While we are still working on picking Cookie's feet up on cue, I figured today was a great day for an extended workout, a bath and foot treatment.
The workout was very much needed and being it was extended was even better. I got a glimpse into how good of shape Cookie is in compared to myself. lol No comparison. She is in far better shape than I am and did very well. It was part learning, part fun and part plum orneriness. She was more than feeling her oats today and exhibited it by a lot of head tossing, ear pinning, bucking, squealing and loping.
While I was sweating like a faucet, she barely broke into a sweat at all. The weather was perfect for an extended exercise period which aided in her not sweating a whole lot.
We worked on all kinds of different things. The side pass, backing, changing directions (which is where the ear pinning came in). We also worked on moving our butt and shoulder. She still doesn't have that pivot on the rear down yet, but she is getting there. Each right step is a step in the right direction. She has a very good memory and I didn't have to urge her very much to get the different movements.
So after a short rest and visit from the neighbors, as well as a handful of peppermints and watermelon, it was time for a bath. I started out by cueing "leg up" and sprayed her hoof out with the hose. I then took a stiff brush and brushed the entire hoof, heel bulbs and wall. Hosed the hoof out again and gently replaced it on the ground. I did this with all 4 feet. It's so much easier to treat a super clean hoof and spraying it out with a high pressure nozzle makes the work so much easier and faster.
Instead of treating her thrush then, I went ahead and gave her a bath then went back and treated the hoof. The picture shows where the split is in the Central Sulcus and also how her hoof was packed with sand. That happened after I treated the hoof and walked her out to her stall to let it set in some. The split looks much better though you can't really tell from the picture. The bottom of the hoof is very healthy and solid, not powdery or black. She does need her feet trimmed and when I have the farrier come out I'm going to measure each hoof in order to buy some easy boots/medical boots in order to treat her hoof better and keep it clean and dry.
We're expecting more rain in the coming days which makes it hard to treat thrush effectively. Buying easy boots and treating the hoof will work better when the weather decides to become nasty. The split in her Sulcus doesn't bother her unless you "pick" it out with a hoof pick and get too deep. She stomps around on it without any problems and should it become a problem for her mobility wise I'll call the vet and get his opinion.
*Note* I have my doubts as to whether Cookie is in foal. She would be aproximately 8 months and there is no visible change in her abdomen area. We'll know for absolute sure by October as that is when she was suppose to have been with a stud. I know some mares hide their pregnancies very well and spring it on you the last minute. Until then, we'll keep exercising, learning and riding.
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