But, I'm still up for it. After all, I'm taking broke horses, that have working experience. It won't be a total wreck.
In preparation though, I organized all of my tack in the horse trailer, made sure I have everything I need, put in a couple of new bags of shavings and just have to pick up a square bale of hay to take with. I also scheduled a trip to the farrier,
Spooks...Is scheduled to have his shoes pulled on Thursday. We are going to go back to barefoot and see how he does now that all of the bruising and almost all of his flare is gone. He has some heel on his hind feet again, so we shouldn't run into problems there.
Turk...Is also scheduled to be re-shod on his front (although he is not going to the cutting clinic...he's just due). The last time I had him re-set, his feet had improved enough to move him out of the bar shoe that was on his injured foot into matching regular shoes. I don't think that worked for him. I don't know if it is because of the frozen ground or the lack of the heel support the bar shoes gives, but I noticed Turk is back to 'bobbling' at the trot.
It was worth a shot to see if he could travel sound in regular shoes, but I suspect that they just do not provide enough support for his floating heel bulb. It matters naught to me what kind of shoe the horse needs to wear, as long as we can keep him sound.
In fact, Turk's injured foot is of less concern to me than his uninjured foot is. That is the one that took the brunt of supporting Turk as he avoided putting too much weight on his injured foot. When we first started shoeing Turk, that is the one that was spread out like a pancake and I had also notice Turk popping a knot in that knee. There has been some improvement, but there is still quite a bit of flare on the inside of that hoof, not enough heel and I have noticed that he seems to stub his toe on that foot quite frequently.
We'll have to see what the farrier comes up with.