Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

February 25, 2010

The Old and The New

Here is my latest acquisition, a replacement hoof knife for the tried and true knife used for the last 4 years on over 90 horses. It shows the amount of wear it takes to keep the knife cutting sharp. There is nothing worse than trying to pare out hardened sole from a horse's hoof with a dull knife. Or one that has no leverage left to dig deep. I figure at approximately 38 cents a horse, the old knife has done yeoman duty.

This week, with the weather being absolutely balmy at about +5C in the daytime, I took the opportunity to do my three horses and also the neighbours three horses. They have a new horse, three years old and, fortunately, halter broke. However her feet were a mess due to lack of attention. Hoof broken out, soles perforated and a bleeding piece torn out of the hind foot.

I had to desensitize her with a rope, then use the rope around the lower pastern to get her to submit to having her feet worked on. It worked out, and no casualties, either horse or farrier.

I still think horses are the most amazing of God's creatures. Submissive and obedient, just as we are called to be.

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