The Beautiful Bourbeuse River and Relaxing

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Some day I would love to publish a book of Bourbeuse River pictures from the beginning to the end. I love the Bourbeuse.  The last couple of weekends it was very good at delivering catfish for the freezer.  I bet they will taste real fine about January.  When on the river I get lost in God’s beautiful creation.  The river has been low this year but like they say  a bad on the river is better than a good day on the job.  It has also produced several drum. small mouth. large mouth and spotted bass for me.  I have seen deer, turkey and lots of ducks.  A kayak or a canoe us the perfect vessel for this river.

Things Not to Say to YourFarrier

Sorry his feel are a little Muddy.

He always leans on me like that too.

I don’t understand why the shoes don’t stay on,  He was just done 12 weeks ago.

I’ve never picked his feet up but he seems gentle.

It doesn’t look like he is leaning from here.

Can we shoe him in the arena?  When he rears in here he hits his head on the ceiling.

if my shoers ribs weren’t broken he could have shoed him.

I know it has been a long day.  That is why I saved the worst for last.

No he has never been shod before.  Nobody can pick up his feet.

I know he doesn’t stand but he is good on the trails.

Just shoe the hinds I will shoe the front.

Do you charge less for minis?

Now for a little cowboy wisdom.

Don’t squat with your spurs on.

What Have We Done

As a farrier I get a lot of windshield time. One of the things that amazes me is what we have done to quarter horses through breeding. I dream of the quarters of yesteryear. The horses with big bone, good feet and built to do their job. I see halter bred horses that go 1400 pounds and 16 hands with 00 feet. They should be in at least a size 3. Why have we bred these horses that way?
We breed good stallions to crooked legged, cow hocked mares and expect to get well conformed foals. I have seen ill mannered mares bred in hopes of getting color. I could go on all day but I think you get the picture. Then we wonder why there are so many unwanted horses.
Breeders really need to start thinking about what they are doing. Start using good breeding practices and restore all the good characteristics that were found in the old foundation horses. I shod a 10 year old gelding the other day that was 15 hands and actually took a size 2 shoe (most horses that size wear an 0 size shoe) and he had big bone. Kind of sad he has been gelded.
Think of the horse like a house. You need a good foundation to build the house on or you are going to have a lot of problems. I think that is why we have so many injuries in horses today.
Hopefully the quarter horse breeders will wake up and start breeding to bring back the foundation quarter horse characteristics to the breed. That is my hope any way. Just my two cents worth.