I trimmed Harley's feet on the first day of summer. Ironically, it was not as hot as many of our spring days have been. It is a lot worse to trim feet than it is to ride on really hot days, so I decided to trim now and ride the next time that I see him. I generated these photo comparisons in the best, free computer program ever: Paint!
|Comparison of the front feet before and after the trim|
|Comparison of the hind feet before and after the trim|
I am very happy with the way his heels have strengthened. They used to be less wide, like they were not doing their share of the weight-bearing. Now, the heels are much more robust, with the exception of the medial heel on the right hind. This is also the foot that I have to remind him to keep under his body in left lead canter or his balance dissolves. As his balance under saddle has improved, so have his heels. This begs the question "Which came first, good balance or good heels?"
|Fronts done with a nice bevel|
|Then the hinds|
|Petite profile determined by the horse, not the trimmer|
|Very cute, Harley|
|Are we done yet?|
|Seriously. I want carrots now.|
|Harley likes to do a little of his own trimming.|