I know I haven’t shared a video in a couple weeks. I have a legitimate reason:
1. The week before last it was colder than a well digger’s…
2. Fridge has come up lame.
Why, I’m not sure. I thought at first it was due to thrush – we had a major warm up last week, and as such the snow melted off. I’d been bringing him in and riding him lightly anyway, just roping the dummy, working on lateral flexion, grooming, picking his hoof out daily (getting him in a dry barn helps), and trying to see what was causing it. His feet are in pretty good shape, though he could stand a trim, but he’s not in dire straights.
Monday, He’s still no better after a couple days off. I picked it out and could see a bit of black in the bottom, along with a slight odor, but it wasn’t terrible.
Tuesday, I decided I would get him in, clean it out, treat it for thrush and wrap it up. I found that his frog had began to slough off on both sides, but was still attached at the heel and front of the hoof, and underneath it was all sorts of dirt and mud and muck. So I trimmed it off smooth, treated the foot for thrush, put a cotton gauze pad with thrush treatment on the bottom, wrapped it in vet wrap, doubled a Walmart bag to put on the bottom to keep water out, wrapped with vet wrap again and he still hobbled around the barn.
After a week of this, I’m starting to think it might be something more serious though. I can’t find a bruise, or a place where an abscess might try and break through. So today I plan to soak it in some warm water with salts, and put some Green Jelly on the hoof wrapped it in cotton pads, vet wrap, duct tape and see what happens. Zach also happens to be home today so I will get him to look at the foot as well.
Of course, being the rancher that he is, his suggestion is that I put Fridge out to pasture with the retired/un-started pen of horses, and bring in Rival, to get him caught up to where Fridge is.
I think that’s a super idea, but I want to get Fridge trimmed up first, and I’d like to have it dry out some before I go swapping horses around. Right now we’re sliding around in muddy nasty gumbo – even the gravel driveways have ruts.
I do have some video to share soon from a ride on a green colt, Jack, so stay tuned!
How has your winter riding been going?