So fast forward two years, and I managed to scrape together some comparison pictures for you. The lighting isn't that great because it was night, and it's possible that it was 150 degrees with 1200% humidity, so some of my camera work is a little shaky, but hopefully you'll get the idea. My plan is to walk you through a full trim cycle, starting with the hooves right after the trim, and then at one week post-trim, two weeks post-trim, and three weeks post-trim. Finally, I'll try to get some pictures of my trimming process to show you how I do it. Then, I'd like to repeat that same process with his front feet. Hopefully, these posts will help me remember what I did as well as provide some information to those who happen to be rabidly interested in horse feet:)
I should note that I still don't know what I'm doing when trimming Nimo's feet. I've read some more, talked to more people, changed the way I trim more than once, and watched Nimo's feet remodel over time, depending on his work load and the environment. At this point, I think there is still so much that we don't understand about the way horses' hooves work, and while I did start out committed to following one particular method, I now believe that there is no one right method for every horse. The resource I'm using most right now is The Horse's Hoof and the online forum associated with it because I think the magazine and forum present the widest range of ideas for me to learn about, and I can find pictures and information about feet that are not grossly pathological. My complaint about most hoof trimming books is that they present pictures and information about severely neglected hooves or hooves from horses suffering from club feet, laminitis, or other atypical ailments, and the perfect mustang hoof (I may write a post about my feelings on the constant heraldry of the perfect barefoot mustang hoof, if I feel like offending a whole bunch of people). That information, while valuable, is hard for me to translate into what I see with Nimo's feet. While Nimo's feet aren't perfect, he is sound and can go barefoot over most terrain, except really heavy gravel and rocks, so I think I'm at least in the ballpark, but I recognize that there is still room to improve.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the pictures of Nimo's hind feet from Tuesday night, immediately after I trimmed them.
|Nimo's Left Hind - front view|
|Nimo's Left Hind - lateral view|
|Nimo's Left hind - back view|
|Nimo's Left Hind - bottom view|
|Nimo's Right Hind - front view|
|Nimo's Right Hind - lateral view|
|Nimo's Right Hind - back view (yes, I absolutely cut off part of the hoof in this picture, but it's the best one I have)|
|Nimo's Right Hind - bottom view|
|LH - front view (the camera angle isn't good, so it looks lopsided, but it really wasn't)|
|LH - bottom view|
|RH - front view|
|RH - bottom view|