Luke's front hoof looks like this from being so dry and stomping from the flies. I might have to put shoes on him for the first time in the 7 years I've had him. I did put some hoof conditioner on but I doubt that will help much. Just makes me feel like I'm doing something.
Murphy, with his platter-sized feet, is doing just fine.
Luke also has managed to kick or step on himself, probably also fly induced. Believe it or not, I cleaned out this cut, but the stuff I put on to keep the flies away is obviously a dust magnet. I didn't even notice the bloody spot in the front where the brownish fur starts. Wonder what that's from?
Yesterday, Java and I drove to another park that I want to trailer Luke to this weekend. It's a state forest so I had to buy a trail license today in order to not get tagged if I ride there.
Java and I walked down a hiking trail while we were there. I wish I would have remembered to bring my camera because it was beautiful, with trees looming over us and so thick you couldn't see where the trail was going to.
I'll have to carry a camera when I take Luke there. A hand-held GPS would be nice too because the park is huge and I couldn't find a trail map. I might not make it out again, which reminds me, I need to buy a water bottle holder to hook onto my saddle.
I'll need to lavishly apply fly spray to both Luke and I when we go, because the deer flies are out in full force. Even Java, with her thick coat, was getting irritated by them.
The horses generally don't start looking this worn out from heat and bugs until late June/early August. But it's been a weird summer so far and not in a good way, at least not in a good way for horses.
I guess you have to take the bad with the good during the summer...