So this past weekend we actually had our first "real" snow of the season, enough that we broke out the plow for the first time this winter. It is only a few inches but it is snow. And it was 10 degrees this morning but it is supposed to be 40 tomorrow. What a crazy winter so far.
Last Thursday I had my lesson on the App and it went....okay. Overall I was disappointed that we didn't work on anything new and I didn't get much feedback. On the flip side it was obvious that the App was a little off, not enough to not ride, and not enough you could really see it (without staring hard anyway), but enough I could feel it. She was most likely taking it easy on him as a result. We will try again in a couple of weeks and see how the next lesson goes.
So it turns out the TWH is lame due to a bruise or abscess in his outside heel bulb on his right front. I am leaning towards a bruise as he is getting better and was almost sound this am. He has been on bute since Wednesday afternoon and I will pull him off of it tonight. The App is lame though I am not sure the root cause. I have been reading Nic over in the UK, he does barefoot rehabbing and he has shown video stressing the importance of a heel first landing. So I took a slo-mo video of the App and what is happening? He is landing toe first on his left front. AH-HA!
I had the farrier out on Saturday for their normal trim and had him review everyone's feet pretty extensively. I am continually disappointed in how everyone's feet appear after the 6th week and this time was no exception. The App's left front was flared out on the outside and I didn't like how the bottom looked. His hind feet also were getting underrun heels. Again. I micro-managed the job and made him back the App's toes up and fix some things. He had me w/t/c the App on a lunge to see how he moved and he made some additional adjustments. Last night the App was still lame though he looked better this AM. On the plus side I got really good pics of the TWH's feet, both before and after, for comparision. This will hopefully be posted later today or tomorrow. The downside is I didn't get the same pics of the App's feet due to time. By the time I found the camera (it has been lost since summer) and thought of taking before pics, I ran out of time and only got the TWH's done. I have only 2 before pics of the App, both of his soles. I will take after pics, hopefully tonight, and post them as well. Hopefully someone can give some insight into how his feet look??
Not much else is new, I haven't ridden since Thurs due to 2 lame horses. I did get a lot done this past weekend as SO was out of town, I had the house fairly clean, the poo box dumped, water trough filled, wheel barrow wheel fixed, poo box fixed, hay filled and arena cleaned so Sunday was a truly relaxing day. I really don't get that much anymore, not without neglecting something else anyway. So...pics to come!