Thursday, June 29, 2006

Good Kid -- Good Season

Monday, June 12, 2006

Heeler Pups!!!

Right now they look more like Guinea Pigs than Heelers, Queensland Heelers, Australian Cattle Dogs, or whatever term you use for good dogs, but they're beginning to get their color and looking less and less like gelatinous blobs. I figure it will be about seven or eight weeks before they're ready to travel; by then, they will have had their puppy shots and a round or two of dewormer. There are seven of them--four males (3 red, 1 blue) and three females (2 red, 1 blue)--$80 each. Place your order now!

Update: 3 males & 1 female left... all reds. Ryan Clark reserved a blue female; Steve Sermersheim reserved a red female; Brian Beasley reserved a blue male.

photo credit: iHorseshoe

Sunday, June 11, 2006

More Natural Balance Complaining...

I consider Gene Ovnicek to be a good friend, and I admire his efforts, his work, his knowledge, and his integrity. We need more people like Gene in this profession, people who are innovative and passionate about improving farriery. But I just can't stand his shoes! Easing breakover is one of the key concepts that drives this design, but I don't buy it. Look at where the breakover is in this photo. The poor horse had to fight against the design of these shoes to build his true breakover into the lateral toe; thankfully, they were aluminum, and he could get it worn in before the last week of the shoeing cycle. But it gets back to one of my many pet peeves.... In the process of easing or facilitating breakover, we are always going to end up orienting and directing that breakover. Subsequently, if we get it in the wrong spot, we're not easing breakover at all; in fact, we're more than likely delaying breakover, and we're more than likely creating stress and strain as well. That's the problem with NBS shoes, and it's the problem with the way the majority of people apply rockered toes....

photo credit: iHorseshoe