It's soooooooooooooooo wonderful having a barefoot trimmer whose talent, hard work and knowledge is seen thru your horse's hooves.
Cliff came to trim yesterday, and has been working on Laz since March 19th (two weeks after Laz was supposed to be put down) and with each trim, Lazarus shows so much comfort and improvement.
We got so lucky.
Cliff showed me some real positive changes in his hooves.
Seen more in his front two and rear left, but they are starting to widen, and the concave cupped sole is appearing which indicates a healthy foot.
The left rear is more challenged but totally holding it's own and changing for the better.
Oh, and he saw no more thrush! :)
Laz was awesome, calm and nibbling at Cliff.
Stealing his hat, pulling at his chap's fringe.
The neighbors started up their annoying bog mud riding Jeep thing, and the BO was weed whipping but even through all that, Laz was good. It was a lot of noise that typically would maybe upset him, but Laz has been proving his adaptive nature and handled it very well.
Toward the end, he started chewing and becoming impatient and dropped his back leg on Cliff (not on him, but slammed it down)...oops but Cliff took it all in stride and just laughed it off.
The right rear..still funky as ever, but showing strength and growth.
Cliff thinks that for 4 months of trimming, Laz is doing exceptional.
Both Laz and I think that Cliff is exceptional.
He is so patient with my questions and wanting to understand and helpful with Laz's health and even permitted us to open his paddock up into a small private pasture for a few hours a day to graze along side the other horses. He'll still be by himself, which Laz has been great with, but he has his 'herd' (the BO's horses) right over the fence line.
After his trim, I hosed him off, groomed him, washed out his itchy spots and then we hand walked for about 20 minutes which he did awesome.
He even playfully snaked his neck and picked up a little trot so I trotted alongside him for the length of the arena and seemed he felt really good.
It's so wonderful to feel like we keep moving forward in his healing.
From Oct to early March, it was nothing but set backs after set backs (not to mention bills after bills)...this method seems to be our winning combination.