Friday, 22 March 2013

Love New Shoes

by Simone McPherson
It's that time of the month again ...... for new Shoes! and a two hour journey into town to see the Farrier.  This time it had only been four weeks by our calender, since the last shoeing.  El Ranchero tells me .........


.....it's because of the feed with all that lovely rain - the grass has grown so quickly and is high in Protein - though the Native Blue Grass only reaches 7% in Protein - which for a Herbivore means hoof growth, bone growth.  Usually our appointment for new shoes is every six to eight weeks.   

So we organise ourselves - well actually I organise things - the evening before as it is a trek with esky's, fuel drums and what ever else; and of course Pedro and Porky - girl. 

And of we go .....

Through one town ....... only another 45 minutes to go now......

We pass road works, which are still going on after two months? ........

..... and two hours later we have arrived! Now we run around madly like "chooks with their heads cut off" trying to get everything done before meeting the Farrier at the Showgrounds at 16:30 - once he has finished work. 

He arrives with his tools of trade and we are ready to go ..... 

Pedro and Porky - girl have had a nice stretch, a drink and a nibble as the Farrier drives up.

And then Pedro is the first in line for his new shoes .... first it's off with the old, he is given a little clip as his hoof has grown over the old shoe and a file back, then the Farrier sizes up the new shoe ......

does a few adjustments  ..... 

...... and nails the new shoe on .... 

Pedro by this time starts to have a "Kipp" ...... ZZZzzzzzzz

......ties the nail off ..... 

once all the nails are in they are then clamped down ..... 

then the Farrier does a final tidy up and files down the hoof and wua-laa! .... beautiful new shoes .... and then proceeds onto the next foot until all four are done.

..... Come on Porky - Pie you're next .....

We have to have our horses shod where we live and where they work as it is extremely rocky - granite - as well as steep gorges and gullies, in areas.  And El Ranchero has the Andalusian-cross Stock horses that we use for work, done in a particular way which make the horse "stand up" as this breed of horse actually does lift it's foot "up" unlike many of the Warm bloods and the Thorough breeds - where they "stride out" - meaning they take very long steeps and by not lifting their foot up, have a lot of trouble working in this sort of country tripping and not placing their step down securely and safely ........

Let's go home ..... we thank "T" and say that we will catch up with him and all the "Goss" in maybe another four weeks? six weeks? .... and "homeward James" ...........