Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hoof Update and Workshop Prep

Well, we almost made it without a mishap, but a few days before our regularly scheduled shoeing appointment, Paj lost the shoe off the hoof with the chunk out.  This was not unexpected, but it was unfortunate.  The good news is that he didn't pull any more of the hoof off in the process.  To protect the hoof, every day we wrapped it in Vetwrap, covered that with Elastikon, and stuck the hoof in a Old Mac boot.  Overnight, we took the boot off to help prevent chaffing on those tender heel bulbs.  This worked well and we were able to avoid further damage.

Yesterday our farrier re-shod Paj.  He still has a small acrylic patch on the outside of the hoof, but you can see that the sole is intact.

I hesitated to publish this photo. There's a lot of hoof fanatics in cyberspace, and they aren't shy about sharing their opinion of your horse's hoof.  It looks like he has thrush, the hoof looks asymmetrical, the frog looks too small, the sole looks too dry, the heels look contracted, etc etc.  Oops, it's just a bad photo of a dirty hoof.  I was trying to hold it up and take a picture while poor Paj was trying to eat his dinner.  I included it so that we could show our concerned friends that the sole looks pretty darn good.  One more shoeing cycle and with luck we'll be back to normal.


Weaving Workshop Prep

Tomorrow I'm off to a "Weaver Controlled Weaves" workshop on "finger-manipulated weaves (leno, Spanish lace, Brooks Bouquet, and more)".  I'll know a lot more about what the heck that means after tomorrow!  Yay.  I'm ready for a break.  Thank you, David, for handling all things ranch.  

I'm a bit nervous about keeping up throughout 8 hours of weaving when my natural weaving pace is , er, leisurely.  Regardless, I'm all packed and ready to go.

Tools assembled?

Little Wolf Pup loom warped?

Loom folded and loaded?

All ready for early morning takeoff?
Check, check, check.


A Brit in Tennessee said...

I'm happy to read his hoof is healing nicely, and he is under your watchful eye.
Happy weaving, it sounds like a fun hobby :)

Lori Skoog said...

Good news about Paj! I can't believe how much you have learned about weaving! Between you and thecrazysheeplady I need to learn another language just to understand what you are talking about. Have a great time at your workshop. Can't wait to see what you get done there.

Fundy Blue said...

I'm happy to hear that Paj continues to improve. All these hoof words are a new vocabulary for me. I can just see Paj trying to eat while you photograph his foot! I hope you have so much fun taking your weaving course! It's fun to see your progress ~ I am impressed and happy for you, Terry!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Have a great trip!!! Sound fun :-).

Cindi said...

I hope Paj's hoof heals appropriately. The loom looks awesome, gosh what a fun project...good luck

Jim said...

Hoof-care 101! Check! I can appreciate how keeping these healthy is of vital importance to a horse. Thanks for teaching me this, Terry!

Great to have a break and a change of pace/scenery. Hope it all went well.

sonia a. mascaro said...

I'm glad to read the good news about Paj!
A very happy weaving!

Thanks dear Terry for your lovely comment on my tribute to dear Flora. So sweet of you. I wish I could give you a hug too!

Karen Burch said...

I love the name of your loom.

Have a great time learning all that weaving stuff.

Lady Lilith said...

8 hours is a long time to sit and weave. I am sure you will end up with an amazing work of art during that time.

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a gorgeous flower on header! Wow!

in2paints said...

Hoof problems keep me up at night... but glad to hear Paj is doing better!

Hope you had fun at your workshop!