Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
We got our first significant snowfall last night, but it was warmer today. I rode out for the first time since his shoes were pulled. Just a little 2 or 3 miles around the block to get my fix, so to speak, nothing major. I was worried that his feet were bothering him for the first mile as he was being so slow and careful, but then all of the sudden he was fine and wanting to trot and run. Then it dawned on me- my horse is from South Texas! That was probably the first time he's ever been ridden in snow, on packed snow, on ice, and with clumps of snow falling out of the trees all over! Apparently he decided the snow wasn't really too bad, since after that he was fine (though appropriately cautious on the one really icy and nasty bit). He was panting and warm even with the light workout through. I hope he sheds out soon, he's too fuzzy for temps above freezing!
I also did his feet and tried on the new pair of EasyBoot Edges I got. Three out of four feet went on fairly easy, the last is a little snug to pull on, but popped into place when he stepped down. He's never been booted before and was a little concerned, but got over it within a few minutes. They stayed on all feet while he trotted a few circles on the lunge, so that's a promising start. I hope I have his feet sorted by the LBL ride! Do non-endurance riders obsess this much about their horses' feet?