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  1. Who else has been seeing signs of spring on the first day of spring?  We were supposed to get more snow this morning but fortunately it went and bothered someone else.  The past week the horses have been shedding, even the ones that are slow to start.  Little bits of greenery are cropping up, the lilac bushes are looking serious about budding out, and my hens are ramping up their laying.  

  2. Yeah she has some very light cracks in her fronts, they are growing out fortunately.  Looking back, the aren't obvious because it was so dry, but they were there.  I do think I need to bevel her feet better though.  

  3. Here's the right fore again.  As with the other front, I think there's been some changes in it since that one I posted most recently. I realized after the fact that I wasn't completely square to the sole on the first (top) pic.  Here's my question though, if her heels are too short/should't be touched anymore, how do I get rid of those super deep grooves on either side of the frog?  Just carve away with the hoof knife?  It seems like would cause different problems.  It bothers me that her toes are so snubbed in the front too, her sole is touching the ground completely even while the quarters are splayed out on the lateral side as in the other front foot.  Fortunately the ground is quite soft for spring and with all the mud we're not doing a lot of riding, so she should get some more hoof in if I did go too far with trimming.  





  4. Ok got out on Sunday and took some better pics, despite all the mud.  I'm glad I did because even those few days changed her feet quite a bit, each hoof was more concave, and I was able to treat her feet for thrush by packing soaked cotton balls around her frog.  Man I hate how that stuff smells!  What I'm seeing is her frog has widened a bit from the winter pics and while has super deep groves to either side it is a BIT better.  Her bars aren't so ridiculously pulled forward and flopped over anymore.  Her walls on the lateral quarter is still stretched, and that's where I get tripped up over myself.  It seems counter intuitive to go in at an angle and rasp that away, it FEELS like will make that side even wider.  Or is it that if I get rid of it, the tighter hoof will be waiting there and actually bring that wall back closer to the center? (will post other hooves as I get them sorted out)


  5. WOW Queen BAW, I can't even imagine being a kid and having that kind of attitude around horses!  I would have been polishing the horse's hooves just for the chance of being near them, never mind getting rides!  Sounds like you're been exceedingly patient and haven't exactly been rewarded for it.  Maybe one day she'll mature a bit and give you a real apology, it doesn't sound like she even believes she did anything wrong.


    That's a comfy looking saddle!  

  6. Dude?  You're so **** bent on being RIGHT that you don't even realize that this is the first time I've posted in this forum.  How about you try re-reading what I wrote, where do I say that a woman abusing a man is a good thing?  In fact, I explicitly say it is BAD.  I put that disclaimer in there (not that I should need to, when doing horrible things to other people is quite clearly wrong) but I knew you'd latch onto that idea like a bulldog.  

  7. Ah sorry about not commenting on pricing the sign, I somehow missed that part.  

    Absolute base line, you want to have the raw materials paid for, the wood, paint, **** even the pencil used to sketch it out.  Take into account secondary costs, like electricity for drilling the board, gas to go to the store for those materials, and THEN add in all the time doing each step of the project.  That of course is reduced if you crank out a few at a time (less cleaning brushes/picking up and putting away/waiting for paint to dry) You want to make sure it's worth your time, and don't shortchange the value of your skills.  

    My sister makes jewelry and is ALWAYS charging less than she should for her things, I tell her to come up with a price, then either double it and post it for sale.  If someone wants to haggle over the price then she can go a bit lower and still feel good about getting paid for her time and skills, instead of feeling crummy about scraping by and people STILL asking to pay less.

    So that was a whole lot of information with no hard numbers.  ;D  Sorry about that, but it really does depend on where you live and what you see going for that kind of thing locally, and then compare materials/skills to those things that are selling to see if you should adjust the price up or down, and have a reason WHY you're pricing it that way.

  8. I have to say I was pretty dismayed while reading through this how it devolved to "BUT WOMEN ABUSE TOO".  Yeah, they do, and that is WRONG.  They also abuse at a FAR lower rate than men, and saying "but women" each time a woman writes about her personal experience of being assaulted or harassed is a way of saying "your pain doesn't matter as much as a man's pain".  I know multiple women who have been violently raped, some of which are relatives.  EVERY woman I know has been harassed, some worse than others.  The men I know, some have been stalked, some were harassed.  Those things were wrong, and RARE compared to the bombardment that happens to women.  

