From Endurance to Dressage
Nothing funny here, just working on the crack in Izzy's hoof. When I wrote the post about the custom shoes my farrier created, I forgot to show how much better the crack in Izzy's hoof looked just by trimming and shaping the hoof.
If I hadn't taken these photos myself, I would not believe they were taken just days apart. How has the crack sealed itself closed at the bottom? I am amazed at what a farrier is able to do to clean up a hoof.
I don't have a way to measure, but it even looks as though the hoof is the same length from top to bottom in both photos. The flaring from the photo on the left has been removed, and the surface of the hoof wall has been smoothed by the rasp in photo two. So what happened to the crack?
My farrier returns in six weeks. I am wondering if the crack will be gone by then. I'll be sure to do a follow up post.
2/22/2015 12:46:37 am
I wonder if that crack is on the surface, and not all the way through. When he rasped the bottom to match the shoe, I'm guessing he rasped down to solid hoof, making the crack "disappear". Of course, I'm not a farrier, so that's just my guess. I'd love to know what your farrier says!
2/22/2015 08:35:58 am
I assumed it was a crack that didn't go all the way through as well, but it still amazed me what a little rasping can do. I don't think it's seedy toe as Jaime acted as though it had a physical cause (pancake feet) as opposed to a biological cause, but it's always good to get as much info as possible. Thanks for the suggestion. :0)
2/23/2015 09:20:29 pm
I feel pretty lucky to have him. :0)
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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