This is the hoof in question, you can see the chipped are at the center/left toe area. This bare hoof has done almost 300 miles this season, not a lot by endurance standards, but plenty for one old mare trying to get fit. The chip really "bugs" me. To boot or not to boot??? The boots have a tendency to dig into the side of the hoof even if I cover the cleats, wrap the hoof in vet wrap etc. I've also had a few instances of little vertical scuffs on the heel bulbs and have not used the boots over six miles yet. The hoof did look better the last time when I wrapped it in vet wrap prior to putting on the boot. The heel bulbs were fine that ride.
We did do a light ride today to keep Puddin's head in the game, but I didn't really push her. She is currently in the barn sucking down "glop" with a light dose of electrolyte added. I'm going to try and get all the fluid in her I can today and tomorrow, as she can be really finicky about the whole drinking thing. Tomorrow I won't ride her at all.
I have BUTTERFLIES!
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association