Bingo’s Hoof Problems

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As we all know Paints don’t have the greatest of hooves and Bingo is no exception. He goes through these cycles where some summers his hooves are strong and healthy. Then out of nowhere they become soft and brittle. It’s strange to look at, they are dry and cracking on top and soft and mushy on bottom.

Bingo is not turned out during irrigation nor stands in a wet stall for any period of time. We bathe him weekly and rinse him off after riding. We also use tuff stuff once a week to help repel water. It’s like a weird genetic kinda of thing or that’s what we think. During these cycles he becomes difficult to shoe, either he loses a shoe or the challenge becomes finding a sturdy place to put a nail in to hold the shoe on. I’ve also noticed during these cycles he grows a small coat, which in Arizona most horses shed out quickly in 102+ temps.Bingo Hoof 1

I guess it’s my fault in a way, because normally I keep him on Hoof Rite and it seemed to stretch these cycles making them less often. Of course, I bought another great supplement that had everything in it, including a hoof supplement so I took him off. Not because of the expense, because I thought if he didn’t need it then why put that through his kidneys. I’m more of a naturalist by heart and try and avoid stuff unnecessary in hopes of keeping him healthier.

So , Yesterday my Farrier came out and we determined he was going through this again. Shoeing was a challenge so based on this, I plan on adding Hoof Rite back into his diet and leaving well enough alone.

I’m curious if any of you have experienced this? Have you determined what’s causing it? or what supplements work for you? I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject!


Teaching Bingo How to Bow

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Bingo is such a sweet horse with a real desire to make you happy. He has been showing western pleasure and English equitation for many years. However, that is not his favorite thing to do. Bingo would prefer to play. He loves trail courses because he has to use his mind to figure them out. He loves entertaining himself, he’s a real ham!

So, when my daughter said she was going to teach Bingo how to bow, I thought he would enjoy all the extra treats but would never actually learn to bow. I was wrong!

He loves it and it’s just one more game he gets to do before he has to really work. Bowing also helps loosen up a horse and keeps them limber.


Here’s how to teach your horse how to bow.

Start out with a treat, showing your horse what you have. Take the treat and hold it down near your horse’s knees. When he understands that he needs to look for the treat down below, start bringing the treat back so that it is in between his legs. Continue bringing it back until he needs to bend down and bow in order to reach the treat. It may take a few sessions to teach him, but if you add the voice aid to bow, he will soon learn what you want and start bowing when asked.

Learning with treats
Learning with treats











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Swirlology, The Study of Hair Swirls or Whorls in Horses

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So, I heard about the swirl from one of my daughters trainers about a year ago. She told me that our horse Bingo had a great personality and was a genital soul with above average intelligence based off this swirl. I thought she was making this up, so I would feel comfortable around Bingo. I did not realize there was so much information on this subject. It not only gives you a look into a horses personality it also tells you if they are left hoof or right hoof. Giving you an opportunity to maximize their potential.


Here is a detail article written by Charlotte Cannon at It is incredible the depth of information provided and a how well written the article is. Enjoy!!! – Full Article by Charlotte Cannon Updated 11/11/12


From the most ancient times, man has studied the world around him for signs and clues. Horses have been a huge fascination since 30,000 BC when they were first drawn on the walls of caves. Ancient students of the horse may have studied things and made conclusions that we find foolish today. But as with everything that is old and becomes new again, the study of swirls, although rarely shared insights, experiences and knowledge, has always has had its believers. Here we will uncover some of the ideas and help you better understand how they work and influence who and what your horse is and who and what he may become.
Photo from Fox Point

I have studied everything about horses in great detail from conformation – form to function; to horse personalities – which jobs suit which personality. Thinking horsemen are always striving to understand and maximize their horses more fully. Studying the swirls or whorls (trichoglyphs) of hair on a horse’s face, head and body can offer many important clues to both personality and performance. Swirls and their placement give us a greater understanding of the energy flow through the horse. By accurately reading the swirls, one can choose the horse partner that is best suited to his or her goals, or reject an unsuitable horse before time, money and emotion are invested. Swirls can lead us to a deeper understanding and acceptance of our horses… Read more here: