So I got to work and now I know how my trimmer feels when it's hot as blue blazes outside and she's rasping like crazy. I had sweat dripping everywhere! It's time for a new rasp and a pair of nippers for real!
The first thing I noticed when I started in with my hoof knife was that Lilly's soles were very strange looking. I always lightly run my hoof knife over her sole to knock down the high spots and when I did, giant patches of sole fell off. I've never seen such a thing in real life and assumed this is the false sole I hear everyone talking about... were her soles exfoliating?
Unfortunately, since I wasn't planning on doing hoof care today, I didn't have my camera with me. Attempts with my iPhone camera turned out awful, so I gave up. I've seen some pictures of horses with false sole and there are huge cracks, but Lilly's looked more like thin layers laying over each other. Similar to this picture I stole from Progressive Horse:
|Flaky, false sole.|
So did I screw up by taking it off, or is it okay to remove the pieces that come off easily? She only had the false sole on her front hooves and not her hinds, so I'm curious as to why it was there. Is it a good thing, or something that indicates I'm not doing something right? We had a few straight weeks of nothing but hot, dry weather, and then it rained for about four days straight. Could something like that have caused the flaky sole?
She was a bit of a booger while I was trimming her, but she seemed happy and content when I was done, so I wonder if it was bothering her?