“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Toe Work and Blueberry Season

The passing of time is marked in these strange days by
unusual occurrences... like the every-eight-week visit
of the farrier.
Time's passage used to be marked by much more exciting activities,
but such is life in the year of Covid-19.

I'm not complaining... truly, I'm not.
Our days are full.
We never have to search for something to do.
It always finds us... and gets put at the end of the "list".
You know the list... if you've ever lived on a farm...
the list is never-ending.
It's job security.
And there's plenty of that around here!

But, back to the farrier...
Healthy hooves are a super important part of equine health.
After all, the entire weight of the horse
(and in Moonie's case, that's 1500 pounds) is carried around on their hooves.
The amazing thing is - in comparative anatomy,
the hoof is comparable to our big toe.
The bones in the hoof and directly above are the distal, middle and proximal phalanx...
(the exact same bones that are in one of our toes.)
It's no wonder horses are so fragile.

Each visit, the farrier inspects the hoof health, trims extra growth of the hoof wall,
and makes sure the angle of the hoof is correct
to facilitate the horses' movement.

It takes him about 1 ½ hours to do all...

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