I haven’t spoken of Sam’s foot in a while, not since the wound closed up in June and I quit treating it. A reader asked if I had recent pictures, I just happened to have taken some the other day! The battle has been giving him enough support at his heel while the hoof itself grows back. It was June when I stopped treating it with Equiaid. Here it is December it still doesn’t look totally normal, and it probably never will. But through amazing attentiveness from my farrier, an aggressive supplement regime, and the careful selection and application of specific to the status of the hoof wall oils and hardeners, we have getting-there-healthy feet, read: we don’t walk out of them every day and they don’t feel like butter to drive a nail through. Hooray!
He’s in a balance that I’ve never felt from him before. It seems as though he is moving more freely than I recall from years past and is miles different from how he felt during our first day of attempting trotting on the hills by the farm (sad). We are still being diligent with shoeing, massaging, and oiling, and my farrier has started building a clay hoof wall where he had his injury in order give him a bit more heel, thus more balance. I’m amazed and grateful for all the support!
Sam has extra hoof wall built up on his heel with a clay-type substance. You can kind of see it on the far right.
I finally got around to finishing The Menagerie page. Click here or get there from the menu bar. Meet the whole crew!
One of my favorite magazine projects this year was “Eventing in the Digital Age.” I explored using social and digital media as a progressive component of running a business in Part 1, and Part 2 covered using technology for training, including GPS and virtual course walks. Everyone I interviewed was really enthusiastic about the piece, and I barely scratched the surface of the topic.
I was hoping to receive some dialogue from readers about their own experiences eventing in the digital age, but both pieces wound up getting great publicity through various outlets online. SUCCESS!
If you haven’t seen the articles yet, check them out below. Both layouts are by the lovely Hannah Bennett (I adore the matrixy/motherboard background!), and the adorable pixilated ponies were created by Josh Walker.
Eventing in the Digital Age
Part 1: Digital and Social Media
Eventing in the Digital Age
Part 2: Using Technology for Training
You guys! In July I announced down at Chattahoochee Hills and the course designer, Hugh, and the organizer, JJ, were kind enough to sit down with me before the competitor party and chat about AEC and hosting a horse trials in the summer time in Georgia. We were all glistening from heat, and obviously my video camera skills are less than perfect. So it goes. Enjoy!
…is pretty sweet. Last weekend, I took my first trip to the Green Mountain State and fell completely in love with the mountains, trees, and quaint villages in the valleys. Rivers and streams lined the winding roads and not a single billboard would be found once we crossed over the border…The air. The air was so fresh, crisp, clean, and delicious. I wanted to bottle it up and bring it home with me. Despite all the vegetation, I didn’t sneeze once. Immediately on return to ol’ NOVA, I can’t stop the sniffles…As we drove around, taking the long routes so I could see more, I kept repeating myself. There is just something about this place. The feeling, the people, the view. What a wonderful hidden haven where to grow up, to visit, to retire. I haven’t traveled so much in my life as I would like. There are so many wonderful places to see and adore. Virginia was a good start, Vermont a wonderful follow-up. Maybe Venice next?
I interned for Mental Floss years ago, and while I don’t have too much time to read their magazines while trying to produce my own, I do subscribe to the daily Watercooler Ammo. Today’s was a gem:
“I’ve only just learned about photographer James Mollison, but I’m already a huge fan of his thought-provoking work…my favorite of his works is The Disciples -portraits of fans who gather and create a culture around various rock artists.”
I looked, and I loved! Click here and check out the photos, then be sure to watch the video projection that pans over the photo as the relative artists’ music plays. It’s chilling in a weird sudden clarity Clarence kind of way. I think the Spice Girls one is my favorite.
If you can take it, look at the Where Children Sleep Album. Not as entertaining, but just as eye-opening.
Hello! So I disappeared for a while… you probably didn’t notice. Between losing power for nearly a week, dealing with Sam and his shenanigans, and pushing two issues out the door in record time just before the plumbing at my house went kaput, things have been bananas!
This past weekend I went down to Chattahoochee Hills and announced on cross-country both days. I finished fairly early one day so I went back out to kick around cross-country and get some photos for the Eventing USA AEC preview, test a cross-country iPhone application, and create an impromptu vlog to show off my fave new feature on the Beginner Novice through Training courses. There are some kinks in the vid, I know… for instance… now I know to keep the camera landscape… and something, I’m not sure what, happened to the frame rate during rendering… but you get the idea.
Team Wallace posted a helmet cam of the course featuring the new galloping lane. It’s looks way cooler on horseback!