You may be able to tell how much new, sharp gravel is now on our road - Rhio doesn't tolerate this footing at all!
Rhio & I attempted a conditioning ride down the road today, but had to abort the mission about a mile into it, because the county had graded the road & added a layer of fresh gravel. Rhio is barefoot (I didn't think to dig out the boots yet this spring - guess it's time!) and doesn't tolerate that sharp gravel. Bummer! We did a little work in the outdoor arena when we got back, and called it a day.
foot update: last trim 2 1/2 weeks ago, when the arc to take the hoof wall out of weight bearing below the injury was redone - we've been riding so much that the hoof has nearly grown the arc out already! Exercise increases hoof growth.
and a better view of the injury itself. The coronary band is looking great, but I'm not very happy with the large hoof defect that does seem to be forming.