The good news is, we're making great progress with her hooves, so all my hard work is paying off.
I'm still fighting the seedy toe, and she has quite a bit of separation on all four hooves. Add to that the tenderness she had with her front hooves, their overall crappy condition, and it makes for a lot of work for me and my trimmer.
Even though it's mid December, Lilly is still on a four week trim schedule. There's always something to trim or address at each appointment, so we've been keeping her at four weeks. My trimmer was out on December 2nd because Lilly's seedy toe hole had started to crack since her previous appointment, so she was trimmed then, and my trimmer came out again today, for our usual four week appointment.
I was pretty excited by the changes I was seeing in her hooves in the 10 days since Lilly had been trimmed, and I was curious to see what C would say. We were both pleasantly surprised by all the sole growth we're seeing, and how Lilly seems to be shedding the bars on her own these days. To me, that means she's not needing them nearly as much for comfort as she has in the past, so she's ready to let some of it go.
C is a 'less is more' kind of trimmer, which I love. She lets the hooves tell her what to do, and this seems to be the key to getting Lilly's hooves where they need to be. The changes since she started coming out in September have been amazing. Here's are some side view pics from her first trim on the 18th of September, and then after today's trim:
|Left front on 9/18|
|Left front on 12/12|
|Right front on 9/18|
|Right front on 12/12|
For a sole comparison, here are a couple pictures of her left front hoof. The first one was taken after her first trim with C on September 18th, the second one is prior to our trim today (and after only 10 days post trim from December 2nd), and the last one is post trim.
|Left front sole from 9/18|
|Left front sole from today before her trim but only 10 days since her last trim|
|Left front sole from today post trim|
Her left front hoof doesn't look quite as "jacked up" (that's a technical term) when viewing it from the front, her hairline is more relaxed, and the new growth coming in looks fantastic. If I could just get rid of that damn seedy toe, we'd have some classy looking hooves.
|Seedy toe... I hate you.|
|The rest of the story...|
Other than that, things are fairly quiet. I haven't ridden her in a really long time, because I'm slightly afraid I'll do something to mess up all this progress. Right now her hooves are healing, her body is healing, and I'm not trying to mess with the zen thing we have going on. At this point, there's really no need to ride... I'll give her some more time and start back up in late winter, early spring once we're really where we need to be. Until then, she can chill out and enjoy life in her pasture. She's really good at that. :)
|Just enjoying life.|
For now, I leave you with pictures of my Rylee. She's so sweet, so smart, and I love her to pieces.
|Here she's being adorable...|
|Here she's being regal...|
|And here she's asking if she can please have the treat for being so good.|