Friday, 29 January 2010
Its exactly 2 months since Paul arrived, and he has been a great success. He celebrated his 2 month anniversary by having a visit from his fans, and we went out on a nice hack during which he twice decided to blast from the back to the front, overtaking Charlie and Bailey, who were also cantering, with some determination :-)
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Friday, 22 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
There has been lots of discussion about the "wild hoof" on UKNHCP. Its too long to go into here, but if you are interested you can find it at http://uknhcp.myfastforum.org/about1451.html
Monday, 18 January 2010
Friday, 15 January 2010
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Friday, 8 January 2010
This a big question for anyone who has or wants to have a performance horse. There is endless discussion about what makes good hooves; foot balance, nutrition, genetics, environment - the list goes on.
In "Feet first" we tried to give practical advice based on what we knew was effective for most horses but at the same time we are constantly learning new twists and refining our practices.
Equally, horses being horses, there will always be exceptions who break the rules and need different solutions. Its something I talked about recently in http://rockleyfarm.blogspot.com/2009/10/dont-lose-sight-of-horse.html
All this means that if you want to assess whether hoofcare is a success for a particular horse, you have to look at the outcome, not the process.
If your horse is capable of a high level of performance, week after week and season after season, and if their level of performance is improving rather than deteriorating, then that horse's hoofcare is a success - simple as that.
Conversely of course, if thats not happening, then maybe something needs to change...
Thursday, 7 January 2010
On Tuesday we had a couple of inches of snow, and because of the hills only 4WD trucks could get around up here...
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
...think he is probably right :-)
Barney on the track - a bit impassable due to the drifts!
Luckily the yards and fir woods are still fine...
...allowing the horses plenty of room to let off steam (!)
Think we are playing catch up with the rest of the country after being fine for the last 3 weeks...
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Monday, 4 January 2010
Paul a month later, much sounder and back in work. You can see how much hoof he has grown already from the change in angle below the coronary band.