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 13, 2013

Foot Trimming..Again

Tucker was the victim patient this time. Her feet had not been done for a while due to her weight loss and physical condition. She is now back up to 1023 pounds which is still 100 pounds below her normal weight and was starting to grow hoof again.

 Nippers at work. Sorry for the blurry photo. I don't know why, but it happened.
One foot done and three to go. Fortunately, they only have to be done every 6 to 8 weeks as my back ain't what it used to be.

I consider this chart to be real progress. I almost put her down at the end of December. I'll see if we can enjoy her this summer. At 27 years young, it is unlikely that she will see another winter. As you can see, it is difficult to keep her weight regulated. The others are relatively easy in the cold weather.

This is a very useful and simple tool for keeping track of  a horse or pony weight during the winter when hay isn't cheap!
The top scale is in cm, the next is horse weight in pounds, third is horse (or pony ) weight in kg and the last is number of hands high. For the last, a foot on the D ring keeps it tight on the ground.


TexWisGirl said...

i wondered how you 'weighed' them. glad she's doing a lot better.

Alica said...

I wondered too, how you weigh them. Don't you worry about being kicked when you're doing the hoof trimming? (just thinking of how much cows like their feet to be messed with!)

Dar said...

I like that tape...I wonder if my daughter has one of those or if she lets that job for the vet? Nice hoof trimming job. She used to do that too until she took a header and landing under her mare who just stood there and wouldn't move until she got up...Nyssaa, the mare, is 26 too.

Terry said...

What a scary dip in weight. So glad you were able to turn it around.

joyce said...

I was going to ask how you weigh them. Glad she's gaining weight and doing better.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Hi there Ian, for a minute there I though you were growing hoofs....oh no it's your boot...oh no it's the horses one....chuckle chuckle...

No really I'm so sorry Tucker wasn't too well lately. Hope she's up and running again soon.
Take good care of her (wich I know you will with all your heart) and give her a cuddle from me.

Be well.
Ps. oh I see you have drunk bunnies. Keep them of the black jack will ya....hihihi.
Hugs Dagmar