With that kick ass fucking news in mind, I decided to see if I could do our two point torture session in the cross country field barefoot.
|the reaction we get from the mares when invading their pasture.|
clearly bobby is not viewed as a threat. or a suitable boyfriend.
Um, yeah. We could. Granted, the rain made the footing absolutely perfect, and the xcountry field is the only field in the surrounding five counties that isn't shale-based so we weren't battling rocks, but still.
My goal for the two point challenge is to add an extra minute of my start time of six minutes every week. I thought I might die, but I did manage seven minutes today. I split it up into three minutes of trot, three minutes of canter, and one minute of trot. Then I cried a little from the pain in my aching calves and walked Bobby down to the bottom of the field so we could have a run up the hill.
I turned him around, made him halt, and then randomly decided to clear my watch that still had the two point time on display. Someone took the beep as his cue to go galloping out of the start box and sprinted away while I still only had the reins in one hand. I let him go flat out since it's a clear shot to the top of the hill and there's plenty of room on top to pull him up before it drops off again. Besides, Bobby is so polite to gallop anyway!
Um, no. Usually all I have to do is stand in my stirrups and let an inch or two out of my reins and he merrily comes back to a trot. It took me every foot of flat ground available to get him pulled back up, and it involved a lot of feet on the dash and see-sawing of the elevator bit. Crazy fuck. Clearly his toes were not causing him pain. Take that, NF!
I touched up his hooves when we were all done, cried a little more about my lack of leg strength while bending over, and snapped some quick pictures.
Pictures from 8/26, a day after getting his shoes pulled:
And today, 10/8:
|RH. missed a spot on the outside!|
(obvi not as tiny as my fingers--i'm just an excellent photog.)
|the RF is still being a little bitch. BM suggested scoring above where that toe|
crack wants to start again and it stopped it in it's tracks.
|you can see how dished the toe is on the RF. it IS growing out, and it's WAY|
better than it was even a few weeks ago, but i think it's going to keep trying to
crack until the dish is gone.
I welcome any and all comments on his feet! I've been rasping them about once a week just to keep the chips and any flaring to a minimum. Still a ways to go, but they're obviously so much healthier than they were a month and a half ago.