A hoof-growth EXPLOSION!!!
My horse's feet grow at a snail's pace all winter long. I inspect his feet regularly and ask myself if a trim is necessary. Most of the time (during the winter only) I put his foot back down and decide that he can go another week. Sometimes I just touch up the bars. I can wait four and even five weeks at times to do a complete trim without issue or much sweat. This winter has been no different.
Usually the first spring trim sneaks up on me. I become complacent and lackadaisical, because he puts out so little hoof for months and then all of the sudden there is flare popping up at the quarters and I have a long arduous trim ahead of me. I cannot let that happen this year.
Let me repeat.
I CANNOT let that happen this year.
I will be forming a preemptive strike this week, because I am off for Spring Break. The pictures in this post are from a couple weeks ago. I have already noticed that the bars on his front feet are starting to pick up speed. He is getting a touch-up trim this week no matter what!
|Left front: Hoof photos are taken fast and furious these days. Some will be blurry!|
|Right front: This frog is having the hardest time with the mud. Those deep crevices are not good. I have opened them up a bit with my knife and have been cleaning and treating every time I see him. He does not show any soreness, thankfully.|
|Show-off: He always poses when I try to photograph his hind feet.|
|You're looking less woolly these days, Mr. Harley!|
|Harley's feet are not the only things growing this spring! My feathered friend pictured here is Avery.|