Monday, January 30, 2017
Back to the details that keep us moving toward 100… which means 50 in just over a month.
My size 3 scoot boots arrived last week and I believe they fit. They are just tight enough to be snug but not to cause pressure or rubbing.
They are the easiest I’ve used to put on and take off.
I pull them off and drop them in a bucket of water while I untack and they seem to clean themselves – no scrubbing necessary.
But do they stay on?
So far yes.
Then the stars finally aligned and we did a decent 13 mile ride with various footing, walk-trot-canter in intervals, crossed the Jackson River 3 times, encountered some deep sucking mud and 100% boot success: back and front. On her back feet I still have the renegades and they seem to be working.
On the renegades I use a few layers of vet wrap to snug the boot in width just a touch and also give it a little grip that helps keep them from twisting in a canter or mud. –Thanks for the tip Lynne!
I heard the peanut gallery (Facebook hoof boot page) called my farrier, and taken matters (per his advice) into my own hands. I have been shortening her toes on all four encouraging her hoof shape to more round than elongated oval and it seems to be helping.
I have no idea what he will say when he sees her feet 😳 But at the moment at least I can ride and my boots are working!
This is the first riding since Khaleesi’s mystery lameness. The short walk was to be sure she was ok, then we did the 13 mile harder loop to test it.
I also am still playing around with my saddle- rough hair puzzle. On the walk ride I didn’t use a pad at all. The Phoenix Rising has a sheepskin bottom and CAN be ridden without a pad. Her back was smooth and even after the walk.
On the 13 mile I used the pad Phoenix Rising sells to match the saddles that I’d bought way back with my first PR for Faygo.
Day after she was sound and her back was perfect. I didn’t get much sweat out of her (she’s still I incredibly fit- even with the lack of ‘hard’ work this fall and winter) but no rough hairs, no sensitivity after the ride or the next day. Her legs felt tight and cool and she came to the gate to greet me hello which tells me she was also happy.
I plan to get up to 20 miles or so in the next couple weeks. Thankfully winter agrees with Faygo and for a summer ‘off’ and only getting out once a week she too is doing well and was a good training partner for now.
We don’t have impressive speed but that is not a concern with K for now- I know she has it in her when she needs it.
If the weather cooperates I will try to get a ride in with a horse that will inspire her to get her moving.