It’s February, and I just got around to taking down the Christmas lights. I mean, just, as in, ten minutes ago.
I tend to procrastinate. A bit.
It sometimes carries over to my hoof trimming duties. In a perfect world, I trim Mimi every 2-3 weeks. That way, I don’t have to ever take off too much at one time.
But sometimes, it gets pushed out to four weeks.
And then I have to deal with this:
|Ack…toes. And Pony Heels. Front hoof.|
|On the surface, they’re not too bad. Underneath? Ew. Winter Feet.|
|Hind hooves. More heels. Not seen is the side flare.|
Ever seen the movie, “The Neverending Story”? Great movie if you like fairy tales. Which I do. But I digress. The point of that is that keeping up on Mimi’s heels is my own personal Neverending Story. Just when I get it under control, it starts all over again…
And she still has a weird growth line on the right side, just in front of her heel area, where she blew out that abscess. Y’know, a year and half ago.
Deep frog clefts, made all the worse because it’s really difficult to get in there and trim down her bars, even with my handy little bonsai trimmers. Part of me has become compulsive about wanting to get all that crap outta there, since I don’t want a repeat of the abscess incident, which I suspect was caused by something getting up under those bars.
White line. We have separation. Part of that is coming from the fact that she lives in a stall for part of the day and enjoys walking through her pee spots.
Bit I think a lot of what I’m seeing is the post-vaccine detritus that comes out in their hooves. Shots given in late October…about three months later…yup, that’s probably the worst of the post-vaccine natural reaction finally growing out. But that’s worthy of an entirely separate blog post and why I reluctantly given only the very necessary vaccines these days.
But after I got off my procrastinating duff, we got this:
|Fronts. Toes seriously dubbed back. Heels lowered. A bit too
low, since she was a little ouchy. Impatience + procrastination
don’t make good trimming buddies.
|Right front. White line tighter. Little less stuff crammed in there.
Ignore the weird chunks out of her frog. My bonsai nippers are
like mini half-rounds and nip out little half-moon chunks.
|Hinds. Not as dramatic, unless you look from the front, where
it is Flare-B-Gone.
Only negative was, as I said, she did get a bit ouchy in the following days. Which makes me feel bad, even if I know she’s a bit of a pain-wimp. It is my first time making her ouchy in the two and half years I’ve been trimming her, so I guess that’s something. And with our concrete-hard winter pasture right now, it’s understandable why she might be feeling all the little rocks and pebbles.
“The Princess and the Pea”, anyone???