I've been trimming Lacey 100% myself for the last...maybe 2 months?
I would ideally be using a farrier/trimmer but I can't seem to find one that takes Lacey's hoof needs as seriously as I feel like they need to be taken...SO I've basically been "forced" to take them on myself.
The other "cool" thing is that the one trimmer who really knows Lacey's hooves JUST had surgery for a brain tumor...so she'll be out of commission, help-wise, for quite some time.
ANYway, I'm really feeling uncomfortable with L's hooves currently. I feel like they're doing things I'm not expecting and I don't have the skill to work out what to do, ESPECIALLY with her fronts. I feel like her backs are looking ok, lower in the heel than they have been traditionally - which I like, but I'm just not sure.
The backs, I just did last...Sunday or Saturday, and the fronts haven't been touched in maybe 3 weeks. I got nervous about them around then and kinda wussed out.
My plan, once I get advice from you guys, is to do a little on her fronts -at least- everyday until they're less "wild", then make Friday be dedicated to touching up her fronts and Saturday dedicated to her backs. I had been just kinda trying to do them every couple of weeks but really, I should have set days and stick to it.
As I understand it, she seems to have flares running a muck in front. How I think I'd fix that is to get the hoof wall off the ground, via rolling it harder - a lot closer to the white line, so the pressure is taken off? That's what I've been attempting to do (I'm not the best "roll-er" yet) but possibly not enough...
Then her heels, especially in front, they seem SO contracted and long! Um, what is up with that? Is it just a side effect of the flares in front??
THEN, her soles and frogs, her soles seem CRAZY thick right now...does that mean they're prepping to shed hardcore? Same with her frogs, from all the wrinkles and how deep her grooves are, I thought for sure she had some thrush going on. BUT, there's no bad smell, no powder-y-ness, and her hooves are all pretty much literally bone dry. I even stuck my hoof pick into some of those grooves searching for thrush and came up with nothing...?
I am SO SO confused. Hopefully you all can save Lacey and I from me...we obviously need it.
Re: Pictures - I tried to line the hoof sole pictures up so that it would be easy to compare them, but everything else is kinda, but not really, in a great order. I'm sorry for the quality that's not there with these photos, It was getting dark, Lacey was antsy for food, I had just gotten off the train after an hour long ride home from school, etc etc...needless to say, they're a bit rushed. HOPEFULLY they're ok enough for the necessary things to be seen and analyzed... :)
Here's a link to the Picasa album with the pictures - I figured that would be simpler than posting them ALLL here.
Thank you! I SO much appreciate it. :)
Also, currently the only tool I have is a rasp. It's a sharp rasp (the other day I cut myself down to below nerve level - on my thumb - THROUGH a glove) but it's a rasp all the same. Just FYI
Other also, in case anyone wonders about that line on her hooves - that lines up to when she was moved to her current pasture. She was used to grass but not THAT much, I should have muzzled her and didn't do it fast enough - she got obese fast, etc etc. No clinical laminitis or anything but there was probably some stress.
ETA - forgot the details: 27 year old Arab mare, 85+% blind due to ERU, been a little "off" for a bit, currently head bobbing at the trot - assumed she pulled/bruised something in her leg last week - left front pastern was swollen for a couple days on the inside of the pastern - swelling is gone now but the limp is still sometimes apparent at the trot but not as bad as it was. She also drags her toes when she moves (fronts going uphill, backs downhill) which, since the behavior increased as she lost more sight, I assume is due to her sight issues.