Sooo I've been doing Lacey's hooves myself for...I think, almost 4 months (I trim her about once every two weeks) and I'm just wanting to check in and make sure we're still mostly on the right path.
I can definitely see areas I need to improve in - getting her heels ore even and backing up her front toes more, to be precise.
Speaking of her toes, as you will see from the pictures, I've gotten pretttty close to the white line in front with a (what feels to me like) significant roll BUT the angle still looks "wrong" to me...like her toes are stretched forward... Does that just mean her heels need to be longer and even it out or ...........? For instance, her front right has some "good" heel going on but that toe! It seems to stretch on forever...
And her front left..crushing heel much?
I'm trying to give the front left a bit more leeway seeing as how that is the pastern she partially tore a suspensory in a few months ago and she's probably not back to completely using it "right" like she used to (though she is 95% sound currently)...but really, c'mon Mister Hoof!
I'm really embarrassed about how uneven her heels are on that front left. I promise tha they are even height-wise (aka, both are even with sole)... The side that appears shorter/less stretched is the side of the suspensory issue. I would welcome thoughts on what I can do about this...
I am pretty proud of her hinds though. Definitely there is more improvement to be had back there but traditionally she's had really high heels and very short toes back there...almost like 2 clubfeet behind.
All the farriers I've used before said that it couldn't be changed and that it was just the way she moved that was creating hooves like that. AND OH SNAP. Look who has toe and a nearly normal heel back there? Also who's not dragging their back hooves nearly as much as they used to? This horse!
She's also moving a whole lot better behind, really stepping up under herself (she reminds me of a gaited horse with how far she steps up under at a walk) and she's not nearly as stiff back there as she's been seeming in the last few years. She used to have to do a whole lot of leg stretching/rearranging to be comfy with having a hind picked up but not anymore!
Link to pictures (plus a whole body shot so you can see allll the angles...) : https://picasaweb.google.com/1116720...C-87uZy4ajuAE#
Sorry about the mud in those pictures. I cleaned things up as best I could but you know winter in the PNW: mud=love.
And forgive her tree-trunk like hairy legs. Due to her sight issues, her body seems to be under the impression that we are in the midst of a winter rivaling the North Pole.
Thoughts? Help? Improvements? Comments? Concerns?
- currently mostly retired due to previously mentioned suspensory issue
- will be 28 in Feb.
- nearly blind so she does move a little "differently" compared to a normal horse
- I am treating her with ACV for thrush, which, while not bad, she does have in those crevasses
- I currently only have a rasp to trim with. No nippers, no knife. So yeeeah.