1 Betsy visited Friesians of Majesty in Townshend, VT.
2 Located in beautiful southern Vermont, Friesians of Majesty is a 650 acre full service breeding and training facility.
3 These are certainly noble and majestic Friesians!
4 Bev, the business manager, with Andries - Betsy rather liked this fellow.
5 She also visited Cogi Farm, a beautiful equestrian center located in the rolling countryside of Pawling, New York.
6 The stable at Cogi is very handsome.
7 The stable floor is paved in brick.
8 Artwork hanging next to the stable office door
9 Cogi offers year round boarding and riding.
10 This is Sasa - Betsy inspected him from all angles.
11 This is Cogi's massive 200' x 90' heated indoor arena.
12 Tatianna riding Sasa
13 Betsy observed with great discernment.
14 Betsy asked that the horse be taken in a serpentine figure to see how he bends.
15 Tatianna handed over the reins to Betsy.
16 Sasa seemed very curious about his new rider.
17 The test ride
18 After dismounting, Betsy was very happy with the performance.
19 A very good looking and good natured horse!
20 After the ride, Sasa is given a cooling shower
21 A few weeks later, Betsy took me to Cogi for an introduction.
22 Elizabeth Kilgallon, my large animal veterinarian, had examined Sasa and gave me a good report.
23 When he saw us approaching, Sasa came right over to say hello.
24 I liked him immediately.
25 Sasa has a new home at my farm.
26 One by one, Betsy allowed the other horses to meet and greet their new stablemate. It has been a friendly and smooth transition.
27 Sasa is very curious about his new surroundings.
28 Because he is a bit smaller in the torso than the other Friesians, Betsy was curious to know if we had a saddle that would fit properly.
29 Betsy checked to see if there was ample space where the withers, the ridge between the shoulder blades, meets the pommel.
30 Betsy was happy with the overall fit.
31 She explained to Sasa that she was about to fasten the girth.
32 With the girth in place, this saddle will work fine.
33 Before riding Sasa, he first needed a set of horseshoes and Linda Friedman, my farrier, was called to outfit him.
34 Some tools of the farrier trade
35 Because Sasa hadn't worn shoes for awhile, his hooves were quite nicked.
36 Linda works one hoof at a time. The hoof is propped up on a hoof stand, where Linda smooths the front with a file.
37 Using great finesse and caution, Linda grasped the hoof between her leather-covered legs and trimmed its underside.
38 After trimming, the file was used for smoothing and leveling.
39 A very curious Sasa
40 The shoe for that foot is heated in the forge for hot fitting. Linda, who is highly skilled, will hold the hot shoe against the prepared bottom of the hoof until it scorches it sufficiently.
41 This looks alarming but does not hurt the horse. Hot fitting indicates high spots of hoof, which still need to be removed, to make the surface of the hoof level.
42 The shoe is then reheated in the forge.
43 Heating makes the metal malleable so that it can be pounded on the anvil and modified to custom fit the hoof.
44 Linda checks the shoe after every modification.
45 A grinding wheel smooths out the edges.
46 After a complete shoeing, Betsy started riding Sasa, getting him accustomed to his new world.