I made a post a while ago about my gelding... about how he managed to Ďsplití his hoof and separate the split from the rest of the hoof and was limping on it. Well, I nipped the crack off and filed it down. Dakotaís still been limping on and off on it, but it hasnít been bad enough for me to get worried over it. Heís just been limping when he steps on a rock or a stump (itís not a constant limp), so Iím not worried over it.
Well, earlier while I was unsaddling Gypsie (we went for an all-day ride), Dakota was pitching a huge fit while I unsaddled Gyps (he dislikes Gypsie leaving him; heís a Ďmommaís boyí). He got the other horses all riled up and got them to running full-tilt up and down the pasture with him.
He was going all out for about twenty minutes, running full-speed, bucking and farting with all four legs about a foot or two off the ground, kicking up way above his head as he raced up and down the hills in the pasture... kicking at the other horses, bucking at them... basically just acting really high-spirited and young (lol, heís four, so I guess he was Ďacting his ageí).
I donít think his hoof is hurting too much, considering... But due to his antics, heís probably going to be sore on that leg tomorrow. Silly boy... Stupid boy...
I checked his hoof after he calmed down (I brought him out to feed) and itís not cracked any worse or anything... actually, itís growing out really well and looks good. I also took him for a short walk and he didnít take any lame steps at all. In fact, he acted like heíd never been lame on it in the first place.
So yeah, I donít think these are the actions of a horse that has a sore hoof. Lol...
Running uphill (heís running full-speed and this hill is steeper than it looks... and all of his weight is on his injured leg...)
Taking a breather (he was breathing hard and was all excited... lol...)
Running downhill (once again, heís running down a different hill at full speed... this hill is very steep...)
Waiting semi-patiently for me to grab his halter and let him out in the yard to eat...