Speaking of looking good... I am head over heels in love with my horse's heels! (Heh... get it?) I took a bunch of pictures in preparation for tomorrow's visit from my trimmer. I'm a 'before and after' freak, so I wanted to have some from right before her trim. I decided not to post them because the trim itself is what I'm most excited about (I'll post those tomorrow), but check this out:
|Butt crack free!|
It's as if I have a new horse. It's the horse I always wanted, and the horse I knew I had, but I just couldn't figure out how to get her past certain issues that were always a problem for us. It absolutely must have been hoof pain/heel pain/back pain... the shoes are off and now she is SO happy and SO relaxed. I wish I had started with the hooves instead of seeing them as a last resort when all else failed. :(
I've been sticking to my riding routine and we've been working every other day. I modify things as necessary, but I really enjoy the routine because it gives me a plan and goals to work toward during our ride. This picture is from a few weeks ago, but I wanted to include a picture of my happy girl.
At the risk of sounding like someone from the barefoot nazi club, HOLY CRAP! In 2 short months, I have completely changed my way of thinking about shoes and how they can impact a horse. Sometimes what we think is best for our horses is not really what's best for them, and I will do everything in my power to avoid putting shoes back on her hooves, even if it means never showing again. I've caused her to endure painful hooves long enough.