Event Lines on Hooves

Over the weekend, I noticed some pretty distinctive event lines on Gina’s front hooves.

I was curious about what could have caused them, so I sent a message to my friend Trista. In addition to being a dressage rider, certified therapeutic riding instructor, animal nutritionist, and cattle rancher, Trista is also a farrier. Like, a went-to-farrier-school farrier.
Here’s the message I sent her along with the above picture:
“I noticed these lines on Gina’s front hooves yesterday. They’re like bumps- the line isn’t like a speed bump that raises then goes back down, they’re more like a bank jump, where they raise and stay that way to the toes. Any thoughts? The hoof seems fine and she’s sound, but I’m curious about what they’re from! (And figured you were the person to ask.)”

And Trista’s reply:
“Interesting. Probably just a difference in nutrition from the time she went from Linda’s where she was getting fed some feed and then when she went to our place and was just on grass. Smooth rings like that (that aren’t wavy, squiggly lines) are related to nutrition differences from one period to another. If they’re kinda more like squiggly lines, those rings would be from an illness or fever or trauma like founder. She’s fine, especially since she’s not lame or anything. And she’ll probably get some more of those as the green grass comes up in the pasture. My horses always get them in the spring. My grulla mare especially gets really prominent rings just like Gina does. No worries.”
Well, duh, I should have figured they were from Gina’s change in diet a few months ago. I’m curious to see if more rings appear. Moe doesn’t have any so far, but he’s also had less of a drastic change than Gina has. 
Have y’all ever noticed event lines on your horse’s hooves?

Moe’s Weird Eye

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been a little concerned about Moe’s right eye. It’s been just a little weird. Not “freak out and call the vet” weird, but “watch it and see what it does” weird.

Not a great picture, but the eye in question.

He hasn’t been opening his right eye quite as wide as his left. The right eye is more watery than the left, but the discharge is thin and clear; there’s no thick mucous or scary colors. The eye appears to have a touch of cloudiness in it, but that’s been there for at least a year and my vet didn’t think it was a problem. Moe’s eyelid and eye area don’t appear swollen or inflamed. While he isn’t keen on me touching it and attempting to pry his eyelids open, he isn’t thrilled about that treatment on his good eye either.

Small difference.

I’d hazard a guess that he can see out of it. Transitioning from the sunny pasture to the dim barn and back again doesn’t seem to bother him. He’s jumping exactly as he’s jumped for the last 11 years- no funny distances, no hesitation, no drifting.

Today, I dragged my 38-weeks pregnant friend Trista down to see the eye and get her opinion. Trista is a practical person with worlds of experience dealing with equine and bovine issues. When she called me today to ask if I could give her directions to Whole Foods so she could pick up some special pine tar soap for a pregnancy-related itchy rash, I offered to drive her there if she’d look at Moe’s weird eye. (Evidence of Trista’s practicality: when she was told this soap would help, she first searched her horse trailer to see if she had any pine tar hoof dressing. Hardcore.)

Of course, just when I brought in a second opinion, Moe’s eye appeared completely normal. A little watery, but I chalked that up to the 35 MPH wind gusts today. Trista’s opinion was that Moe had something a mutual friend’s horse had suffered from last summer: some kind of virus. The friend had the vet out to check, as she thought it might be moon blindness. The vet (who is also my vet) told her the horse had a virus and advised her to just let it run its course. The horse is totally fine and hasn’t had any problems since; the virus cleared up on its own after about a month.

So here’s my question: anyone have any thoughts on eye ailments? I’ve been reading articles on Equine Herpesvirus-2 keratitis, moon blindness, and cataracts; Moe’s symptoms seem to be a closest match for EHV-2 keratitis. Anyone have any experience?

Horsey Baby Gifts

My pal and fellow equestrian Trista (who, as you may remember, let my horses live in her cow pasture for months) is expecting a baby boy next month! It’s her first child, and I know she and her husband Gage are super excited. All of Trista’s dressage friends are throwing her a baby shower next weekend, so I’ve had this horse-themed baby shower on the brain lately. (Trista and I have, of course, discussed how this baby will surely be the next William Fox-Pitt or Steffen Peters.)

How cute are these horse-shaped soaps for party favors? 
A baby horse in pajamas on a baby blanket? Dying.
Horse onesie? Check.
From what I gather, babies require lots of stuff. Trista will definitely need a feedsack tote to carry it all around, right?
Horse mobile? Very cool.
Crocheted horse baby hat?! Cute overload!
Trista isn’t registered anywhere and has informed all of her would-be gifters that the baby’s grandparents will be taking care of major baby items. True to her practical nature and embarrassment over the fuss being made, she told me she really just wants one thing at this baby shower: a loose-ring french link snaffle for her horse, Rocket.
Trista & Rocket dressagin’