Autumn Lately

*log monster!!!*

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Betcha thought that was Sheza ^^. Nope, a nearby endurance riding buddy, C, is raising a chestnut filly of her own, and Blaze, Sheza, a friend and I joined them for a quite entertaining cruise at the lake last weekend. We had some hesitation in loading from Sheza and a dramatic high speed reverse exit from the trailer at the lake, which prompted re loading and polite unloading practice, but otherwise it was a grand outing.

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Sheza youngster face

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C and I both hiked a warm up, rode a few walking miles along the river,and hand walked our girls through the awesomely terrifying train tunnel on the way out and back. My friend piloted Blaze as our calming influence for the fillies and it worked perfectly. The girls were pretty tense in the cold echoey, graffiti covered tunnel on the way out, but noticeably more businesslike in their march back through a few miles later.

rider up!

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weary working filly 😉

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Amongst trim and boots appointments the next week, our Shepherd pup Jazzy got spayed and microchipped. It was a very smooth transaction all the way around and she has healed beautifully. I’m always relieved to tick that bit of young dog business off the list!

woe is Jazzy

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some dignity restored a few days later

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Seeing a friend and boot client’s steed move out beautifully in all 4 boots recently gave me an itch to experiment with hind hoof protection on Blaze again, and so I did. For background, Blaze is a bit base narrow and has an old what I can only surmise is interference scar on the inside of his left hind fetlock. I always found that he interfered, shod or booted, in the past, so I ride him up to LD distance bare in the hinds with splint boots, as I have noticed that even bare if he starts to tire he’ll whack that spot.

Bootwise, the Viper model of Renegades is slightly more streamlined than the Originals and I had used a credit to get Sheza some Vipers recently that I thought just might fit Blaze’s hinds. After a quick trim, sure enough the two sizes I had bought her were just right for him and with a quick cable adjustment, I booted Blaze on all 4, with splints, and went for a 10 mile solo cruise.

children in the woods! And humans say there aren’t critters in the shadows

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While 4 boots did not magically make Blaze a stellar walker, nor fix his distracted, somewhat graceless way of going in said walk–they did put rocket fuel up his butt for the first hill we approached! He trotted out nicely in them on a few warm up stretches but when we reached the fairly substantial Visitor Center hill he literally leaped from a walk to a canter and, with some encouragement in carriage from me, speedily ate up a hill that he usually trudges up.

xmas booties..hah!

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We had a great ride, but I did notice that he chewed up the lower part of his splint boots pretty thoroughly. No marks on the Vipers, just the protective boots. Hmmm. Food for thought for a few days.

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We did finally get some real October weather, and aside from a day or two bump, are luxuriating in it still. We had some sprinkles last week and there’s a whisper of rain in the coming forecast, shh, don’t scare it away. Hoof trimming is a bit more fun again with some moisture, let’s be honest, summer hooves are merciless!

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RC Aurora, 2 yrs 3 months..

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..and not overly concerned with table manners

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Because things come in 3s or so I hear, I had yet one more tire drama this past week. I took my trusty old Orange diesel Ford in to a previously helpful Big O Tires for front tires and alignment and got back front tires and–a $3500 estimate on repairs that “must” happen for safety and to even be able to align the truck. Eyebrows were raised and the truck was transferred to our usual mechanic, who returned the truck driving safely and nicely the next day for $400. Second opinions are clearly worth it these days!  *headshake*

Now we find ourselves back to the Blaze and hind hoof protection experiment. One of my trimming mentors shared a theory on Blaze’s interference online, based on her experience with a gelding who would appear balanced in a trim but then walk away landing more to the outside on a hind hoof, and would then interfere until that was corrected. I hit on that theory with interest because I had noticed Blaze walk away from what I thought was a balanced trim landing more to the outside just the day before. His fronts needed a clean up anyway so I went after his hooves pretty thoroughly before our next outing with trail buddies W and Aqua.

