The Vice Squad

What are stable vices? How do they start? Can they be stopped? Have a watch and find out – and then leave a comment to tell me what your solutions are!

Racing at Longchamp

3ème, Classe 4 — 16/05/2024 17h48, PARISLONGCHAMP
PLAT , 1.400 mètres , Corde à DROIT

Pour chevaux entiers, hongres et juments de 4 ans et au-dessus ayant une valeur inférieure ou égale à 30 k. Poids : 56 k. Les chevaux ayant depuis le 16 novembre 2023 inclus reçu une allocation de 3.500 porteront 1 k. ; une allocation de 6.000 ou plusieurs allocations de 3.500, 2 k. ; une allocation de 8.000 ou plusieurs allocations de 6.000, 3 k.

MORHIB wins the Prix de la PINEDE

9ème(P/ 3525), Classe 3 — 03/05/2024 17h45, FONTAINEBLEAU

PLAT, 1800 mètres , Corde à GAUCHE , Terrain TR SOUPLE (4,0 )

Good boy, Morhib!! An easy winner in Fontainebleau. What a nice horse. He deserved to win last time out, so he got his due today. No luck for Cruella, who finished behind him, but we have a plan to change strategy for her next time out. Stay tuned.

Pour chevaux entiers, hongres et juments de 4 ans et au-dessus.
Seront qualifiés dans cette épreuve, les chevaux auxquels le handicapeur aura attribué une valeur inférieure ou égale à 29 k.


I have to say I’m not ready yet to go galloping off on a racehorse with a bitless bridle just yet, but William Micklem did inspire me to take a (calm!) test ride with one a couple of weeks ago.

I’m still a fan of a simple snaffle to do what we need to do, but I can see why this might be an option for a horse with a sore mouth or a tooth issue.

Have a look and tell me what you think!

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Something new under the sun?

There is no end to the messing around people have tried to do with horseshoes, always trying to come up with something nobody’s though of yet that helps improve absorbing shock and improving foot comfort. Most of these efforts don’t amount to much, mostly because horses have been galloping around on their feet forever and anything we try to do just seems to screw things up.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a barefoot advocate by any means, but we do need to be very careful when choosing shoes for our athletes. So I was quite skeptical when all of England seemed abuzz about the new Equishox shoe, a rubber-coated aluminum racing plate.

My first impression was a big “no,” because it appeared to me that the tread on the shoe would stop the natural slide of the foot, which is necessary to avoid injuries. Nothing is worse for horses’ legs than toe-grabs or crampons, and neither of those things are allowed in racing in France, thankfully. But my ears perked up when the inventors claimed these shoes could minimize injuries in horses who tend to knock into their own legs galloping.

We have a specialist at that, so I decided the shoe might be worth a try. So we are trying them. Jury’s out, but this could be interesting!

Jack O’Boy wins again!

Jack O’Boy(Anodin) comes up with the goods at Longchamp – again! Drawn in gate 15, he did what he does: Ran the race he wanted to run. They went off a little too quick for him, so he relaxed an waited for a chance in the stretch. He was second the last two times over this same course, so it’s nice to see him get the win today. Thank you to his owners, our team, and our farrier, who has done wonders for this horse!

It was a good day at the office

Today in Compiegne we came away with excellent results. Six-year-old Crisalsa showed that he could still do it taking the win in his mile handicap for horses four-years-old and older.

Running on holding turf, the gelding came out on top of the 14 runner field. Stephane Pasquier, his long-time jockey came out ahead of the field in the stretch perfectly.

Cruella de Vil was not to be out done, as she came second in her race, The five-year-old mare handled all but one of the field of 18 runners in this mile handicap.

Although he didn’t take a check this day, Ak Ishan(Recorder) continued to show his improvement finishing sixth in his mile-and-a-half handicap for four-year-old horses. We’re looking for good things from him this year.