Guest Blog from Rob Logsdon of FPD
The Red Mile in Lexington, KY has long been referred to as “The World’s Fastest Harness Track.” Established in 1875, this track is the second oldest harness track in the world and holds many world record times. Many Standardbred horses have achieved their personal best times on the soft, but fast, red clay surface. Every surface presents different challenges for the farriers of these marvelous equine athletes. Recently, during the Red Mile’s Grand Circuit race meet, I was able to spend the afternoon with farrier Tim Cable, APF and discuss the particular challenges of the Red Mile.
Tim is a third generation farrier with many relatives who are farriers, as well. It’s always a pleasure to watch him work. His horsemanship, skill and attention to detail are why he works for such clients as top stable, Lindy Farms and top trainer, Chris Oakes.
We began the morning watching the training of some of the horses Tim would be shoeing later in the day. Tim evaluated the movement of each horse during the training; looking for clues for what he could possibly do to help the horse.
Afterwards, we worked our way to the blacksmith shop where Tim works. Tequila Monday, one of the top 3 year old pacing fillies, was waiting to be fitted with her new Kerckhaert shoes. Tim fitted her nicely with a leather wedge pad and Kerckhaert Half Swedge hind shoes.
I wish the best of luck to Tequila Monday, trainer Chris Oakes and Lindy Farms during the Grand Circuit Meet and safe travels throughout the year. Big thanks to Tim Cable for the photos and video clips.