Alana Weir has been an equine dentist for nine years. She was the first woman to graduate as an equine dentist after completing the course at TAFE in New South Wales. Just like Shannon Smith, the farrier, Alana regularly visits HorsePower Riding Academy to treat both Sandie’s HorsePower Riding Academy (HPRA) and agistees’ horses and ponies.
Horses have teeth at the front, which you have probably seen. It is possible to estimate the age of a horse from its teeth. Then there is a gap – where the bit of a bridle goes. Behind that are the molar teeth, which go quite a long way back into the jaw. The front teeth tear off grass, and the teeth at the back chew and grind the feed the horses eat.
Sandie Gleeson arranges for farrier Shannon Smith to make regular visits to HorsePower Riding Academy to care for the hoofs of riding school and agisted horses. This may mean just trimming and inspection of hoof health but usually also includes shoeing the horses.
I’ve watched Shannon work at HPRA a few times now and I admire how calmly and efficiently he works.
Parts of a horse’s feet are very sensitive but the hoof walls are not sensitive to pain and the horses feel no pain when they are being shod by a skilled and experienced farrier like Shannon. In the following photos, notice how calm and relaxed the horses are as Shannon works with them.
In this section of the HorsePower Riding Academy (HPRA) website, from time to time we will show examples of horse care as they happen at HPRA.
There are many books and web articles which offer a comprehensive guide to horse care. We will not endeavour to do that here. But we do want to share with you some examples of horse care as they happen at HPRA.
There may be posts about the general work that goes into ensuring horses’ good health and wellbeing, and about keeping the property in optimal condition for horses. We will also show you the work of some of the experts who provide services at HPRA: farrier, equine dentist, chiropractor and equine presentation specialist.
The last camp of the September/October 2016 school holidays is on now. The next camps will be held over the summer school holidays. Details will be on this website closer to the time.
Meanwhile take a look at how much fun the riders had today in the jumping session, before heading off in the afternoon on a riding race challenge, where they have to find hidden hints to find the prize. They will go home tomorrow, happy and tired from a fantastic camp. Continue reading How good are Sandie’s HPRA holiday riding camps….→
Friday 30 September was the last day of the three-day camp held last week. In the morning, the camp attendees decorated their ponies with paint and by plaiting their manes. Then there was a morning gymkhana, with riders practising their skills by riding around different competition courses and trying to be fastest back to the starting point. Competitions were mostly two riders at a time, which meant ponies and riders could be matched for experience. For those who weren’t yet confident enough, they were either led with a lead rope or followed a more experienced rider. This enabled everyone to enjoy the gymkhana at their own level. Continue reading A great three-day camp→