If you ask what is the most influential horse in Thoroughbred racing, you’ll likely to hear names such as Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Man o’ War or War Admiral. The distinction, though, rests with a horse that isn’t exactly a household name.
Doug Figgs has to stretch in the morning. It helps loosen him up for a full day of shoeing horses. Or maybe for a day tending to his cattle. Possibly for a day of traveling capped off with an evening performance. Regardless, there's a big day ahead.
The famous racehorse Phar Lap had a pair of horseshoes sell at a recent auction for $A25,000, or $17,293.60 in United States currency. They were sold in a frame along with a 1931 photo of the horse with jockey Billy Elliot in the saddle.
About 20 seconds into the 2018 Belmont Stakes, Justify took the lead and never looked back, locking up the Triple Crown. The next month, the 3-year-old retired from racing with only 6 starts — and 6 wins — to his name.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has issued her second statement in as many months calling for a halting of horse racing at Santa Anita Race Track after the death of another horse. Kochees, which died on May 26, was the third horse to die in a span of nine 9 days at the track, and the 26th since December Dec. 26, 2018.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
Missouri Association of Professional Farriers will host its Winter Clinic and Meeting on Dec. 10-11, 2021, at JR’s Equine Spa & Retreat in Pleasant Hope, Mo. The clinicians are Chris Gregory and Mike Norris.
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