    I've personally stepped in to stop abuse from happening right out in the open, and the guy looked utterly shocked that anyone would dare step up to him and tell him what he was doing was wrong.  I can only imagine how many times he had done that with nobody saying a peep to him, because it's "normal" for a woman to be weeping in public while being berated by a man.  


    Little Cow, I feel for you.  As I said, I have known women who were abused, some in very similar situation to yours.  It will affect you forever, but then again, all the good things in your life will also affect you forever.  What you're doing now is what's healthy for you, and distancing yourself from a toxic person is NOT being a "bad daughter", or any other nonsense.  Your mother failed you, as did your half brother, not once but throughout your life, and from what you've written that will not change.  You can't make them be better people, and immersing yourself in their fantasy version of the world is just a waste of your life and energy.  You gave fair warning to his wife, and what she does with that information is now on her.

  9. It's just as true every time I see it.  Earlier ice pellets were getting found from the sky, tomorrow is supposed to be sunny in the upper 40's.  :[


    Pink, I can't even remember the last time it was 70 out.  I guess that's better than the year we hit 80 on St.Patrick's day, though.  That screwed up all the fruit trees badly, ruined a lot of harvests.

  10. ^ Every time we exercise in the dance room, we find "craft herpes" infesting the place.  


    I'm working on making bags out of my no-longer-wearable jeans, mostly because I can't stand letting them go to waste when there's only one bad area on them.  Double recycling for the win!

  11. I was just told that the farrier came by, but didn't trim her feet because he thought that too much heel was missing from her.  o_O  Did I go too far with that, then?  I thought it was important to get her heels backed up to where the widest part of the frog is, but considering how pinched her frog is, did I not see where that actually should be?  

  12. Sorry for the long hiatus, but it's been miserably cold and nasty these past few months, and then so slopping wet on the warm days I couldn't even drive on the dirt roads without risking my car.  SO.  I did manage to get a few trims in, and the one nice thing about the wet is that it made those bars POP.  It was ridiculous, they were standing proud from the foot by nearly 1/4" in spots, which could not be comfortable.  However, that did make them really easy to pare down, and the whole hoof was a fair bit softer than it was in the fall with the dry hard ground.

    I'll post the rest of the feet later, but this is a before/after taken this past Wednesday, when we had ONE nice day of 50+ degree weather.  


    I'll start with the right fore.  Just like before, both of her fronts are way worse than her hinds, and they are both noticeably narrower on the medial side.  Her frogs still have a super deep groove but the bulbs seem to have opened up at least a tiny bit. Her frogs are shedding so I took some of the loose flaps off.  I managed to finally sharpen my hoof knife enough for it to be useful, and nipped off the tip of the frog which was flopped over as well.  I FINALLY managed to get to the point that the bars aren't trapping any more dirt under them! 

    Her entire hoof wall needs to be trimmed down, but her sole is so FLAT!  I don't know if it's better to just whack all that excess wall off and let it work itself out, or keep filing off a bit at a time each ride and hope that the sole responds to that.  She's still in a large paddock with other horses but the ground is alternating between frozen solid and bog due to the freeze/thaw cycle going on.  Also I get flustered every time I face the fact that her hoof is so weirdly out of shape, do I try taking more of the medial side off, or more of the lateral?  I think it's the lateral that needs to go, so the medial gets angled out more, but BOTH sides have too much wall right now.  ...Yeah I know, take that damned wall off already!  

    I do think I'm almost getting somewhere with her heels, like one day they might be where they should be.  


    Apologies for the photos, she was really tired of me messing with her feet by that time so they aren't the best.  Next time I'm going to see about trimming her on level cement, I'll need someone to hold her though since there's only one place to do that and there's no place to tie her.  3_14.2018GoblinRightFore.thumb.jpg.40fd5a91ff81a3b7b61b0a4a27cce359.jpg3_14.2018GoblinRightForeAngled.thumb.jpg.cb295967437a0b11dce864617cbe87fa.jpg