Dr. Bob Womack, a grand Tennessee Gentleman and Tennessee Walking Horse lover

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you might enjoy this blog by Rhonda Lane. There are comments also of interest. I used Dr. Womack’s book “Echo of Hoofbeats” for a lot of Tennessee Walking Horse history, and also history of soring in my book: “The Horse That Wouldn’t Trot.

I talked to Dr. Womack while I was writing my book and got permission to use his information. Soring is still a very “sore subject” in the walking horse world, and so far efforts to STOP it have failed, but many keep working.  My memoir book is my effort to help by telling true stories, but not dwelling at nauseum about the subject.



The Horse That Wouldn’t Trot book review by Heidi Thomas

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please check out the fabulous review (fab because it really shares what the book is about, as well as the fact she liked it!)

I met Heidi through the Equinest


where an interview with me about the book was posted. She is an editor and edited my second book: “Mules, Mules and More Mules: The Adventures and Misadventures of a First Time Mule Owner”

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Riding Helmets Can Save Your Head!

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Ever since I had a bad fall from my horse in 2004, I have worn a riding helmet…except for one time, and wouldn’t you know it, I had a fall from my horse that did hurt my head. I read that after a fall you should replace your helmet, but this following article shows why. PLEASE everyone, wear a riding helmet!

Oliver Townend’s Champion helmet did its job by absorbing the force from his fall at Rolex.

After Oliver Townend’s fall at Rolex, his inflatable vest was widely attributed for saving him from more serious injury.
Now it seems like his helmet should be getting the credit for protecting him. According to an article on the U.K. website Horsemart:
Oliver sent the Champion Ventair helmet that he was wearing at Kentucky back to the Champion factory in Cardiff, so that their technical experts could evaluate the extent of the damage. While the internal damage was described as ‘extensive’, on the outside the only evidence of damage to the helmet is a slight scuff mark. When the hat was stripped apart at the Champion factory, however, the shock absorbing polystyrene liner of Oliver’s damaged helmet was shown to have been crushed at the front left side down to 11mm, while the pictures taken of the stripped helmet also clearly show a crack on the opposite side where the liner has been crushed to 17mm. A new undamaged liner is approx 21mm at these points, a difference of up to 10mm. Further examination of the helmet also showed a large indent in the rear left lower side of the liner, which technical experts believe was made by the impact with the log, with measurements showing the liner had been crushed at this point to 13mm, which compares again to the 21mm thickness of a new liner.

If you needed a reason why you should replace your helmet after a fall where you hit your head, this should convince you. Perhaps all top riders should have their helmets tested and let the results be published. It might convince a few skeptics that it’s better to have your helmet absorb the force of a fall than your head.

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