Well THAT trip did not go as planned. I have no idea what the hell happened but my brother and his wife were kookoo when MH and I got to SD, soooo....
We left a couple of days early and I did NOT leave Moon there.
It was just a really weird vibe and I was not happy with what I saw. So I loaded my horses up and got the heck out of dodge. No way was I leaving Moon in a situation that I didn't think would benefit him and MH agreed. It seems like about every 2 years I have to be reminded that my family is batshit crazy and there is a reason I stay away. LOL.
The weather was far cooler than predicted and it rained every night. Big, thunderstorm rains. I was kinda worried my horses would get sick...but they are fine. *I'm* the one who was sick by the time I got home.
But, in the long run, coming home early wasn't the wrong thing, I got horses scheduled at the farrier's before he left on an extended trip and my LQ is scheduled to go in to have it's annual maintenance and some upgrades done to it. Gotta have that baby ready for AZ!! :-)
I barely dragged my butt out of bed long enough to get the first set of horses to the farrier's (and was so very thankful I had an evening appointment because any earlier in the day and I would have been too sick to even accomplish that!!).
Frosty was shod all the way around this time in anticipation of returning to competition. I thought I could get away with just shoeing him on the front with rim pads, but he was still acting ouchy in the rear. Technically, there is no reason for Frosty to need shoes because he has beautiful feet, but he is such a sissy. I blame most of it on his insulin resistance problem, but he is also really stiff in the hocks again. I didn't realize it had already been 6 months since his injections, so, looks like a vet appointment is in order for that. Hopefully his hocks are starting to fuse now and not just open and dry like they were the first time the vet examined him. I tell ya, the more I see the difference, the more I am all about trying to get those hocks to fuse on these mature horses. It just alleviates a lot of problems for them. I resisted injection treatments for so long and now that I can see/feel the difference in these horses, I cannot imagine not utilizing it to make them feel better. I still don't know what to think about it as it might pertain to my younger horses (LJ and Shooter), but I guess I will cross that bridge when I get to it.
The farrier was really happy to see Miss walking out sound and when he pulled her shoe and pad...She has good healthy sole and the beginning of good concavity. Yaayyyyy!! for Miss!! If her feet keep improving at this rate, she'll be all better by the time I leave for AZ. The farrier said he didn't think she would have any problems being turned out in the pasture and probably wouldn't even need shoes. All the farrier did was trim and reset her with the same shoes and hard pads. This time all of the distorted toe came off in the trim and Miss is standing up on her foot like she should. I'm so excited for her. I pretty much have my heart set on breeding her to Frenchman's Fabulous next spring...and Ooohhh, what a baby that should be.
It was really irritating to haul horses all the way to SD and then all the way back, for nothing...but if nothing else, their bellies are pulled up and they are ready to go to work again. LOL. Now, I just have to kick this chest cold and I'll be ready to get back to work myself. :-)