I've decided I don't like it.
Well maybe I should rephrase that.
I have always wanted to go with boots for the boys rather than shoes but needed to get something on their feet and thought, "Well shoes can't hurt them too much right?"
I'm thinking I may have been wrong in that statement. Or atleast wrong when it comes to Trax. Killian actually seems to do really well in shoes. But again, his feet don't grow so who can tell for sure.
Trax on the other hand has hooves that grow like weeds. We put shoes on him, so now there is no natural wear down at all. His feet are looooooong!
Here they are 8 days ago when we went riding.
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Not the best pictures I know, and I wanted to zoom in on them but for some reason this computer I am doesn't have that option. Damn work computers!
Here is a picture from one of his last trims in WY
To me it looks like there is a huge difference.
The other thing that concerns me is that he has 2 different front feet. One grows rounder and the other grows taller. Well they did. They don't now. So I can't help but wonder if having the shoe on that one foot, which is forcing it to grow more up right like the other, is putting pressure on the internal workings of his hoof. I mean his feet grow the way they do for a reason, and he is sound with those mismatched feet. Am I running the risk of ruining that by forcing them to be symmetrical? It wasn't my intention with the shoes, but it is the end result.
The other thing I noticed is that his sole, which was always nice and hard before, is getting soft and chalky. I don't think that is a good thing. In fact I'm positive that it isn't.
I should probably mention that he is not lame in the metal shoes, so that is a good thing, but I am trying to look at the bigger picture here. Trax's feet, even being odd, were always pretty healthy, perhaps a bit dry at times, but over all not in bad shape. He was ouchie on the rocks of the desert which is what prompted the shoes in the first place.
So here is the thing. I've wanted to go to boots for him all along. But I was unsure of what I was doing, which ones to get, blah blah blah. So I wussed out and just threw some shoes on him.
So the farrier is coming out this week. I have made a decision. No more shoes for Trax. I will have him trimmed, measure him that day, and the next day when I get paid, go buy him boots. Luckily the closest boot store is 1/2 a mile away, that way if I get the wrong size...no biggie.
I admit I have no idea what I am doing with these boots, but I won't learn unless I start "getting my hands dirty" so to speak. Once I get things figured out on him, I will move on to the next horse.
So that's it. Jumping in, not necessarily with both eyes closed, because I am trying to be aware of all kinds of things, like if they rub on his legs, or if he can move easily in them, etc. But I do feel like I am taking a giant leap into unknown territory.
Not sure which boots I will go with yet, except that they will be Easy Boots. If anyone has any advice on the different models of Easy Boots, I'd love to hear it.