Shod? or just having its feet trimmed? it actually doesnt hurt them all, their hooves are made out of the same stuff as our nails
Its the same as us cutting our nails. There is of course stuff inside the hoof that they would feel
but I believe farriers put the nails in at an angle so that it only goes through the nail material part and not the inner bits of the hoof - if that makes sense. Ems might be able to build on that
I dont know huge amounts about it tbh.
And eep, riding tonight
I believe that they hammer the nails in in such a way that they dont touch the sensitive areas of the hoof (laminae) and rasp is also used on the non sensitive areas of the hoof - if it did hurt the horse or the farrier was bad at his job you'd know about it as the horse would be lame after!!
Bugsy Jasper is GORGEOUS! All that riding looks so much fun! I have tried western riding and really liked it so relaxing and the horses were so well trained!
Gemzie Bess is so cute!!!!
She reminds me a bit of one of the horses from brack - Fanta
I have a soft spot for black cobs too
Laura B Cute picture and cute horse
I have had such a busy but brilliant week!! I arrived at my aunts on thursday and we met Steph and then I went down to her house. OMG the shetlands were just SO cute! She currently have 28 shetlands! a mixture of mares, foals, stallions and geldings, mostly black (how shes tells them all apart I dont know!!) with the odd piebald and chestnut! And of course she has her riding horses two gorgeous cobs Rosie and Scooby!! They have five little foals
the youngest was 12 weeks old the oldest was 17 weeks! Her shetlands are mostly named after places in cumbria and I totally fell in love with Wasdale.. the youngest foal... he was galloping around the field with his tail in the air like an arab as we hacked past!!! and then when we went in to bath Catsycam's microchip wound which is a bit infected atm Wasdale was eating my shoes!!
SO CUTE!!! I groomed both of the cobs whislt Steph sorted out two of the shetlands and bathed them ready for the show on Saturday then we rode out, I rode Rosie and Steph took out Scooby. Rosie was lovely, very calm, very safe little cob
then the next day Steph said do whatever you want so I took Rosie out alone (first ever hack alone!) but it chucked it down so I decided against taking Scooby out too and jsut gave them a really good groom!! Hes a little more nervy so I might rode him out with someone else first before I try him alone too! Its no wonder the shetlands win so many shows they really are gorgeous stunning ponies!!!
Anyways I promised pictures and I didnt get many but I got a couple
More to come next week as i'm going back up Wednesday-Sunday!!!
Firstly meet Bailey the cheekiest little foal... who ran up to the stallion and stole hay out of his mouth...
His mum Precious
The stallion Kayman
One of the mares - Amethyst
Cheeky 2 year old Dove Cottage
Scooby and Rosie
And as promised a few Fancy pictures.. she was a good girl today! We did quite alot of cantering! I was impressed! the horrifically layered tail doesnt look so bad on camera... but the forlock does look quite straight...
Fancys says... whats in the house? (check out the dodgey tail)
Whats over there (and another tail shot..)
Its nice to see this thread active again
Edited by Ems, 22 August 2010 - 10:27 PM.