Saturday, November 01, 2008


We had 7 for Courtney to look at today. We had a couple that showed some White Line disease. One was Max the horse. I noticed his front hooves had developed vertical cracks. Not bad, but he had never had them before. Buddy Brat has a big chunk missing out of the side of his hoof. At first Courtney thought he had blown an abscess. But she thinks he probably banged it on a rock & a big piece chunked off since he was never lame. He also has some white line. We had so much wet weather this summer, she thinks that might be the reason.

I can't imagine the problems equines have that live in a climate with a lot of rain & wet ground to contend with on a regular basis. She said neither of them have it very bad, & of course we've pretty much dried out until January, so they will have plenty of time to dry out.

She was quite pleased with Jenny's feet. I told her Jenny was running & trotting yesterday, as she was trying to get rid of me, so she could stay in Burroland. Jenny has really come a long way since May of 2007, when she came here & was laying down 24/7. A woman that lives in the valley came by just as Jenny was getting trimmed. Her horse foundered on mesquite beans a few weeks ago & both coffin bones have penetrated the sole of his hooves. Right now he is laying down 24/7 & of course she has been told to put him down, by the vets. Courtney has been working with him, & was pleased with how he was doing today. Between him doing better & seeing how well Jenny is doing, I think Sue felt a little better about his situation. Hopefully he will continue to improve.

Chester got a trim & for the first time he stood still........ well...... relatively speaking. At least he didn't try to kick her head off again. I've been working with lifting his feet, but that isn't the same as actually doing something to them. But he did good. He's been off antibiotics for a few days, & so far so good.

Of course Lucy & Pepper got trimmed, as usual. Poor Lucy has flat feet & always will, so it's very important for her to be trimmed frequently. Pepper actually is self trimming, except for the fact that he walks like John Wayne. He kinda leans to the side all the time, which makes his feet grow longer on one side than the other.


Anonymous said...

Hi Trish,
I can tell you it is an ongoing battle here in the wet Pacific NW.
Our farrier bills are high. We currently have 10 donkeys, make that 11 ( we rescued a jenny 2 weeks ago). I really don't think the good Lord ever intended donkeys to live in this climate. I have always wanted to start a rescue/sanctuary for donkeys but in this part of the country it would be far too expensive. So we try and make a difference one donkey had a time. Kelley, Promise Place Farm

Tish said...

Hi Kelley:

I can imagine how messy the wet climate is. I was raised in the Midwest & had horses. I don't remember having hoof problems, but do remember riding in the winter thru slushy snow on top of mud. And balls of snow in hooves. Which can be a cheap thrill if you're riding across a road or on concrete.......!! (G)

You're right about the good Lord not intending them to be in your climate. They are a desert animal & seem to have other problems like rain rot too.

Sound like you're doing rescue already, even if it isn't "official".......!! (G)

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