Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hoof Pictures

It's been too long since the last post filled with pictures of my horse's hooves. I am so, so sorry. I know how stimulating all of you find them.

Fuck you. I know you don't find them interesting at all, but it's a good record for me so here they are.

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Like all Bobby things, his feet look better in person than they do in pictures. They're still not great though. His toes need to keep creeping back and his heels need to keep creeping up. I've only been doing him every three weeks, but after BM looked at them she told I needed to be doing them once a week--mostly because I'm not aggressive enough when I trim.

He is sound walking on the gravel driveway right now despite a winter spent walking only on snow, but a large part of me is really dissatisfied with how slowly he's coming along. He's been barefoot for seven months, and it just seems like they should have a better shape. I want pretty hooves! However, I know he's come a long way from where he was so I should be grateful for what we're working with.

But still. I want the pretty.

In riding news, Bobby was a complete tool on the longe line, but an absolute gem under saddle. So light and fluffy and cooperative. He's a little heavier tracking right, but according to the chiro that's his bad side. He made up for it by being a total boss to the left and trying really hard to the right. Yay, fluffy marshmallow pony with the ugly feet! I'll make a real dressage horse out of you yet.

16 comments:

  1. I find them interesting! Lol. Looking at the solar view of his hooves, they're looking really great! They'll come along and look pretty eventually :) And winter's a slow time for hoof growth, I know I've been feeling the same about how slowly Misty's hooves are changing.

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  2. But... where are the fun socks? The mittens/gloves? I've come to expect a certain level of pattern from you. I feel like there is too little color in your gray/teal/yellow shoes (which I would totally rock and am sorta lusting over).

    Also, since I had to wander your freaking archives to ensure I wasn't bat shit crazy about your previous pattern choices (hey, you should do it, too, because then you'd know that his little tootsies have made substantial improvement), where's your search feature? Or some tags?

    My farrier once explained to me, as he nailed a new shoe into old holes on the previous BO's ancient, emaciated gelding, that priority is put into growing hair in the winter. Hooves are secondary.

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    1. I legit thought of you when I posted those.

      The fun socks only come out when either it's warm enough for just them, or cold enough for my thick woolly socks (which are black and I'm wearing here under my breeches but over my long johns) AND fun socks. But it was in the weird halfway zone so I'm only wearing boring socks.

      My green stripey gloves were tossed to the side because SOMEONE keeps wearing them to do feet and the rasp is ripping up the fingers which I then I have to sew back together because they are the comfiest gloves ever and I refuse to buy another pair nor do I know where to get them again.

      And if it's any consolation, I was wearing a green and yellow tshirt under a purple fleece so I was looking very classy up top.

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  3. I do my fluffy, ugly-footed, old dressage TB's feet only every 3 weeks in the winter. Or more. In the summer, though. Whew. It's weekly. At least.

    Guinness has been barefoot for many years now, and still isn't 100% on gravel. Part of it is his ingrained memories of gravel being painful. He's very conscious of his footing, and will slow down to a careful pace if the pavement changes to look like gravel, even if the texture is the same. Maybe Bobby's just being residually careful?

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  4. I like taking mine BF boys out on the road for a mile or two every day to wear their hooves. Makes trimming WAY easier. Of course, you need an abrasive surface to make that work... snow and ice probably not so much. Bobby's feet are looking good, though! And function > form. ;)

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    1. The only road we have around is the main road right outside our barn where I threaten Bobby with tying him to the Amish buggies that go by, but aren't actually good to lead a horse on. I can ride him around the gravel driveway more if the ice ever disappears.

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  5. I am impressed with how far they have come! Seriously, they are looking great!!
    That was a fantastic move you made when you pulled his shoes. Kudos!

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  6. He's come a FAR ways! For true! His feet really looking great!

    Aside from what you've noted with heels and toes, start trimming the bars and really focusing on the lateral flare present in all 4 hooves. I just started focusing on the bars on my two and WHOA, big difference in just a month! And they're just on snow like Bobby, too, so hopefully it'll make a difference in him, too.

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    1. I noticed that, too, but was worried about sounding judgmental if I said anything. :)

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    2. But...but....that involves the hoof knife, and the hoof knife is so scary!! I'll ask BM to help me next Monday so I don't cut something imperative.

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    3. Nah, it doesn't require the knife! It just means filing and filing and filing forever more in the quarter flares!
      You can see in the pics (bottom views of the hinds) where the most flare is happening. ;)

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  7. Takes time, but you've made a huge improvement!

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  8. I enjoy reading about Bobby's hooves because it is very, very educational for me!

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  9. Paste pictures of pretty hooves over his current hooves. :)

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  10. I think his feet look fab-dabby-dozie!
    Keep up the great work :)

    PS: Tooling on the lunge is ok if their marshmallowy under saddle right?! I deff prefer that kind of prioritising over best work being done on the lunge & woefulness following US

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  11. His hooves are looking amazing and are coming along quite quickly (though I know it sucks being patient). I do mine every 1-2 weeks because I don't do it aggressively (okay, okay, also because I get tired - its a hard job!).

    And for pretty I would recommend a sanding block and twinkle-toes or hoof polish. If they can't have the desired shape they might as well be shiny! JK

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