So that's kinda how I feel about Dixie today. The other horses may laugh at her, but it'll be a memory she treasures in her golden years! Yes, I attacked her with the clippers again. It looks a lot like a 4H kid's first attempt at sheep-shearing. We just got done with another nasty snowstorm, so I confined myself to her head mostly. It was, in fact, a Learning Experience for Dixie - the last time I clipped her she came utterly unglued when I got within about 3" of her ears. Today was a lot of normal Dixie drama, and I ended up getting one good pass over her
Cleaned up her jawline and cheeks, too.
Here's the other side:
No, wait. How about this?
She persisted in trying to eat the phone (if it's not buzzing, it must be food, right??) and the sun was setting straight behind her and it wouldn't have come out anyway so I gave up.
I touched up her feet too, but they're holding up quite well. I've gotten in the groove again and I go to town on them about every two weeks, so there's never a huge amount to take off.
Front right, pre-trim:
Heel view - I don't think I've ever seen her heels this open. YAY ME!
I didn't take after solar views, because they didn't look much different! I took the heels down as much as I could, knocked off a bit of wall that was too long, and put a hell of a roll on all four feet. One side of her front right frog was thrushy so I cleaned it out and smeared a lot of goo in.
I go through cycles in my trimming - I'll get her feet looking (I think) really nice and get all smug and complacent about my routine. Then someone will post pictures or a discussion on a blog (my latest inspiration: Pangea's crappy pasture trim on Andrea's new blog) and I'll start really thinking hard about trim theory and looking at exactly what I'm doing.
So, the two things I'm thinking about now:
1) I don't THINK Dixie needs the support of those bars, and I'm watching them hard, but I didn't take them out today. I get confused about bars - it seems like every school of thought approaches them differently, and even the major trimmers change their approach over time. I just read a Ramey article and I am moved to not trim Dixie's bars, not today at least.
2) Breakover. That's actually one of the main things I think about when I think about trimming - it's so complex and so crucial. Even (especially?) when you have a horse that's going sound barefoot, there's still so much room for adjustment in the breakover. Dixie's walls are so thick! Look at the walls back by the heel buttresses - they're about a quarter of an inch thick. A quarter of an inch versus an eighth of an inch versus a sixteenth of an inch at the toe will have a huge influence on her hoof flight path. Breakover's been something I've neglected, and I wailed on her mustang roll today.
I even got in the super-awkward position and rolled her back feet, too. (I am especially bad about keeping the walls level with the sole and letting them just chip off on rocks. Bad Funder!)
A third thing I've been thinking about, off and on, is rings. I thought that Dixie didn't really have rings/event lines, but I wanted to get some pictures and really look. I'd say she does not have event lines. Grass hay, yall. Grass hay.
Pretty nice trotters. Not perfect - gonna keep working on the thrush, maybe I can get those heels down further - but pretty nice.