Hoof cracks 101

I went to the ranch today with a plan in mind, to work with Xnobre again, to groom Arainha, and all sorts of things got in the way, not excuses, but reasons. Refund was in his stall, which meant anyone coming out or in went past him, and Coda was in the indoor arena....

Trim Lesson

Casey took us through trimming Xodo’s hind feet, one for each of us. It was hard! I am not strong enough to make a cut with the nippers on my own. Jillian is, and this picture is of her. The drill is: look at the foot, lay the rasp down the vertical center and...

Third winter

After a bodywork session Almost spring again, after our third winter together, and his first winter free of the stables. Apollo gets a bowl each time I see him, so not seven days a week, and that recipe is now the following: 2–3 T mixed powdered vitex and...

Snowballs

Drove for the first time since the snowstorm, out to Jefferson City and then back to see the boy. His foot feathers were full of snowballs, and he liked it when I worked them off. Next time I will bring scissors. Brian was there, and we talked. He does that same...

Front feet

Right front Left front I think the rocky ground is helping Apollo’s feet. Hoof attachment is good, and there is a shiny ridge of callused sole all the way around. I also think— as I said before— that working on each foot at a minimum of once a week makes a big...

Front feet

September 25, less concavity, hard and slick October 19 (tilted) more concavity, sole sloughing Right, September 30 Right, October 5 Right, October...