pelvis move in the saddle and what part of your body absorbs the concussion?

If there is an issue with your sitting trot, if you have difficulty sitting to the movement of your horse, I recommend having a go at the above questions. If you are not sure, take a moment to think before you read further 🙂 I’ll pop another photo below to delay your reading 🙂

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How has this weather affected your horse’s hooves?


We’ve had hot, humid and often wet weather the past few weeks. This means that our horses are standing inside more often than not, that when they are outside they are standing in mud, and the bottom line is it hasn’t been good for their hooves. Even when you clean the stalls twice a day, they are still standing in muck. Freedom has some thrush that I’m now treating and I’m redoubling my efforts to keep his feet clean and dry.

I’ve found that pelleted bedding is better at absorbing the excess moisture (i.e., urine). Do you have any tips?

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