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Thursday, October 23, 2008

"Women and Horses" Expo Includes Hoof Clinic with Ada Gates Patton

Those were the days: Ada Gates Patton dragged her stalljack, tool box, apron, and a horse from the Metropolitan Opera's production of Aida onto the stage of Late Night with David Letterman. Once she buckled her apron onto Letterman, they got to work nailing a shoe on the saint of a horse. This weekend, Ada will teach women to use her new hoof measuring ruler to keep records of changes in their horses' hooves.

Whe Women and Horses Expo premieres this weekend (October 24th through 26th) at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Missouri with three days of great equestrian entertainment, education and exhibitions, there will be one woman in the crowd who will be proud to be wearing an apron.

At an event like this, you'd expect demonstrations and clinics by respected horse trainers such as Julie Goodnight, Sue de Laurentis, Cheryl Childs and Donna Maye West. Entertainment from someone like Templeton Thompson, the Texas-born singer/songwriter would be a real bonus. The Women and Horses Expo will deliver three days of equestrienne-oriented programs and attractions!

But wait, there's more! Ada Gates will put her apron to good use and share information about horseshoeing and trimming with the audience.

Ada Gates Patton was the first woman in the United States and Canada to be licensed to shoe Thoroughbred race horses on the track. She shod horses for Monty Roberts at Hollywood Park and at Monty's Flag Is Up Farms during the late 70's and through the 80's. Ada has received advanced training in the Join Up methods and is currently being filmed for a DVD with Monty Roberts on hoofcare for his education series.

Ada should be quite at ease on stage; she has had more publicity than any other American farrier because of her burst through California's anvil ceiling back in the 1970s. She's been on the Today Show and old-time tv shows like "What's My Line" and "I've Got a Secret", not to mention a hilarious stint on 1980s late night television when she taught David Letterman to nail on a shoe.

Ada owns Harry Patton Horseshoeing Supplies in Monrovia, California and works on educational projects with Monty Roberts. Harry Patton was Ada's late husband, and a well-known racetrack horseshoer in California.

With Sedalia only half-a-day's drive from some of the biggest cities in the eight states bordering Missouri (and only about 375 miles from Dallas, Texas, for example!) and a region containing one of the largest horse populations in the country, the Expo is a great choice for a short weekend trip for all horsewomen in the eight state area, and a super source for holiday season shopping, with vendors offering everything for horse and rider as well as horse lovers of all ages!

© 2008 Fran Jurga and Hoofcare Publishing

2 comments:

Blueribbonone said...

Hello,

Just dropping a line about the wonderful time I had with my BLM mustang, Salt Wells Piute at the Women and Horses Expo in Sedalia, Missouri. Not only was the event really fun with many exhibitors, but a true highlight was our session with Ada Gates Patton and farrier Scott Bickly. Ms. Patton is a genuine, practical and exacting speaker. Her skill in handling and accessing horse behavior and physiology, as well as her respect for horses and people was very evident as she and Scott worked on Piute. I would imagine any farrier who could attend her demonstration at an up and coming event would greatly enjoy and benefit from seeing her presentation. The **Hoof Ruler as well as the Hoof Jack and Monte Roberts Dually Halter were also utilized. In my area of the country no farriers I am aware of use the Hoof Jack or product like it (a rebar jack or even a jack with a rigid rubber cradle would be too confining for this horse). So out of necessity I began taking care of my horses's feet myself due to his discomfort in the right shoulder if the front foot was brought out and up between the knees of a farrier. Here he was, already close to 7 when his feet were handled for the first time (by me) for several months. Thereafter, a few tense experiences with 3 sucessive farriers with that pinched shoulder in that very common farrier position and I began taking care of his feet solely myself. Piute, now close to 10 not only allowed Scott Bickly to patiently work on his feet, but he also allowed him to hold his pastern between Scott's lower calves. This is a huge compliment to Scott's skill, gentleness and respect for this horse's sensitivity and needs. At one point early on, Ms Patton used the Monte Roberts Dually Halter on Piute to get his attention and it was not long before he decided to stand relaxed on a loose rope in a concrete barn hallway to let Scott efficiently work on each front foot. I recieved my Hoof Jack yesterday and purchased Ms Patton's Ruler, instructional material and CD at the Expo. Because this ruler affords an **exacting** way to locate and mark the center of the foot and allows the foot to be measured in 4equal quadrants, the guessing or room for error is eliminated if her instructions are followed. I cannot see how every farrier, equine massage therapist and equine veterinarian should have one in their hands when accessing any horse's individual needs. The tool is just that basic and vital to exactly measure the hoof so it can be trimmed to help support the horse's weight distribution as nature's design of the hoof intended.

Highest Respect and Kind Regards to Ada Gates Patton!
Thanks again, Kim Sheppard and Pi.

Blueribbonone said...

Hello,

Just dropping a line about the wonderful time I had with my BLM mustang, Salt Wells Piute at the Women and Horses Expo in Sedalia, Missouri. Not only was the event really fun, but a true highlight of our attendance was our session with Ada Gates Patton and farrier Scott Bickly. Ms. Patton is a genuine, practical and exacting speaker. Her skill in handling and accessing horse behavior and physiology, as well as her respect for horses and people was very evident as she and Scott worked on Piute. I would imagine any farrier who could attend her demonstration at an up and coming event would greatly enjoy and benefit from seeing her presentation. The **Hoof Ruler as well as the Hoof Jack and Monte Roberts Dually Halter were also utilized. In my area of the country no farriers I am aware of use the Hoof Jack or product like it (a rebar jack or even a jack with a rigid rubber cradle would be too confining for this horse). So out of necessity I began taking care of my horses's feet myself due to his discomfort in the right shoulder if the front foot was brought out and up between the knees of a farrier. Here he was, already close to 7 when his feet were handled for the first time (by me) for several months. Thereafter, a few tense experiences with 3 sucessive farriers with that pinched shoulder in that very common farrier position and I began taking care of his feet solely myself. Piute, now close to 10 not only allowed Scott Bickly to patiently work on his feet, but he also allowed him to hold his pastern between Scott's lower calves. This is a huge compliment to Scott's skill, gentleness and respect for this horse's sensitivity and needs. At one point early on, Ms Patton used the Monte Roberts Dually Halter on Piute to get his attention and it was not long before he decided to stand relaxed on a loose rope in a concrete barn hallway to let Scott efficiently work on each front foot. I recieved my Hoof Jack yesterday and purchased Ms Patton's Ruler, instructional material and CD at the Expo. Because this ruler affords an **exacting** way to locate and mark the center of the foot and allows the foot to be measured in 4equal quadrants, the guessing or room for error is eliminated if her instructions are followed. I cannot see how every farrier, equine massage therapist and equine veterinarian should have one in their hands when accessing any horse's individual needs. The tool is just that basic and vital to exactly measure the hoof so it can be trimmed to help support the horse's weight distribution as nature's design of the hoof intended.

Highest Respect and Kind Regards to Ada Gates Patton!
Thanks again, Kim Sheppard and Pi.