Keep your Photoshop and Gimp, or whatever else you use to make amazing graphic creations. I enjoy using "Paint" and making it work. "Paint" does not care about being user-friendly or innovative.
As spoken by the computer program, "Paint":
"Oh did you misplace one of those photos? Hope you saved the original, because you are going to have to start over."
"Typo? No problem. Just create a white box and cover up the original text box and make a new one. That's right. Start over."
"Is the color wrong in the image? Too bad. Take a better photo next time."
Thankfully, I do not have complicated demands! Using "Paint" requires a lot of problem-solving. I think there is some value in that. Or maybe I just enjoy pushing the limits of my frustration threshold.
So for your viewing pleasure, I present a study of my horse's right front: pre, mid, and post-trim using the simple, yet elegant, "Paint" program. Eat your heart out iPad!
Check out the evenness of width in Harley's hoof wall, outer and inner, all the way to the heels. I am very excited about this. The quarters used to get really thick and wide, while the back of the foot did not have as generous a wall thickness. He usually rounds the toe a bit himself, so this left his front feet somewhat box-shaped during the fastest growing season. Of course, I would trim his feet which remedied the unevenness, but this is the first time that I have seen the wall balanced in thickness at the time of the trim. His left front demonstrated the same thing, but for some reason I forgot to take a mid-trim photo.
Hopefully this change is due to the improvements in my mustang roll and maybe his shorter bars. I now bevel the edge all the way to the heels, even rounding them a bit, so that there are no sharp edges. I have been keeping the bars tidy for a year now, as I used to leave them to self-trim.
|Left front: Three weeks of growth|
|Left front: Post-trim|
I would love it if my horse could self-trim, but it seems that our environment is not suitable. Although sand is very abrasive and we have plenty (PLENTY) of rocks mixed in the arena and paddocks, there is also a lot of mud and soft pine needles which do not help very much. I also do not feel safe riding on our roadways and I am not a fan of lengthy trail rides, especially during tick season (with chigger season just around the corner). So until I win the lottery and buy my own farm complete with a paddock paradise and pea gravel and other good stuff, it looks like the trimmer's life for me!
|Left-hind: Three weeks of growth|
|Left-hind: Post-trim and ride|
|Right-hind: Three weeks of growth|
|Right-hind: Post-trim and ride|
The hoof wall is not as even all the way around the hind feet, which were clearly in need of a trim at three weeks. I just cannot go any longer than that during the summer. His heels are also not as big as in the fronts. I try to keep the toe back as best I can, but these hard-working hinds threaten to pull the toe forward, as evidenced by the extra wall at the toe pre-trim. On the other hand, the concavity of his hinds is enviable, in my opinion.
|Worth the effort!|