The flies are super annoying this summer. I’m not sure what causes it but I know they are annoying the crap out of me. Scarlet seems to be okay and isn’t rubbing his face too much. I still feel bad because I want to try to help him a bit with keeping the flies off of him.
I’ve been tossing around the idea of getting him fly boots for a while and finally decided to go for it. I bought the Shofly leggins that a few other bloggers have tried. I’d been able to get a good look at L’s and thought they were pretty dang sturdy. When they came in, I took them out to adorn Scarlet.
He was NOT pleased.
I thought it was hilarious and figured he’d get over it. He still seems annoyed with me whenever I go out there and put them back on but it’s been only about a week and he hasn’t worn them the full week yet. I’ll give it some more time and if he still seems to hate them, I may stop. My biggest concern is he is CONVINCED he cannot walk with them on. He reluctantly steps forward to grab treats and I’m pretty sure he isn’t walking as much in his stall. Again, hoping this goes away as he gets used to them but its a wait and see game.
Scarlet’s hooves have been bothering me for a while. They’ve got a lot of cracks in the heel and they flake off quicker in the sole area. I couldn’t determine if it was just from the dry weather or from bad diet. I’ve added a hoof supplement but that’s going to take a long time to grow out proper hoof. I don’t seem to be seeing any difference in the hoof growth up by the band either. That stuff is flakey as well.
I tried to research moisturizing hooves but there’s a lot of contradictory stories out there, not much research. Most of what I could find was anecdotal evidence of doing it one way or another. The heel seemed to be flaking more lately and I finally decided to look up some hoof conditioner. I figured I’d use it sparingly and watch to see if there is any result, good or bad, and then decide to continue from there.
I purchased some Rainmaker hoof conditioner and have used it on him twice so far. All it seems to be doing is allowing the dirt to stick to his hoof better. I’ll need to give him a bath and let his hooves dry to see if there is any noticeable difference. I took some pictures in order to have a reference of how all the hooves looked before I started this.