Here I was, all set to have a really educational 'fixing this old cripple' post, Aaannndddd....
I got nada!
I explained to the farrier about Turk's bobbling in the pasture again and his stumbling and told him to do what he thought would be best for Turk.
He looked Turk's feet over, pulled a shoe and whistled.
There was a ton of growth to Turk's feet that was barely discernible by looking at him from the topside. And honestly, he didn't look that long from the bottom either. I mean, I knew that Turk was due to be re-shod and I did end up having to go 9-weeks because the farrier was out of town last week, but Holy Moly...
Of course, looking at the freshly trimmed hoof on the right compared to the still shod hoof on the left, it's obvious just how much Turk's feet had grown out.
We have not seen this much growth in this time-frame ever. Last summer when we first started shoeing Turk, we thought he would need to be reset at 6 weeks. Well, that ended up being needlessly frequent, so we went to 7-8 weeks. The last time I had Turk re-set, the farrier said that 8 weeks would be fine during the winter. The horses were off grain and only on grass hay and of course when the weather gets cold, the growth slows down a bit as well.
The farrier did say that this was the best looking and feeling hoof he has trimmed off of Turk to date. Yea! We have hit good foot!! Turk stayed in regular shoes and for the first time, both of his front feet are at the same angle.
I wonder if the Healthy Glo-rice bran and flax supplement I have been feeding had anything to do with accelerating Turk's hoof growth?
Needless to say, we are back to a 6 week reset schedule.
This is what we started with 7 months ago (and I was already 2 months into working on him on my own)...The Comeback Kid