This winter we had no snow, which I am more than happy about, but now we are also not receiving our usual spring rain. April showers are supposed to bring spring flowers. Some of my flowers are blooming despite the dry conditions, but where is that rain?
|Really dry hoof wall "crackles" distinctly under the rasp.|
When it comes to my horse's feet, I prefer dry to wet. Wet conditions harbor fungi and bacteria and usually take their toll on the frog. Dry conditions can make for a very tough foot, which is good, BUT can be very, very difficult to trim even with a new, shiny rasp.
|A sharp 12" Ladies Rasp with a nice, reliable handle that does not fall off|
Thankfully, I have a simple, cheap solution to tough, dry hooves.
I spray the bottom of Harley's feet along the hoof wall and begin rasping. It is amazing how much easier the rasp cuts threw moistened hoof wall. I simply reapply when the rasp stops cutting so easily. The only downside that I can see is the threat of rust. I keep my rasp out of harms way when I spray the water and leave the rasp in the sun for a little while after the trim, so any dampness will evaporate. I used to cover my rasp with a leather sleeve and keep it in my grooming box to "protect" it. This rusted my rasp so quickly, that it was just about useless by the next trim. Now I keep my rasp loosely covered by saddle pads in the trunk of my car which is free of any horse care products that may leach moisture and rust the metal. A rusted rasp is a dull rasp and a dull rasp makes me a very unhappy girl!
|More "rasp crispies" and some thick hoof wall.|
|The water makes the filings stick. His sole looks like crackle paint and has been exfoliating.|
|The finished product made much easier to attain with water!|
|The pair and the photographer.|
|A finished hind hoof with the mustang roll extended all the way to the heel.|
|Walking like a Egyptian...|
|And standing like a prince.|
Now if we can just get some rain. The riding rings are terribly dusty. Harley was coughing. I was coughing. The trail wasn't much better and the ticks are out there! Smokey the Bear is warning that the fire danger is "Extreme" in our area. When I was a kid attending lessons, I never would have begged for rain. A rainy day meant no riding. Now I am changing my tune. These dry conditions are making riding in the rings unhealthy and Harley and I really want to ride!
Please heavens! Open up!
|Thank you for NOT smoking!|