|Right hind: Barely anything to trim off the bars. You can see where I gently scraped the sole medial to the frog.|
|I also felt like taking a picture of Harley's hind end muscles, although he told me that this makes him feel like a piece of meat...|
|...so I took another picture of his cute face, too. I can never have enough!|
The bar trim took about five minutes for all four feet. Once I put his feet down and began talking to a friend, Harley started to yawn over and over again. He yawned about six times in a row! Some horses offer releases like this quite frequently, like after a ride or after a massage, but Harley is not quite as expressive in this area. He will stretch and flex and do whatever is asked of him, but he is a tough nut to crack when it comes to visible releases. He tends to get really fidgety with his mouth and face instead: sticking his tongue out, crossing his jaw, doing the Flehmen response (horse smile), pulling halters off the wall, shoving the fan or garbage can...
More than one person has said that he has ADD. I just think he is hyper-vigilant, something that comes from being an alpha horse. Oh and let's not forget, curious. And nosy. And a ham.
Okay, you get the point.
Harley yawning like that tells me that having his bars groomed felt very nice. This confirms for me that he did in fact want them trimmed and that his feet even felt better after I helped remove the material that was trying to come off. I used to never trim his bars and just let nature do her job, but I found over time that his bars became laid over and overgrown. Now, I try to help when it looks like my help is needed. I appreciate it when Harley gives me some feedback indicating that he is happy with my plan.