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a solid conditioning ride for the boys

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I didn’t solve the interfering issue, unfortunately, and with a brisk 14 mile ride including cantering sets, Blaze had interfered thoroughly enough to make his scarred leg a bit ouchy to the touch at the end. Humm. I can’t swear I nailed the trim theory, and will be working at it again, but I also probably won’t be subjecting him to hind boots very often in the meantime! He had a thorough warm bath and some Sore No More on his legs after that ride and is having a few days off. His back seems great with the Solstice still, though I’m having my chiro out for a herd check today so we’ll see if that reveals anything in anyone.

That’s about it for now. I hope that those who are graced with it are enjoying this fabulous weather.

sunset

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sunrise

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3 thoughts on “Autumn Lately

  1. Interfering hind hooves and boots = gah! 😛

    My older pony has been difficult to boot behind due to being base narrow behind. Additionally, he twists whatever boots he has on… but they twist to a certain point and then stop, so I’ve gotten used to the idea that he wears crooked back boots. (He doesn’t do serious distances anyway).

    One interesting, but ultimately not particularly constructive, lightbulb moment I had was when I switched to different coloured boots (originally he was in Gloves all round, when they only came in black). He kept savaging the medial side of his hind boots and I figured that the hind hooves were hitting each other. BUT… the transferred colours (which colour, where, pattern) made me realise that the medial side of the rear boot was in fact interfering with the lateral side of the front boot (in trot). Which is an interesting achievement for a horse with such a long back.

    It was at about this point in time that I kinda threw my hands up in the air with trying to get him going in back boots without SOME sort of issue, and instead just figured if they stayed on and he didn’t destroy them TOO often… well, slightly twisted back boots, weren’t such a drama, right? I’ve had him in Renegade Classics on the front and Glove Wides on the back for about three years now without too much issue. Well, actually, with a whole lot less issue than I read about on some booted endurance-type rider blogs, tbh! (With the caveat that he rarely does anything like that distance anyway).

    But of course, we can never leave well enough alone, so yesterday I tried my new pony’s new Vipers on for size and they didn’t fit horribly… and I got a short but active ride in and came home without issues. So I’m wondering if I can get him out of the Gloves maybe??? Hahaha, oh dear! I prefer Renegades but have stuck with the Gloves behind to reduce interference, since they have less bulk than Renegade Classics. Plus the Gloves aren’t as hard or sharp, so when they did interfere it was a little less violent, lol. But I am lucky that he interferes at the boot/hoof level, not on his legs (replacement boots are expensive but legs are priceless).

    Anyway, that is a long and confused story that is completely unhelpful for you, except to say that I feel your pain! 🙂

    I agree that getting the trim worked out is important though. I’m not a trained trimmer so I don’t really know what I’m doing but it ended up so that I trim his inside heels/wall back as much as I can and leave the outside heels a little bit longer (it was what his hoof needed for balance anyway). Since I’ve been doing this, he doesn’t seem to stand as base narrow, nor travel as close behind (he doesn’t actually interfere behind in the Gloves anymore, nor in the Vipers yesterday, but did in Renegade Classics when I tried them, cos we try, ya know?). This makes me think that part of why he was standing so base narrow was to relieve inside heel pressure (because his inside heels were too long). I’m hoping to get another of my trimmer friends to start mentoring me again with his hooves, so it will be good to get her experience eye on it again 🙂

    Oh, and the other thing I wanted to say is that I am convinced that the right boot not only interferes less because it has less bulk, but because of how it allows the horse to move. As I’ve been able to get him into better-suited boots, he has moved in a smoother way. All boots unavoidably affect the hoof breakover (some more than others) , so finding a boot that gave him a better breakover (once the boot was twisted to where it stays) seemed to help the cleanness of his movement (I noticed this most when Glove Wides came out because they fit so much better than standard Glove sizes).

    But I have to say that this didn’t miraculously happen with different boots (or even with the trim). I guess he was used to moving a certain way and it took a while to learn/realise he could move differently. Hang in there! 🙂

  2. this weather is perfect to ride in, love the not-Sheeza log monster moment, really did think it was her! As for hind boots, well, I gave up, but I admit I didn’t try very hard (still need to have you look eventually). Major does fine without them, though I preferred the extra protection, especially after the one year when a stone bruise led to an abscess!

    And all your creatures look lovely, love the new pup, but the old one just steals my heart with her gray old muzzle…

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