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Getting his groove back

Wetter weather has softened his feet, and I have been working first with the frog, and seeing what on the sole might want to come off. Took the front toes back to the white line. Here is his summer-hard left hind, September 20. Below is his right front foot on...

Evidence

LF, September 25, 2011 LF, October 22, 2010 No rain for a long time, and Apollo’s feet are too hard for the hoof knives. His soles are neither shedding nor offering material to be exfoliated. As a result, he has less concavity. There is some chipping front and...

Product placement (Sore No More)

Today I set myself to use the Sore No More. Jilli uses it. Both Apollo and I love the smell. He thinks it might taste good. Supposedly, if the body needs it, the liniment will suds a little on that area of the body. So I went to his sacral area. No fizz. Went to his...

The Dawn Horse

Here is Apollo munching some pine. Makes his breath smell like bath salts. I wonder what he gets from it. Fox-sized Eohippus (the Dawn Horse) browsed primeval forest 55 million years ago. Maybe Apollo’s stewarding the grove, culling some of the smaller saplings...

Soft eyes

Rachel gave me an insight the other day about how the vertical bars in stalls might affect horses; she said “Remember— they have soft eyes.” Open focus. Gestalt. Vertical bars would mess with that. Yet another example of how humans so often and so...

Free choice minerals, oat straw

Forecast has been for snow the past several days, but we’ve had none, and today it was 47 degrees. Mud on Ferry Road, and new ruts, and the car did a little skid turning onto Ferry Road from Snowdrift. The furry dog who sits in wait and chases the car when I...