There has been one nagging issue with her right front, though. Cat noticed it when we walked Lilly on the rocks before we even took the shoes off, so we're pretty sure it wasn't caused by removing the shoes, but it is definitely more noticeable now. She is much more comfortable when the boots are on, so I think it is in her foot and not in her leg, shoulder, or back, but it's definitely possible. It could be a combination of all things just finally getting to her and she just needs some time.
I've got the boots back on her now (since they fit again, and filled with Gold Bond powder) and I'm going to leave her in them for a couple days and see how she does. X-rays are possible in the future, as well as a lameness exam by my vet who would probably do some nerve blocking to locate the source of the discomfort. I'm not terribly worried about it yet since I know her body is going through a lot of changes, but I'll keep my eye on it. I'm worried that my vet might simply tell me to put shoes back on...
But back to the trimming, Cat and I chatted for a while about her feet, what's been going on with the chipping, the abscess, the boots, and how I wanted to learn how to use the rasp in between trims. She was more than happy to show me how to use the rasp and what to take off between trims. After briefly looking at her feet, she started trimming and I was pretty much in her face the whole time asking questions and being as annoying as possible. Cat's super nice, though, and she spent quite a bit of time showing me what she was doing and why.
She started by trimming the bars. She pointed out where the bars should end, and used her hoof knife to cut them down to sole level beyond where she said they should stop, but the parts of the bar in the correct area weren't touched. She said Lilly was growing bars to protect her sole, but pointed out where Lilly had some calluses on her sole around the toe, so she said we were making progress there. She didn't touch the frogs or the sole at all but ran her hoof knife over both areas briskly to see if there was any flaking which she said might indicate an issue.
I was asking her about thrush and she said she saw what she thought was a teeny bit of infection in Lilly's central sulcus. She dug around a bit with her "pokey tool" but Lilly didn't show any discomfort. In all four feet, though, she squirted her anti-infection concoction in the sulcus just in case.
Next she used her nippers to trim away the hoof wall, flat to the sole, pointing out how the insensitive laminae was nice and tight in her hooves (especially the back ones) and noted how she didn't see much flaring at all. She also nipped the heels, which I was concerned about, but she said was necessary to make sure that the heel grows down like it should rather than forward like it had been in the past.
After the nippers, she busted out the rasp and went to town cleaning everything up and rolling the toe. She didn't touch the outside of the hoof with the rasp at all. Overall, she thought Lilly's feet looked pretty good. She said the heel bulbs are still quite squishy and they really need to firm up (which might be what's causing her to be a bit off) but that will take more time.
I didn't take photos of her back feet because those are already good to go, but Cat said they looked really nice. She had some serious bars, though, and it was a bit of work to get those trimmed to where they needed to be. I was pretty impressed with how concave her back feet are compared to her front feet. Perhaps I'll snag some pictures of them next time I'm out just to have.
I took the following pictures outside, which I thought was a grand idea, but they didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. Too many shadows and dark spots, so I really had to manipulate the contrast, brightness levels, and exposure, which made the colors a little funky. I was trying to make all the shaded areas visible, so hopefully these pictures show enough detail.
|Front of the fronts... Cat said she thought she saw a little bruising here.|
|Left front, lateral view.|
|Left front, medial view.|
|Left front heel.|
|Left front, sole view.|
|Left front heel, view 1.|
|Left front heel, view 2.|
|Right front, lateral view.|
|Right front, medial view.|
|Right front heel.|
|Right front, sole view.|
|Right front heel, view 1.|
|Right front heel, view 2.|
I'm very curious to hear everyone's opinions and comments. Also, please correct me if I'm using the wrong terminology because I want to be a hoof nerd too! :)