First.. Set Backs... I've been beating myself up pretty badly since yesterday evening. My good friend whom I bought Bonnie from, as I mentioned before, is a Farrier. He would be my normal every 6 week farrier if he lived in Ohio, instead of Texas. Anyway.. he was in town this week for business and I asked him to come take a look at Bonnie for me.
.... and he saw what I missed
A small ridge between the frog and her toe. The ridge visually cannot be seen UNLESS you are sideways and away. NOT looking down from the top. The toe is also a bit too short, "just a tad" was his words. He closely inspected her feet, no thrush, no infections, only tender in that one spot. The other three were trimmed perfectly. So why the difference with this hoof? I'm still waiting on a call back from my farrier.
So now you understand why I'm beating myself up. I didn't see that ridge.. there is no pink, or discoloration to indicate a bruise. No heat, no swelling anywhere. She willingly walks \ trots even galloped across the field. But that was on grass not gravel or concrete.
I should not have ridden her... even if all I did was walk. It was very unfair to her. She now has at least 2 weeks most likely 3 weeks off from riding. Which will be to Rosie's dismay I'm sure. I'm also going to invest in some boots until I can get her shod. I checked for the Easy Walkers and the closest Farrier in their list is 50 miles away =(
And the steps...
BACKWARDS!!! no training stick, no pushing, no prodding. One tap on front of shoulder and jiggle lead rope. Rosie immediately picked up right foot and moved it backwards.. I'd only tapped once but kept jiggling and she took 5 steps back consistent pace. I was beaming!
Hind quarter yields left and right with just looking and marching at her hind end! My work is paying off I believe!
The barn is having a Ohio Horsemans Counsel Fun Show in September. I may enter Rosie in the English Pleasure class to just see how we do. Only problem is she is very hard to get into a canter which is typical for heavy drafts. Oh and I need tall boots and a hunt jacket. I wish I could find a local consignment shop for riding clothes.