I'm just gonna take a nap, mk?
When we got the news about the progression of Archie's ringbone, one of the things the vet had recommended was leather pads. Turns out, leather pads aren't entirely feasible in the deep south, so he suggested silicone pour-ins instead. (Which makes the vegetarian very happy.) And we were on circle-suspension until he got the pour-ins, so most of our rides have been giant loops outside the ring and on the trail. We were all set to do them last cycle, but then the Kid embedded a nail and brewed an abscess and couldn't have his sole covered.
But he got his custom orthotics!
Here's the step-by-step-ish, since this was my first time ever seeing them done:
- Farrier set his front shoes, but rasped the inner circle of the shoe to help the silicone "grip". He expressed concerns that Archie's flat and wide feet wouldn't hold the silicone well, so the goal is to hopefully get 2-3 weeks of wear out of the silicone. He said it would be different if we were treating a laminitic horse versus my arthritic horse.
- Then the farrier attached self-adhesive foam pads to his shoe, pressing in on the center rim so they weren't flush with the bottom of the shoe.
- Devote a couple minutes to cut the shit and let Archie help adhere the foam.
- It was like 27º outside so I really questioned the efficacy of this, but the silicone is in a double-barreled tube (spring-loaded like a caulk gun) and it's got a long screwed-on tip. Then he inserted the tip into the pocket of the foam created by the opening of his shoe and just injected the silicone. Couple squishes for bubbles and to determine fill and then Archie could put his foot down.
- After both feet were done, the farrier trimmed his hinds and we waited about another fifteen minutes for the silicone to harden. He said it would be much quicker in the summer.
- Extra foam on the toes to prevent leakage.
- Removing the foam.
- And Archie's new orthotic squishies!
I hopped on the Kid yesterday and we did a little bit of walking before he spooked and I asked him to move forward. Instead of the trot I expected, Archie picked up a lovely rolling canter and maintained it for a while. He was just incredible.