April 23, 2014

lame from a trim?

So, the farrier was out the other day. Normally she only does seven horses max, but she added my horse to the list to be done as well. Tess was desperate so I was thankful. I wasn’t able to be present when the farrier was there, but the only comment she made about my mares feet is that they were long. My mare has never been lame in the four years I’ve owned her. After her trim the other day, she is now lame. She was putting very little weight on her left front. Can a trim that is very short cause lamesness? I knew their feet are slightly tender after a trim but its been three days. If she is lame from a trim, what can I do to keep her more comfortable and to help speed the recovery process? I’ve had her on stall rest for a few days and I cold hosed her leg. I guess another horse at the barn had the same thing haooen and he abcessed. What can I do to prevent that? Thanks!

To Clip or Not to Clip?

So, I live in Maine, and the weather here is always changing. I trace clipped my horse back in oct/nov and her hair has basically grown back. The barn she was at was really cold and drafty, so I’m not surprised. I just moved her to a new barn last week, and now when I ride she is really sweaty. She is fairly out of shape, too, so that doesn’t help. But with the length of her coat, her hair wont dry. I’ve heard that you shouldn’t clip a horse any later than feb because you could ruin their summer coat if you do. But I want her to be comfortable while getting her conditioned. What should I do?

Novice level schooling Event.

So, I know its not our best picture with Tess’s Knees uneven and I could have a better release. Mostly it was my fault because neither of us were really fit enough for novice at that time, but going novice that day gave me a better idea of what I need to do for both of us to be fit. But shes really cute in this picture.
novice

Hunter show 2012

Not sure if this will work, but this was from a hunter show last summer. Low working hunter 2’9″. Getting excited for show season this year. Let me know what you think critique both. :) I hope it works.

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