|You will feed me carrots.|
Spring is nearly upon us. I can see it in my horse's feet. The wall growth was slow during the winter, allowing me to leisurely trim every three to three and a half weeks. If I was feeling really lax, I could have pushed it to four, but I happen to like trimming Harley's feet so there was no need to procrastinate. I could finish all four feet in one session without too much trouble and the moist ground, although bad for frogs, made my rasp slide over his feet with ease. March has just squeezed past the starting line and I can see a small increase in the growth rate of my horse's feet. Has it been three weeks already? Two and a half weeks of growth is looking like three. Pretty soon, two weeks will be all I can wait or I will be dealing with flaring quarters and forty-five minutes behind the rasp. At the peak of the spring to summer transition I will probably touch up his feet every week. I adopted that strategy last year to avoid marathon trimming sessions and using nippers, which I do not own anyway.
Since I nearly trimmed his left front entirely before starting the right (I often switch back and forth), I decided to take some comparison photos. Each foot is an individual, but I thought it might be interesting to see a before and after side-by-side.
|The hoof is not flat. I follow the curvature of the sole when I trim and I trim almost entirely from the bottom. There is no need to try and make the surface flat, because this foot is not being prepared for a shoe.|
|Bevel, wall pigmentation, and frog apex close-up. I am not trying to make his feet pretty, but a nice foot just IS pretty.|
|Until next time, enjoy the sunset and the carrots!|