So, Jeremiah was out today to trim the girls' feet and Kola was acting up a bit, usually she is real good and she shed a frog as Jeremiah was working on her and he found a deep crack in her heel behind the frog which was tender, although she hasn't shown any obvious lameness issues. This is what he suggested I do three times a week for a couple of weeks.
Buy this stuff and clean the hoof crack and squirt in about a half of tube. He swears by it.
So after my trip to TSC, I armed myself with these items, a 20cc syringe with warm water and a tube of "Today", and a clean rag to clean this crack out. Oh and a hoof pick.
I also armed myself with these irresistible treats and a few fresh carrots. I didn't do a fantastic job of cleaning that mud out, but after chatting with Mrs.Mom over at Oh Horse Feathers and a good suggestion of using the hose to clear it out, I suspect Thursday's clean out will go a little better.
And since I had it planned this anyway and had started the cleaning of their shelter before Jeremiah got here, I finished the job.
And if you think it still looks bad, well, you should have seen it before. Unfortunately, in the frozen tundra area, we must wait until it all thaws before we can clear it here outdoors. I think I must have hoisted about eight wheelbarrows total out of here and onto my Neighbor's field.
And while I did that, they did this and enjoyed a few hours of pasture time.
And Mina gorged herself on hoof cookies. I actually started out with a tank top under a sweatshirt, with a zip up sweatshirt over that and a puffy winter vest over that. By the time I had finished, I was down to my tank top.
Stephen and I actually made it to the Horse Forum tonight as well. I wanted to hear one of my favorite Vets speak on gastric ulcers in horses. We actually learned a lot. One of the studies coming out of California suggests that horses tend to do better on a more alfalfa hay. I was always under the impression that sensitive tummies did better on a more grassier hay. Funny enough, when Steve and I thought about it, since I've switched to the 70/30 grass-alfalfa mix from the 50/50 grass-alfalfa mix, I've had more issues with Kola's sensitive tummy. So tomorrow I will order my less expensive 50/50 mix. The biggest thing with cutting stomach acid down in horses is their saliva produced while eating, why its important to keep it coming. So while we were talking with Tracy, the Vet, she didn't have the "why" to the alfalfa hay doing a better job, but we sort of surmised that perhaps it's an increase in saliva during the chewing process because alfalfa in generally more stemmy. Makes perfect sense to me.