I started learning to trim in August of 2007 after Red got this pasture trim.
Red always came up lame after these trims and would hobble around for about 3 weeks. Sometimes it is this kind of trim that causes folks to think that their horse cannot go baref0ot. To keep the heels from growing too long the sole at the front of the foot is trimmed, usually flat as if for shoes. This takes away the horse's toe callous, thins the sole, and destroys whatever concavity the hoof may have established.
For the last eight weeks I have been using a heel bevel and trimming on a 1 1/2 week trim cycle. The heel bevel is described by Pete Ramey on his amazing DVD series Under the Horse (3rd disk). Years of shoeing had left Red's heels severely contracted and full of thrush/yeast infection. I think the heel bevel is helping us to turn the corner and finally his hoofs are starting to open. See pictures of my entire trim and read what folks have to say on my post over at the Horse City Hoof Forum.
A couple of evenings ago this trio greeted me at the gate: Jerico, Joe, and Red. No human words are necessary to translate the ensuing conversation. Guess which one is MY horse.
If you guessed the guy wearing the attractive piece of redwood in his forelock, you guessed correctly. The other fellow in front is my friend Joe who was hoping that I might spare a bit crunchy, carroty goodness for him (as I have been known to do, with his mom's permission, of course).
One day Steamer (on the left) and Jarvis were chilling in the general pasture and they had the mis fortune to meet up with Photoshop. The results were, er . . . interesting. Warning: This Sunday Stills Challenge can be extremely addicting.
The natural Steamer and Jarvis.
Steamer and Jarvis + Picasa Graduated Tint x 3.
Steamer and Jarvis + Photoshop Elements Glow.
Steamer and Jarvis + Photoshop Elements Poster Edges.
Steamer and Jarvis + Photoshop Elements Wind.
Steamer and Jarvis + Photobucket Effects Flourescent.
Steamer and Jarvis + Photoshop Elements Find Edges x 2.
Steamer and Jarvis + Photoshop Elements Glowing Edges.
Steamer and Jarvis + Picasa Saturation x2 + Photoshop Elements Glowing Edges with high "Smooth" adjustment.
Steamer and Jarvis + Picasa Saturation x2 + Photoshop Elements Glowing Edges with high "Smooth" adjustment and Accented Edges and too many others to even begin to remember.
With tentative hopefulness I congratulate my president on winning the Nobel Prize for Peace. President Obama, this is the second time in my almost six decades I have looked at my flag and felt something like optimism and pride. This is one tall order, bless you and may this gift guide and inspire you to continue your committment to CHANGE.
She loves to run in the general pasture yet shivers and shakes on the way there. Stella was once bullied by a pony named Elsie and ever since is very nervous about those large, dog hating, sharp hoofed equines.
This is Steamer. He is a mustang, a hardy soul, who lives in the general pasture.
Steamer and his friend Jarvis are investigating the new, funny colored thing by the redwood stump. Is it a strange colored bump on the log? Is it something good to eat? How did it get there? What could it be?
Poor Stella is trying so very hard to be small and invisible. Maybe if she doesn't breathe, the dog-eating horses will think she is another bit of wood and leave her alone. My poor girl!!!! She was being very, very brave while Steamer and Jarvis gave her a thorough sniff over.
Each day has been so precious - all 365 of them. At breakfast with a friend we spoke with appreciation of how our time here is finite. All the more vital to fully experience each blessed moment - the ups and downs, the glory, the kindness, the challenges. May each of you be touched by many blessings on this Monday.