First Off Property Ride!
So for my birthday I took Eve for a road ride! Moki had Jynx hand walking and working on manners, and we were heading down the road to meet up with the kid on Justus so in total I don't think we went more than a couple hundred feet...but it was new for her and she took it like a champ! After the first pic we had 3 dirtbikes go past us and I thought we were goners...last summer they'd speed past throwing rocks at us just to watch the horses rear up. As soon as we knew they were coming down the road we were on I got off Eve and turned her around to see what loud thing was coming up to her, she kinda danced for the first one but the second 2 were ok. These guys though, I hope they come around more often...they slowed but passed at a reasonable speed - not doddling but not roaring past us. Once they passed I swung back up (no saddle) and we carried on! Met up with Justus and turned around to head home! Nothing too exciting, but as her first time off property, I thought it was very exciting!
After the dirtbikes
Talking about the bikes LOL
Failed pose because the sun was in the wrong spot!
And LOVE this pic...made it my profile picture on FB!
Everything's melting/melted around here so the roads are the only safe, dry footing available...just walking and limited trotting, but it's nice to keep her going in the wet season. I think I'm going to look into getting her shod for the summer. I know MANY of the posters here have shod horses, what are the benefits/downfalls? I don't have a barn, she's outside 24/7, there is mud around so I'm aware she may occasionally pull a shoe...but what kinds of things should I be watching out for? She won't be getting shod til end of April so I have time to really think on it...but she doesn't have strong feet, being a TB/Clydie. Her walls are thin, she's prone to deep cracks, and we'll be doing a bit of road riding and trails. Again, mostly walk and trot, but it's still hard on the tootsies. Any advice or personal experience with shoes would be appreciated!
Here's a pic of her feet after a fresh trim by my farrier
Wow, those are some BIG horses!!
Eve is a striking young lady, and you both look perfect for each other! :D
That's awesome, you're doing a fantastic job with her. She is still the gorgeous girl she has always been. :D
Congrats! Looks like you had alot of fun!
Awesome! Looks like you guys are having a ton of fun! She sure is turning into a nice horse!
Keep her feet picked out but don't be obsessive about it and watch for thrush if she can't get out of the wet. Don't let the barefoot gurus discourage you from shoeing. If you can't keep your horse on a low startch diet and in a completely dry, hard pen and you want to ride on trails and pavement you are going to need shoes.
I agree with Kevin, shoes might be appropriate for her. Her feet look a little pancaked(flared) anyhoo, so shoes can bring them back into a more tight vertical shape (no sole view, so I am guessing btw). if she has cracking issues, I will bet she has too much wall coming in contact with the ground. Shoes can help with all of this if that is the way you choose to go.
If it is really muddy you might want to invest in some pea gravel or rubber mats to create a dry firm spot for her to stand and get out of the goop.
She is a lovely girl btw, glad she did so well on her first off the property ride.
She looks a lot like Romeo, the horse that belongs to the lady I ride with. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!
I agree with Kevin also. Only if you are going to be riding on the road and in the mountains on rocky ground a lot, I would get the borum welded onto the shoes. It helps them keep traction. Also, I had a horse shod that lived in an open field. Granted he could have gotten in the barn had he wanted to, I only had him lose a shoe once. It was only about 3 weeks after he had been shod. I called the farrier back and he came out and replaced it free of charge. He also checked to see that the other 3 were tight. The farrier I have since I have moved also has the same policy. He says that if a shoe comes off within 5 weeks of putting it on, he'll replace it. I do have him out every 6 weeks religiously though.
This is Romeo with Rosie, and just Romeo by himself.
Thanks everyone! She's my baby...
Kevinshorses - funny you should mention thrush as she's started into her first mild case of thrush last week. I've cleaned her feet out, brushed off the rest, and applied ThrushOff once a day since. There wasn't much change in the couple days so I brought her in and have her in the sand round pen to keep her out of the mud while it clears up. Might look into some Durasole, was recommended by a friend. I'm in no way against shoes, it's just the only farrier I ever had shoe one of my horses, one came off 10 days later and he refused to fix it or take the other off...I ended up using a screwdriver :shock: Never had them shod again. Now it's been 6 years though and I realize not all farriers are like that, I trust mine, and so do his MANY show clients that have their horses shod. I also thought she looked very splayed or panned with her feet...but that's just the conformation of them. There's a small flare at the quarters, but it's nothing huge. She just has wierd feet and I think I need her shod to be comfortable. Here's a recent pic of the underside of her hoof...I've been taking pics regularly to monitor the thrush.
With all this being said, I don't want to use shoes to give her a cute little QH hoof...I want her to keep whatever's natural to her and whatever's FUNCTIONAL for her - my idea isn't to change her feet, but to make them strong enough to keep up.
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