When we made our move to AZ I had said, "I am going to try one more thing with Sassy and if there is no improvement, call it quits."
Well here I am at that point where I said I was going to "Call it quits". She is not improving, she cannot even trot in a straight line without limping. I talked it over with TC and Simon, and we agreed that maybe it is time to just go ahead and let her go.
Then I read some more stuff on what Pete Ramey does for horses like her and it gave me hope again. If only I could find someone else who practices what he does. You would think in a city this size with as many horses as there are here, there must be someone who subscribes to the theory that "toe first landings are what cause the navicular degeneration, rather than the other way around." Because the one thing that is obvious about Sassy is her toe first landings. I need to find a way to make it comfortable for her to land heel first.
I did mention this to my current farrier. He disagrees. Doesn't make him a bad farrier, just means he believes in what he believes in.
So here I am...back to "one more thing" that I feel like I must try. So I am searching for the right farrier/trimmer. I wish I could just do it myself. I lack confidence in this area. I don't understand enough about the hoof yet to tackle this on my own.
I guess I need to start making some phone calls. I need to talk to these trimmers and see what they believe.
Interestingly enough, when you go to Pete's website and you click on the "find help in your area" tab. There is no one in AZ. Awesome.
Excuse me now while I go bang my head on the desk.