Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ride # 4 Feetses. They're consuming my dreams.

Well I did go for a ride today. A very short one. Only two miles. Other factors interfered with my fun. Boooo.

Buuuut, this gives me the perfect chance to concentrate on one thing...twelve actually. Twelve hooves.

I did shots of Mandy Fred and Bree as I have been trying to do for the last couple weeks. I managed to get side, sole front and heel shots. That's a lot of shots. and now my back is sore.

We'll start with Mandy as Fred is still sound as anything and Mandy is the ouchy one.

Mandy's hind feet. What I see is that her hooves(especially on the rear) are very narrow.

Right Hind Sole


Left Hind


Hind Angles




Left Front

All of this minute inspection gave me a great chance to notice a hairline crack in Mandy's LF hoof.
Now I can keep an eye on it.


Right Front



There's a lot of improvement I'd like to see here. I wish I had thought to take a picture of her right front BEFORE Juan did the first trim as the amount of heel she had grown was amazing. He didn't take it right down, we're doing it gradually.

ETA: I DID take some pics the day she came home. So here's some untrimmed shots.
Left Front

Left Hind

Right Hind


Anyhow, enough of what I'd like to see and lets talk about what we DO have. We have an iron hard hoof horn. I mean really. Amazingly hard. The soles don't match. Some of that could be from being shod, and some could be from living in soft pastures. Some could be genetic.

We will just have to wait and see how her feet handle the next few months of riding and wear.

Whew. That was a lot of pictures.Hope I didn't break anyone's bandwidth. ;)

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