Warwick Trail and Endurance Horse Riders Club president Justin Brickley with a stone removed from the hoof of one horse on the ride.
Warwick Trail and Endurance Horse Riders Club president Justin Brickley with a stone removed from the hoof of one horse on the ride. Gerard Walsh

Stone surprises experienced riders

JUSTIN Brickley has been around horses all his life and it wasn’t until Sunday that he saw a 10cm diameter stone caught in the hoof of a horse.

The Warwick Trail and Endurance Horse Riders Club president had the job of removing the stone at the annual Maryvale Endurance Ride.

“It was in the off side hind leg and wedged across the back of the shoe,” he said.

“I got it out with a claw hammer.”

He wasn’t the only one surprised by the huge size of the stone.

Experienced endurance riders Ken Gordon, of Haden, and long-serving Warwick club official Kev Thumpkin have seen a few stones get caught in hooves, but not the size of the one on Sunday.

The horse picked up the stone on the first leg of the ride from Maryvale to Freestone across the mountains.



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