In other hoof related news, I spoke with another barefoot trimmer near my area and she's coming out on Wednesday to do an evaluation on Lilly. I have an appointment for the following week with my usual trimmer for casting, but I might cancel that depending on what happens when this new trimmer comes out. I spoke with her at length on the phone about what's been going on with Lilly, possible causes, and possible solutions. She seems very knowledgeable and I'm really looking forward to our appointment.
Like my vet, she suggested a grazing muzzle as one possible option to help with Lilly's soreness issues. I hate the thought of muzzling my horse... I don't like the idea of her being turned out with something on her face, and I would worry about it rubbing her. I could reduce her turnout time to reduce the amount of grass she ingests, but she really needs to be out and moving around. It would do more harm than good to keep her inside for longer periods of time, so it sounds like a muzzle might be something that's in her best interests. Over the weekend, the horses were switched from night turnout to day turnout, so she'll be on drier pasture, but the sugar content of the grass she's now eating will be higher, at least for a while until it starts to die back with the cooler fall temperature. I'm sure a muzzle would help quite a bit. I'm trying to think of it as a NibbleNet for grass. I just wish it didn't have to hang on her face.
Anyone used a grazing muzzle before?