|Are you noticing a pattern?|
A week or so after trimming Harley's feet, I gave the bars some extra love. These photos were taken after our ride, so his feet were polished clean by the sand.
|Left front: Hello central sulcus!|
|Left hind: Basically no bar material to trim.|
|Right front: The camera was not level over the foot, but you still can see how the bars are lower than in the autumn pictures and smoothly blend into the heels. I should use my left hand to take the picture. Silly handedness.|
|Right hind: I love the textured, concave sole and fat frog. These feet are rough and ready|
Special thanks to smazourek, the author of It's Quarters for Me, for the tip to smoothly ramp the bars up to the heels. I always use caution when taking advice regarding my horse's feet, but this was definitely some sound advice (pun, intended). Harley licked and chewed and snorted with happiness as I gently removed the high points from his bars. That was the seal of approval!
I recently spoke with the talented young woman who originally trimmed Harley with the performance barefoot approach and started my trimming education. She has some exciting opportunities coming up which may include working with the feet of some high level competition horses. I did not realize that Performance Barefoot was present in the competitive world. That is something that I am very happy to hear. When she becomes famous for her expertise I will get to say "I knew you when." :)