Just as Mother Nature decided to throw us a bone and send some dry, sunny weather our way, my brumby's feet seemed ouchier than ever. She wears shoes all winter, in the spring off they come, and she's good until sometime in June. So today, after some hemming and hawing, Lilly got some new shoes put on.
But first she needed to be evened up. She's still growing out that giant chunk that was missing. Fake hoof to the the rescue! First her hoof must be trimmed, then cleaned and completely dried. My brumby must have felt like she was at the spa when the hairdryer came out!
Along with the side of the hoof being built up, she also had a big crack in the front that Bill filled in. This stuff is tricky because it gets very warm as it sets. The chemical reactions have to be just riiiight for it to set properly. It does not help at all if your brumby starts squirming.
There it is drying on her hoof. Then it gets trimmed, just like a real hoof.
Here you see some of it on the bottom of her foot (right hand side). And her new shoe! The shoes have dramatically changed Lilly's comfort level. What a relief!
Tomorrow, more good weather!