" There comes a point in every rider's life when he wonders if it's all worth it. Then one look at the horse, and he realizes - it is." - Kelly StewartAs horse people I feel like we should know better than most that life just can't always be rainbows and unicorns. Well, today we hit our storm cloud and I'm afraid it is a big one. (Yes, I am freaking out a bit!)
This is what Loki's hind feet look like right now:
From my research it seems as though Loki's hind feet are bullnosed. There was a lot written about the angles of certain bones but to be perfectly honest while I have a very rough understanding of what I read it was mostly all Greek to me.
So the farrier comes out on Wednesday and the Vet is coming on Friday and I am trying to stay calm in the mean time and of course Loki will be on vacation until we figure out what needs to be done.
My biggest issue aside from the worry is this: How the hell did I not notice this before now? That question has been replaying over and over and over in my mind all night. My trainer actually noticed it today because she happened to be sitting on the ground and got a good look at Loki's hooves at eye level instead of from above. But Loki is my horse and I handle him everyday. I pick his dang feet out every freaking day! How did I not notice that something was really amiss. I truly doubt that this happened over night.
And in fact I can't even say that I didn't notice anything. I remember thinking on two separate occasions that Loki's toes looked really short/strange and thinking I needed to ask my trainer about it. But, she wasn't around and then I got distracted and he's never been off despite the funkiness so I guess it just didn't register as urgent. Hello, bad horse owner! His hooves were really hot to the touch today which is a new development but he still seems totally sound. He stands square, he doesn't seem to rest one leg more than the other, he picks all four feet up without complaining. He was sound when I walked/trotted him out. I mean either he has a REALLY high pain thresh hold or something strange is going on.
And just to add a little more thunder to the storm a certain little puppy named Pixel who was spayed on Thursday and has been a very poor patient (read running and jumping instead of resting) has suddenly decided to develop a fever and possibly an infection. So I see possibly even more vet visits in our future.