|View single post by NOELLEE|
|Posted: Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 07:32 pm||
It has been over a week since Rain, my TWH got his first barefoot trim, two weeks since he has worn shoes. Had to deal with a deep case of thrush at the heel portion of both frogs, make him tender to walk at first, but he progressed well and we seem to have it in control now. He is walking better than when shod, much less "skating" and more forward pick up and set down of his front feet.
His hooves actually look better a week after the first trim. With the thrush cleared up, which was deep in the back center of the frog, causing it to split, he has ceased to paw and picks his feet up on que for me to pick and clean. Thrush is itchy, and this case seems to have been there maybe since I got him, and I am hopeful was the chief cause of his pawing to find relief.
Easy Boot Gloves arrive early next week and hopefully the timing works out with weather cooling off, the thrush completely gone, frogs hardened, and his healing even further along. I am looking forward to a video of us gaiting in boots.
Both River and Bo, my QHs, have continued to progress and perform well barefoot and in Easy Boots. Their hooves are staying nicely rounded and balanced on their own, and I think that is due to the pasture terrian I have set up, along with 4 wk trimmings. I have rode both the QHs in rocky ground, and both horse and I like the boots better, lol. Great traction. I rode Bo in Uwharrie in the rocky mountains, and River down some very steep mountain paths where he had to dig and take calculated moves to get us down, plus we did some awesome uphill steep mountain galloping and he never stumbled. Great slidding stops in the field workouts too. So I am looking forward to the gaiting with Rain. I do think the Easy Boot Gloves are best for galloping hard, but the Edge on Bo's front hooves give him nice climbing and downhill traction at a walk.
Here are some pictures of our progress:
First trimming below, note how the nails along the side were causing chips by prematuring throwing shoes.
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