We had a big blast of air come in as it likes to do on the weekends when it would be nice to ride.
Not that I'm bitter. Sigh.
The blast of air came in in the wake of an early morning, beautiful, ferocious thunderstorm. One lightening strike cracked through the sky so close that the lights went out, woke up our oldest (the youngest can sleep through anything), and now all our clocks are flashing.
Today is my day to feed, but I got a call from the BO saying that it was so miserable she'd take care of it, since she needed to check on all the horses anyway.
I did brush Lily and Cibolo and walked them around the rocky area to see how their hooves were feeling.
Cibolo was a bit more ouchy than Lily.
I also took a few pictures of hooves, but I need hoof picture taking lessons, apparently.
This is Lily's Left Front with the plasticy goo that the farrier put on.
Here's the more troublesome Left Rear on Lily. See that terrible crack? You can't tell from this angle but it actually bulges out - it looks like there was an abcess that came out of her HOOF!
Do you think that might have been causing her to be heavy on the front end for the last month or so?
Every other picture I took was really bad. So I'm going to try to wash all the hooves off, get an assistant, and try again.
Here's my question for the day. What is the process for toughening up feet? Just hand walking on rocky terrain? I really don't want to ride with their feet being tender.
Advice is welcome...
Hope you rode today...