AGE 15 Years
ACTIVITIES Hacking and schooling
HOOF CARE / HISTORY When Tess was bought and vetted in late May 2006 the vet commented what good feet she had for a thoroughbred, although she had typically flat soles. She was 13 years old and had presumably been shod all her working life, but didn’t race so far as is known.
Unfortunately within a month or so of moving to her new home that started changing, the feet flared badly, but she remained completely sound throughout. The farrier was unable to offer much hope when the time came to reshoe her, so the decision was taken to try and follow the barefoot route to see if that would help. After she had her shoes pulled she was a little sore even on smooth concrete, so boots and pads were used to keep her comfortable when needed. This situation quickly improved and after 6 weeks she started carefully back into ridden work in boots and pads.