Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
Thanks for your response, Greenhaven. :)
She always has flaring by the time trimming is due. And I'm not one to wait until her hooves are too long, either, so I think flaring is going to be a regular problem for her. It's filed down every time she's trimmed. What causes this flaring, anyway? Is there anything we can do to help her not have that effect? Training or riding things I should be doing differently?
It has happened in the past that her bars just break right off. What does that mean? I know the farrier trims them down every time she comes.
The weather is hot and humid during the summer, but this year we've had a lot of rain which is unusual. So it varies from hot and dry/hard ground to boggy ground for a couple days at a time. I'm in southern France, a half hour from the beach and an hour from the mountains. (= heaven). :)
I give her a hose-down after most of my rides. I'll have to remember to pick up her feet and try to flick off that extra sole tomorrow after our lesson when her feet are wet. I could probably get some cleaner pics too!
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare