This is Sea. An Arab mare about 15. Rescued and the owners have been trying to rehab her feet, but during the past year or so, even they got a little behind in her hoofcare. A farrier was called in to trim her at one point, but was adviced not to do too much at once.
This is the inside of her right front foot (taken from her left side so I was shooting from underneath her body).
This is her left front.
Solar view of right front.
Solar view of left front. You can see from solar views that she had likely she suffered from Pedal Osteitis at one point.
After I explained that not doing enough with her trim was detrimental to helping her get better. The owner was okay to let me do what I felt was best for the horse after hearing the analogy of our fingernails. I told her that when our fingernails get long, the growth of nail past the nailbed is no longer connected to anything. If we walked on our long finger nails, it would put pressure on the connection of nail to finger until separation of the two occurred and how painful would that be?!
Left front - trim is nearly finished for today.
Left front lateral view.
Right front. Pictures taken just before I added a few finishing touches. Sea was getting a little antsy.
These trims are fun for me. I love the challenge and the obvious changes I can make in just a short time.
This is a cute little mare and she was fairly cooperative with her feet, but I didn't want to push it with her so I only trimmed and changed as much as I thought she could tolerate at one time.
A few more trims and some growth of well connected wall and this horse will be kicking butt all over the pasture!