Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's that time of year when the horses start letting go of dead hoof they've been hanging on to. Here's Bella's hoof from the side, and you can see from the break that there's a lot of extra hoof that needs to come off. My hypothesis was that all the small black cracks would be gone when I was done. I was right.

From the bottom. Wow, what a lot of fun to be had with my nippers.
And a few minutes later, but not done. I had to pick up Katia so I hurried and didn't take more pics.
And yes, I know it looks like I neglect her hooves horribly, but I don't really. I don't pare out all of the rock-hard dead material throughout the summer, so now it's all coming out at once. And her hooves do grow pretty fast, so I admit I should be more on top of it than I am. I do what I can, and so far nobody is the worse for it...

I spent most of my day with Liam's class. What fun! Really, I'm not being sarcastic! I only wanted to pull my hair out once or twice. Mostly it was a blast, and I really enjoyed getting to know them all a bit better. They only got to do the small zip line but the other activities were super fun too, and some were very challenging. It was neat seeing the kids go from, "I can't," to actually doing it, several times, and being so proud of themselves. Here are a couple pics of my happy boy.

I'm off to bed so I can do more of the same tomorrow. Good night!

1 comment:

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Bella's feet look pretty good to me. Does she do some of her own self-exfoliation? I'm of the mindset that less is more and my farrier seems to agree. My mare's pasture is covered in rocks, and imbedded boulders, so she tends to do a lot of self-exfoliation and with our lack of moisture most of the year, her feet don't grow all that fast either.

Wow! That zip line with the red ball looks like fun! Did you join in, too?