(as a side note, my mom stopped by the show for a few minutes on Sunday. She hasn't been to a horse show since.... ohhhhh 1998? so it was sweet of her to come. But I nearly died when she asked "someone else is riding your horse? who are you Ann Romney??" Aside from obvious points for relevancy, if you know my mom this sentence coming out of her is nothing short of hysterical)But back to Monday's trim. P2's feet got a few small chips and since it's been a couple weeks since I touched them, I figured it was time for a baby trim. Only after I 'finished' her front feet did I realize I didn't take any "before shots" but that's an accurate reflection of how organized I've been feeling :)
However, I did still have my camera in my purse form the show, so I managed to snag some "afters." This was harder than you might think since I forgot to swap out the lens from my telephoto. So all of the solar views involved me holding P2's foot with one hand/leg/whatever and the other hand desperately trying to balance my camera, angle it correctly and hold it far enough away to get the whole hoof in one shot.
Why I seem to be incapable of taking normal photos of my horse's feet, I do not know. But it's a trend that seems to be holding steady.
Anyway, her feet:
I think P2's feet are "good." She grows quite a bit of hoof, and doesn't seem to do anything too crazy with it. She does produce a bit of flare on all four feet fairly predictably. On her hinds, the flare is isolated to the medial side of each foot. Up front she spreads the flare around a bit more evenly, but it's most pronounced on the medial sides as well. Mostly I just wanted to take a teeny bit of growth, back her heels down again and smooth out the edges.
I don't quite know how to handle the flare. My vet tried to assure me that I don't really need to worry about it (in the amount that P2 seems to display), but when I'm staring at her feet It bugs me. Also, the difference between her tighter wall on the medial side, and the stretched wall on her lateral side is hard to ignore (consistent across all four feet).. So I sit there and furrow my brow at it but I don't actually do anything - because anything more than my 10 rasp strokes to even things out scares me...
As always, would love your comments. Her angles on the fronts look a little funky to me, and I still see that flare, but her hoof shape is pretty well balanced and her heels/frogs all seem to be doing their job.
Also - Prairie tends to wobble and lean on me less if I have her in the wash rack instead of a normal cross tie section which is dandy, except the mats are wet so her feet are "stamped" with some moisture. Ok, enough talk, here are the pics:
|Head on shot of our front feet post trim|
|and her rear feet post trim..|
|Left front lateral|
|left front lateral (again)|
|Left Front Solar (in focus, but missing part of the wall)|
|Out of focus but whole hoof... (whoops)|
|Right Front lateral|
|Right Front Lateral|
|Right Front Solar|
|Right front solar again|
|Left hind lateral|
|left hind lateral|
|Left hind solar|
|RH Solar (out of focus again, whoops!)|
|RH in focus but missing toe...|