For those readers who have been to the Hawaiian islands, are there any hotels, activities, or locations you can recommend? I'm planning a trip in celebration of my and my husband's silver anniversary. I went to Hawaii and Oahu when I was 12 years old, and yesterday I dug through scrapbooks and slides in search of the locations I most fondly remember, so that I could be sure to go there again. We are definitely going on a horseback ride while there. Never fear.
Also, a reminder to all horse owners: I saw my farrier today and he let me know that he recently cut back on his clientele. He's getting older and stiffer and can no longer keep fighting ornery horses, so he let several clients know that he won't working with their horses anymore. He said the biggest problem are the horse owners who don't handle their horses enough for them to be calm during trims. He also notices if people take his advice or not, and those who don't, lost their farrier. He said two other barefoot farriers in our area are out of business -- one to back surgery and the other because a horse broke her leg in three places.
So, if you've got difficult horses, please do us all a favor and hire a trainer to prepare them for hoof work. The rest of us don't want to lose our farriers to injuries or burnout.
Thanks in advance for the Hawaii recommendations.