Trigger's hoof is continuing to heal at an absolutely glacial pace, haha. Logically I know how long it takes for hoof to grow out, but mentally I am still struggling with how slow it is, ugh. I was going back and forth all week about calling the vet to come look at it again, but I had a farrier appointment scheduled for yesterday so I figured I'd pick my farrier's brain about it a bit and then bring in the vets if necessary after. My biggest question was WHEN CAN I TURN THIS MF-ER OUT AGAIN WITH NO HOOF WRAP, because trying to keep a wrap dry in Missouri in March is... not possible. Particularly as we headed into five straight days of rain where they were calling for between 4-6" total for our area.
|At least it's making the grass green? Which was a reminder to order new breakaway halters for the girls so I can get their muzzles set up for the year.
Random hoof photos from the last six weeks, because new Blogger won't insert them in the order I select anyway (HATE) and they all look sort of the same so it's not like I can organize them just by looking, lol.
|The bat cave
|The durasole makes it all look so... purple... haha.
|THIS GIVES ME ANXIETY UGH
I did ask my farrier if he'd ever used Keratex hoof putty, since that was an option suggested to me by a friend as a way to seal up the hole and keep mud out of it that was way less labor intensive than the constant duct tape boots. He didn't seem impressed with the idea, but offered an alternative option if I wanted more worry-free turnout (although let's be real, I'm ALWAYS going to worry. It's what I do. Neurotic is my middle name).
|Me, internally: wait wait WHAT ARE YOU DOING JESUS CHRIST
My farrier, knowing me well enough to know when I'm freaking out: Do you trust me?
Me: I DON'T KNOW PROBABLY
|He resected a portion of the exterior hoof wall (that was already cracked, crumbly, and generally just really shitty)
|He was very careful to leave all the live sole alone while clearly showing me that the original injury had grown out and all the garbage-y looking bits were just dead pieces.
|Voila. A horse that can be turned out again with no boot.
Of course, while I was waiting for the farrier to show up, I had already made a duct tape boot, so I went ahead and threw it on him (because let's be real, I can't undo all my neurotic tendencies overnight lol), but instead of my normal 5-layer concoction, I just did the duct tape, a little vet wrap, and a little more duct tape protection at the toe. Baby steps. Once I cut that one off I'll try really hard to let him go out naked #progress