The edge of the known. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Go ahead and get the shoe back on when you can and let’s if she stays sound…..

I’ve been icing Khaleesi’s hoof and changed the poultice wrap a few times. This is her last day on butte (for inflammation in the hoof) and we also put her on low dose of omeprozal over the weekend to ensure she doesn’t get an ulcer from the butte the week before the ride. 


In this case we are certain it’s a hoof issue so the butte is a pain reliever but she is not likely to do much in the grass field – with her foot wrapped and protected in a hoof boot- that would cause her more damage by having a pain reliever. 


In this case the anti inflammatory properties to help settle down any inflammation and heat in the hoof is more valuable than a potential masking of pain.

Also when I first get to her the following day it’s always been enough time that the butte pain relieving would have worn off so my videos are pretty much butte free. 

Video below is from Sunday morning:

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Then a real test to see how she was healing- turning on the hoof. 


My California Trace supplement arrived and she’s been on that since Friday (not nearly enough time to see any results yet) Supposedly if I am dealing with a fescue endophyte issue at least the added minerals should help combat the effects. 

As for the endophytes- the enzyme that can have toxicity is found when the grass has gone to seed though not only in the seed heads (the stems also contain the enzyme) so it is more likely the hay they are hammering into 24/7 than the actual grass they are picking on as it comes in. For precaution I’ve stopped with the farm hay and am tossing hay from a local grower that is mainly orchard grass and pretty high quality.

Also- I’ve removed the Legends Omega Plus from her meal plan as I have a small concern the balance of omegas in that product for her could be the kind that creates inflammation (too much 6 not enough 3 to balance it out) I’m not really sure I understand that correctly but she’s on ground flax now so I decided to just pull her off the Legends omega pelleted product in case. We don’t need it with the flax. 

Trot out from Monday- she’s looking pretty good. 

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​After sending the videos to Kelley she told me she looks great. Go ahead and get that shoe back on to see if she stays sound.

My farrier said he’d get out here Wednesday to get the shoes back on. Once that happens I’ll take a SHORT ride, not fast, in SOFT footing to be sure she stays sound with the shoe on. 


If all those things work then we load up Saturday for the ride. We take it easy on any gravel or pavement and see what this 50 does. Hopefully good news but even if not I continue to learn. 

A friend remarked: You probably don’t want to hear this- but it could just be that it will take some time for her to get through the changes. She may just need to get used to the new angles and grow a little more hoof. 

We that’s true- I never like to hear things will just take time. I do know however it’s often the truth and as long as I’m doing everything I need to in order to support positive changes I can live with that. 

There’s a lot to learn and it’s what I love most about this sport. By pushing to the limits we learn much more about where they are than by staying in the safe zone – for us and for them. Hopefully the limits are tested and not broken beyond repair with serious injuries for either human or horse. But especially as I’m learning it’s always a chance. 

Thankfully I have a great team and friends who’ve gone before me to rely upon for guidance. And I’m willing to keep learning and open my mind to what is easy to hear and what is hard. 


And we ride a little closer to the edge of the known.