This post will be a progress report for Lilly since her shoes were pulled and then I'll be all caught up!
Saturday: Her shoes were pulled, she was lightly trimmed and then turned out without her boots. She didn't show any obvious signs of discomfort when walking but we could tell her right front was bothering her for some reason.
Sunday: The BO called to let me know that Lilly was really sore and she gave her some bute with breakfast. I went over to the barn, put her boots on, complete with pads, and walked her into the barn for pictures. She was markedly better with the boots but she was still quite ouchy when I walked her across the gravel to get her into the barn. I took some pictures of her feet so I had to take the boots on and off a couple times and she was very resistant when I needed her to pick up her feet. It also became glaringly obvious how important it is for barefoot horses to keep moving when I took her out of the cross ties and walked her back out to the pasture. She was VERY sore when she first started walking, but was walking better and better the more steps she took. I turned her back out in the boots and she got more bute with dinner.
Monday: Lilly received some more bute with breakfast and was still wearing the boots. When I got to the barn I noticed she was standing in the corner of the pasture snoozing. I remember thinking, "Nooooo, you can't stop moving! Wake up!" When she saw me, though, she came walking over and she didn't walk gimpy at all. I was surprised! I took her boots off in the pasture so I could clean them and decided not to put them back on. This time Lilly was more than happy to pick up her feet so I could remove the boots. Quite a bit of progress in just 24 hours! I went back over Monday night and put her boots back on because she still seemed a little uncomfortable without them. I also changed her pads today to the white ones. Except for the dose of bute I gave her, she was a very happy girl.
|A happy barefoot pony!|
Here are the pictures I took of her feet today.
Left Front Hoof
Right Front Hoof
(I need to change my aperture a bit so I get a better depth of field for next time... oops!)
The plan for tomorrow is to take the boots off after breakfast and see how she does in the pasture without them. I think I'm seeing a little bit of rubbing with the right front foot, so I want to give her feet a break from the boots.
Oh yeah, and a random observance I find interesting is how the pads in Lilly's boots are wearing. The toe part of the pad is MUSHED and the heel part of the pad is still quite squishy. I take that to mean she's still walking on her toes, but I hope that changes soon. Once the boots are off I'll just have to try and watch how she walks since I won't have the pads to tell me.