This morning she got trimmed again by my new farrier JS. This is his third time trimming her, and I have to say he's doing an excellent job. He might cost double what I'm used to paying but he spends a good 45 minutes trimming her, really pays careful attention to her feet, and to top it off he is a good conversationalist. I told him about how she's been off on her front left, so we trotted her out and he also tested her soles for pressure. This was mostly so that we would have a base line for next month. She's still off a bit on her left front, and looked like she even took a funny step here or there on her front right. It's all very very minor though, and she's sound in the arena, just not on the asphalt. So for now we are giving it another month and seeing if she comes sound during the dry season.
|Post Trim. Looking a bit pitiful...she really wanted to eat the grass|
rather than ground tie.
I am hoping whatever it is she'll come sound, but to be honest I'm starting to think that front shoes are in her future. Despite having nice big feet, she is a big horse. There is a lot of weight on those tootsies and it is near impossible to keep the flaring down. She's also getting worked more, and harder than she ever has in her life. Since I'm not showing this summer, and no longer selling her, I'm not worried about her remaining gimpy for another month if it means she comes sound barefoot. It would be nice to go at least one more year bare, but at the same time I don't want my poor horse chronically sore because her soles are too thin for her big body. I refuse to have her in pain because of an ideal that in her case just may not be possible to achieve.
If I had my own property I would have additional methods to try to keep her bare and sound, but alas I live on a golf course and must board. I'm fairly certain the HOA (and drunk golfers) would protest Miss Thing in my backyard. Though it would be a tempting April Fools Day prank. But, I digress. As a border you have to take what you can get, and you can't always control every aspect of your horse's care as you might like. That is unfortunately the reality. Right now I'm doing the best for her feet that I can given the current boarding situation (and there is no way I'll move her elsewhere). If another month isn't enough, then I guess we are looking at front shoes. Meh...
Happy trails and swooshing tails!