Hurricane Irene "ripped" through my area early this morning and we're still getting a lot of wind and some rain but we didn't suffer any major damage here. We never lost power but a lot of residents in this area did. I checked on Lilly and she is happy as a clam inside the barn. We decided that was the best place for the horses but the BO promised to put her back outside as soon as she thought it was safe.
I've been walking Lilly up and down the driveway at least 3 times per week for 20 minutes to harden the soles of her feet. I haven't had her boots on since we went for a ride and she seems to be doing really well. The BO said she saw Lilly running around out in the pasture on Thursday, so that's a good sign. I spoke to Rebecca about the chipping and the fact that her boots weren't fitting very well because of it. She had me send some pictures to her so she could see what type of chipping Lilly was having. She reassured me that it's all around the nail holes and it's to be expected. She also poked at me again about learning how to smooth out chips and rough edges between trimmings. She said it'll help keep the hooves from being damaged and it'll ensure her boots fit like they should. She said she might even be able to get me a used rasp so I don't have to purchase one. Cat is next on the list to come out so I'll see if she's willing to show me (I know she'll say yes) so I might be learning how to keep things looking nice here shortly. GULP
Rebecca also said that walking on the driveway will harden the sole, but walking in sand and even in her boots with the Happy Hoof pads will help increase blood flow and encourage the sole to grow. I was thinking the boots were more for helping her if she was sore, but I'm going to start rotating then into the rehab program as well so she can grow lots of hard sole!
In other news, tomorrow the BF and I are heading down to Miami so we can catch a ride on Majesty of the Seas for a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas (assuming they're still there when we get there). We're very excited and can't wait, even though it'll be the last real vacation of the summer.
I hope everyone has a great week and stay safe if you're in Irene's path!