Well, this weekend has left me with a lot to think about.
I am humbled.
I am grateful.
I am determined.
I am humbled by horses, who give us so much even though they are in pain and we don't know it.
I am grateful to the people who developed the ABC Hoofcare system that allows the average person to confidently map and trim their own horses, and for those who study in depth with them and bring their knowledge to share with us. I am grateful to Tara for agreeing to travel over 13 hours on winter roads to come to Creston to teach us.
I am determined to learn to recognize problems with my horses feet and to trim them properly to alleviate their discomfort and pain and to prevent escalation into major problems.
We were a diverse group, 7 ladies and one man, but we all wanted the best for our horses.
We worked together in pairs, sharing the tidbits we picked up from our classroom session on Friday; everyone remembered something that helped the other person, and teamwork was the order of the day.
The thing that I really took home from this clinic is the importance of trimming the bar. It is made of hard keratin, as compared to the soft keratin of the sole. If left unchecked, it can migrate over the sole, and being harder can push on the internal structures of the foot.
We were too busy for me to get a lot of photos. I have plenty of things to try to remember, and just getting in hands on with my horses while it's all fresh in my mind will help.All the mares got their front feet done, but like Tara said, go back in a day or two and check for changes and do touch ups.
We will be hosting another clinic in the late spring, so we have all winter to apply what we learned this weekend.
Hopefully, our horses will have better feet.