Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
I intend to get some pictures again soon, but we completed our 50 mile ride in renegades without issue. Unfortunately there were many lost boots, lost shoes, and stone bruises among the horses over the two days and I feel lucky that we were able to avoid that.
I trimmed him two days later (I had been putting it off until after the ride), and luckily for me, we have a farrier coming out at the end of this week who is supposed to be very good at barefoot as well as forge-work when needed, so I hope to have her take a look and pay for a consultation at least.
Patty, I am not sure what your last post was meant to say?
I have noticed a ridge, circumferential on all four, though more noticeable on the sides than the fronts of each hoof and more prominent on the RF than the LF hoof. It's not really an isolated ridge properly though where it's a bump in the normal growth though. It's about an inch down from the coronary band, and the hoof just... gets about a mm wider on each side (medial and lateral) above that band, but is smooth, though not so much on the dorsal surfaces where you just feel a slight unevenness. As I said, hard to describe without pictures, so I supposed I'll hope that it shows up better than I can explain with words when I take them. We switched hay suppliers and went barefoot in Jan IIRC, so I suppose this could a ring from either of those changes.