Yippee! Again a wonderful visit to Norway. This time it was a competition trip. The Norwegian Championships is a nice, well organized competition. Tretten, where the competition is located is a beautiful area, facilities for the competition and accomodation are working, the food is good and the hospitability of Norwegians makes the most out of everything. And I was more than happy to meet again all the friends and of course meet lots of new nice people
On this trip all the excitment didn’t end into Norway. In Finland on the way back to home was a hoof keratoma case waiting and I got the advantage to follow the operation and got some photos of it. Some are included in this post, too.
But first to Norway. I was taking part in division 2. I wasn’t happy with two first classes, once again I couldn’t control my mind and I made lots worse than I know I could have done, so I was a bit disappointed. But then in the final class I could keep my mind in control and I had the same feeling as working at home, not in a too hurry and panicked. I was just doing my job. The final class went then overall well compared to that I hadn’t really practiced a lot. In the final class had to be done a navicular shoe and shoe one foot with a shoe made of concave iron.
The navicular shoe was the 3rd best in the class even though I hadn’t time to finish it or check the nailholes or even check if the the shoe was level.. I think I had some good luck With the shoeing I was happy. Of course there is always lots to be done better, but overall I felt the shoeing was good for the horse and that’s for me the main point. In the shoeing I was worried about measuring the length of steel because I have made only couple of shoes of concave iron before, but the measuring was just fine and the fitting of the shoe was good.
The winners: Division 1: Petter Spilling, Division 2: Ådne Sæterøy, Division 3 Katinka Ødegaard
More results and points can be checked from hestoghov.no
Congratulations for the winners and thanks for all the organizers and sponsors, this is a competition I really wish to visit every year!
A Magician! Åsne’s shoe is levitating.
On Thursday evening judges Petter Spilling and Tobias Villsen gave a clinic. They showed how they make the shoes and shoeing the competitors were supposed to do in the final classes next day.
Look at the faces: “Oh no, now something is not correct. Maybe we should stop drinking beer and smoking and concentrate a bit..” I love photos you get just at the right moment, I can assure you Tobias knew what he was doing but here everything lookes like the opposite
At least Karl could leave his beer for a while to grab the foot. But be careful never to leave the beer too far away!
Who said women can’t shoe or forge? Look at these prizegiving pictures.. Hooray Katinka, Åsne and Siv!
The competitors have a tough job to do, but the staff taking care of the horses have it even more so. Hours just hanging around has to be spent somehow.
It’s time for Tommi to read the manual before the final class. “How to shoe a horse”
Daniel Evensen’s shoeing in the Division 1 final class got most points. Absolutely beautiful!
Beside the shoeing competition in Stav, there is other horse activity, too. Here is going on a show of the pulling skills of a Døle horse.
An then back to Finland!
The Finnish team arrived by boat this morning and there was something interesting immediately waiting for us. In Turku, where the ship arrived, was a hoof keratoma case. Jaakko Granström operates several keratomas a year, so he had work to do and I got some photos of the operation
The horse is anesthetized during the operation. The keratoma was found from the toe. The horse had been more or less lame for longer period already and now the keratoma was detected from x-rays. There was to be seen a clear hole on the coffin bone, caused by the keratoma.
The keratoma is cut away. In the middle can be seen the round hole on the coffin bone. After this the wound is treated and bandaged daily and if the treatment is done carefully and everything goes well, the wound will dry quite quickly. After that the horse can be shod and in some months new hoof has grown and no mark of the operation can be seen anymore.
The keratoma is the triangle in the middle of the piece. Not very big, but it was already disturbing the horse.