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Thank you to all who voted for my 2 Dover entries. For those having trouble getting the links to work, are you remembering to remove the spaces?
If that doesn't work, please go to the following link and search for Pippin. His will be the only entry that comes up.
Then do a search for Eddie. 1st entry that comes up, a head shot.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Today's Percheron topic is feet! Yes, we all have them! However Percherons are endowed with extra big feet. Yet, they are not clumsy!
I do have to admit though that at the end of a long drive or walk, Eddie's feet seem to be extra heavy and he literally drags them across the ground. Usually at that point though his nose is almost dragging across the ground too. I usually exclaim, "Wake up!" And Eddie looks up like, "Where am I?"
It's a good idea to wear steel toed boots around these big feet. Sometimes they don't know where you are in relation to those big stompers and if one lands on your toes you can say goodbye.
The hoof wall on a draught is considerably thicker than on a "normal" horse. And when one considers that the wall is also the hardest part of the hoof, it makes sense that it is much harder to trim these giants.
It takes me no time at all to trim Pippin's hooves in comparison to Eddie's. Fortunately, Eddie is very patient and allows me the time needed to get it right.
I'm a big proponent of barefoot horses but I know that shoes can be necessary. When a 2000lb horse like Eddie does fairly regular work, especially on the paved road, then shoes are a must.
With one drive Eddie can wear 3/4 inch off his feet. That's a month of growth! (Yes, I know this from experience with a tardy farrier.) Even the shoes have to have a hard surface added to the steel to stop them from wearing down too quickly.
I could keep going on about feet but I think you get the gist! Oh, and one added bonus, the dogs LOVE the hoof trimmings! And Eddie's are extra big! :)
Well, since yesterday's blog was about horses being vocal, I thought I'd pick this video for today. Pippin Sings for His Supper
http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-videos/ watch-video -20bd25d7272f428cb686fcf7b8d70b55.aspx (No spaces!)
Thank you all so much for your support this month. I can hardly believe it's almost over! Leaving you a vote.
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