I find it crazy that snowflakes are so beautiful especially when they land on our equines furried winter bear fur
Laz, after our awesome ride, noshing on his slurpee
Can I pull out the cavaletti's and work on those in snow?
He's not fat, I promise, but needs help in the belly area.......who doesn't, its January?!
Ok, so here's where it gets to be that I constantly worry but also have to balance that with enjoying where we are TODAY.
Today, I had a great ride on my horse.
My horse was happily trotting around, wanting to play and we pushed our 'safety' zone a little today with great results (aka riding in closer, closer to areas he always spooks at)
We also worked on w/t, silent whoa's, transitions, figure 8's, backing up and just standing patiently until I ask him to move. This proved to be interesting. I would ask him to "Whoa" and he would but after a few seconds he wanted to go again. I would back him up a few steps and repeat the "whoa" request. I noticed, he goes through a mental routine. He stopped, and when he thought we should walk again, he remained standing but starting his nervous chewing. I would just pat him and sit quiet on his back and waited. Laz would then shake his head, lick his lips and it was the sign, thinking process, of "oh, you want me to stand here...ok" that I was waiting for to say "Gooood boy!" and we would start walking again. We did that several times and each time the release of understanding came faster. :)
It was a great ride.
But then, the reality of it is, I worry about his feet CONSTANTLY
They just look so horrible
I'm not knocking my trimmer's work-it's just the truth of the time frame of where we are
I know, I know, they look better than what they did...for sure!
But I just want to make sure I'm not missing a HUGE RED FLAG and being a bad horse mommy who is blissfully riding her hurting boy. I mean, his physical, and mental body language is: He's happy. I know that. I also know that Laz has a high pain tolerance and for that, I don't want to wait for any "OUCH-I'm seriously hurting" signs. Also I want to make sure that we don't digress with his growth of barefoot feet and make sure I'm doing all I can to keep him healing.
So, that being said-Today's photos of feet-up for thoughts!!
This hoof always looks the best to me, out of all 4
I know-major major hoof wall separation STILL...ugh, why won't they go away?! What can I do to get ride of it? Seems that if he's been barefoot since March 2010, shouldn't this have healed by now? Is it thrushy? It doesn't smell but I know that isn't the only indication.
(you know..the devil foot..worse laminitic one)
Doesn't that hoof wall scare the shit out of you?! It does me. I assume it could have been the damage from his wedge shoes that he wore for months..but can this come back healthy?
His sole is so odd, like it's callusing to protect him.
This is concerning to me for a few reasons
1. Ice stays packed in this foot like crazy
2. Why is his sole BLACK?! Bruised? Or natural pigmentation?
3. Again, wall separation...jesus
4. I don't like the toe shape or the sole at the toe
5. Are the bars too high, it may be hard to tell from pictures
Same Right Front, diff angle so you can see the bars and the toe a bit better
So, yes I will know more when I do xrays in Spring...and Cliff comes in a couple of weeks so I'll ask him his thoughts, etc on above too
Video clips of him trotting before our ride today.
I think he's still looking great and strong and even had some nice strides and movement today
I think he looks great (considering) here.
I can definitely see him dragging his left rear toe more than other feet
Anything else that you see that sticks out? Good or Bad?
This is our "Shhhhhhht" game
I'm sure you've play this, Laz really loves it
And just a funny one for the dog loving readers out there
Billy shoveling our driveway and Mason helping him
I appreciate your thoughts on his feet, etc!
I know so many of you have years of experience of barefoot trimming success