I cropped it and lightened it some, and adjusted the color some.
I wish that piece of equipment wasn't right behind his nose. Sort of ruins the shot.
Here is the original again
Today Simon and I discussed the reality that Sassy may never be sound again, and the fact that I am going to have to put some sort of time limit on her recovery time. I had told him six more months, but the longer I think about it, I think a year is more accurate. I assured him that I would do everything in my power to help her get sound, but if she doesn't, then we will have to sell her to some one looking for a nice brood mare. I assured him that she would only go to a good home. It was a hard conversation to have with him, and of course tears followed, but when I take into consideration that he doesn't even do much of anything at all to help care for her, it seems like a logical option. He wants the horse, but he doesn't want to do any of the work to take care of her, and it is not fair to her or me. On the other hand I look at this little mare and I see a horse with a ton of potential, whether it be for him, or for me. She is beautiful, well balanced, soft, eager to please, very cowy, athletic, a smooth ride...all the things most people look for in a horse.
I've been looking at her front feet lately and trying to apply some of the knowledge I have learned from other blogs. Are her toes too long? Does she really have a broken coffin bone? The xrays were only mildly conclusive. Did the corrective shoes help her or hurt her more? I think the first set helped, but after that we couldn't seem to get back to that same design. The second and third set seemed to cause more discomfort than anything. Is the problem really something different? Is it just a matter of time...lots and lots of time? I just don't know. I wish I had a little more faith in the veterinary community in Casper. Even more, I wish there was a vet and farrier that worked in conjunction with each other in Casper. Sadly we are still in the dark ages in WY.
I guess none of these are questions I have to answer today. For now I just need to keep forward with my commitment to help return her to soundness, whether it be with a new vet, more stall rest, or just more time. I'm going back to having Jay do all my trimmings, all of my horses seem to better under his care. (Its pretty bad when the best barefoot trimmer in town isn't even a farrier.) He said he will come next weekend and take care of the ones who are in need. When he comes I can discuss with him what he thinks my next step should be.