So this week has been very stressful. Monday, Maddy starting limping on her left front. On Wednesday, she looked like she was limping on both front feet. My farrier was coming on Thursday, so I wanted him to take a look before I called a vet. Her feet were pretty long, so I was hoping it was just the "tilt." You all ask..."Why are her feet long?" Well Andrew, the farrier, has been very timid around Maddy. He has never "nipped" her feet and has only used a rasp. He has given me all sorts of "assignments" with her feet before he really "goes in." I work with her feet everytime I am at the barn. She has never done anything stupid, but she does get nervous around him and sucks up her back legs when he goes to pick them up. I thought he would trim her the last time because she was standing there so nicely and he just rasped away and left.
So this time, I brought her to him. He saw her feet and commented on how long they were and I told him he needed to "trim" them. He watched me work her and saw how sore she was. He told me, "We will see how she goes." I knew she would stand there. I knew how much work I put in on those feet. She was perfect. He even got out that stand and had her front feet up on it and she just stood there. Andrew told me I was doing a good job with her, but he still had more "assignments" for me. Now I have to set her feet on objects and when she is ok with that, I am supposed to set her feet on objects and walk away. Her feet finally look normal. She got a full manicure today. I lunged her for him after the trim and she looked like she was moving better. Andrew thought maybe she was just "heel sore." So we are giving her a couple days to see how she goes. She looked much better today.
Cruel World Blues
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