Just wanted to let you know Callie and I went on our first trail ride without boots today. I wasn't planning on taking her over rocks since I didn't put the boots on but she made the first move and cut through the rocky desert without even flinching! It was the first time I've ever seen her walk on any rocky surface without limping! Thank you so much for helping her get her healthy feet back! I've been using the soaked cotton balls in her feet everyday and that's really helped with some of her sensitivity. She still has a ways to go before her feet are truly healthy, but she's coming along great thanks to your help :)
I studied off the Pete Ramie's DVD set which I found to be great worth
The money but when I looked at my horseís hooves all 10 them, not one
Looked like the ones on his DVDís. So I did the best I could but knew
I was missing something. I went searching and met with someone that
Recommended Asa to me. I reviewed her site and saw that she was from
the same school of thought, so I made an appointment for her to come
to our barn. I had no idea what I was in for. She came packed like
a bomb full of pertinent information, everything I needed and was
searching to know. She was so informative other boarders watched and
began asking questions. When she pulled out the domesticated and
feral hooves for us to study the difference, well that was all it
took, more and more people began getting interested. Two boarders
took their shoes off of their horses right then and there. When it
makes sense logic luckily takes over nonsensical tradition.
Well I thought I was going to be able to do all 10 horses but
Unfortunately my muscles were not prepared. It didn't matter because
we could talk non stop about hooves and when she left I was so full of
information to digest. OH and one of the best parts was her
introducing me to the grinder, another more up to date approach to
natural hoof care. I thought the horses would be spooky but she
showed me how to introduce the grinder and my most difficult case, my
mini stood calm and I believe she even liked it! That too makes sense
after all how great can the rasp feel, foot jerking vs. the grinder
gently vibrating away while the hoof rests gently in your hand?
Itís the first time in 3 years since I've owned Sierra that she could walk w/out a limp
the day after she was trimmed!
And she RAN~BUCKED~ & kicked up her heels last night.
When I went to clean & soak this am, she was a little stubborn, but it did
Not take a lot to get those huge hooves up!
I would just like to thank you for everything you have done for my Baby Boy. It has been two and a half, long, hard years of recovery for him. I am so happy with the tremendous progress that Baby has made and is continuing to make. He has gone from having size double 00 hooves when you took his shoes off, to now being in a size 1 Easy boot! I have finally been able to get him to gain weight, and actually keep it there, and his coat is, for once, shiny and beautiful. He no longer trips over his own feet, and I do not have any more lead problems either. Remember when he was getting 3 or 4 abscesses in each front hoof every few months (when the old ones healed, new ones were already forming)? Well, those have just about disappeared altogether. All of those long months of soaking and diapering (on his feet of course) were completely and totally worth it. I am so proud to have stuck it out all these years, and I could not have done it without your guidance, advice, and help. Thank you for always being available to answer any and all of my questions and for making the time to come out for all of Baby Boy and mineís emergencies! I appreciate everything you do, and for helping my horse to be healthy and happy. His depression is completely gone. Thank you again!
So I trimmed Trugger like you showed me, without being so scared, and he did have an amazing amount of dead sole I had left for so long. I probably could have removed more but I will see next time. His toe is shorter now and his heals still low, but best of all he is not tender on gravel roads anymore. He used to be tender footed on the gravel road and not want to trot or run down one. Now he is more than willing to move on the road for me. No more little bucks-I feel bad that his feet caused him that grief on that kind of surface till now. I am just happy I didn't reprimand him for it. I thought it was due to the bridle set up before. Thanks! That just supports all your evidence you have gathered! Priscilla