Hello Dear Humans. We have snow here. Lots of it. This past week Farrier Joe came to do my hooves and he put on something special on my front hooves. I have metal shoes on my front feet and the snow gets all stuck in the hoof and ends up in a big ball of ice under the hoof. Well that makes it very difficult to walk properly and sometimes we horses can get injured as our legs bend the wrong way with the balls of ice under our hooves. Farrier Joe fixed up my front hooves so that doesn’t happen. He put on something he calls snow pazz or padz. They’re rubber or plastic or something and they stop the snow from balling up under my hooves.
When I was walking out to the paddock after Farrier Joe had put them on my hooves felt a bit weird. Barn Manager Carl was walking me out and he never misses anything as you know. Eyes sharp as an eagle! So he then trots me on the hard barn floor to see what’s wrong. Then he calls Ma Leueen and tells her I’m not lame but I’m a bit uneven in front. Well I wanted to tell him it was just the snow padz. But I don’t speak Human so I couldn’t. He took me outside and I had a nice time out in the snow and was quite warm in my black blanket.
Later Ma Leueen came and she told me Farrier Joe was coming back to look at my hooves. When he came he used some pincer things on my hooves and that felt OK to me. Then Barn Manager Carl had to trot me in the arena while Farrier Jo and Ma Leueen watched. I was fine. Absolutely fine. I was used to the snow padz by then. Farrier Joe understood that and told Ma Leueen that had been the problem.
That very afternoon I was glad I had the padz cause the other horses coming in had awful balls of ice under their feet and Groom Lexi had to stop them as soon as they came in and pick the balls of ice off their hooves.
Today we horses all went out and were talking about the snow. There was a lot of it falling today. We enjoy that and when the humans are not looking we catch the flakes on our tongues and laugh about it. Ma Leueen took a photo after we had all come in and were warming up in the barn.
Till next time Dear Humans! 🐴