Going on a trek with a horse is a great adventure. And the fun starts way early, with the preparations!
In this case that included having The Tarq fitted with horse-shoes as we were advised on some bad roads the third day. I prefer Tarq to go barefoot, but I had to do something now. It has also been very hot and dry and even Tarq’s feet are cracking a tiny bit, so talking it over with my blacksmith, we decided going for light-weight quarter shoes.
So, ready to ”catch” The Tarq. It was half past two, very hot, and The Tarq was full into his siesta. I managed to drag him out of the meadow, but I don’t think he has really woken up during the whole operation.
And don’t underestimate that! All that hammering, fussing, customising the shoes…
And Geert was working hot too! That means he heated up the shoes in the oven and matching them hot on the hoof!
Quite a lot to deal with, especially as this is a first for The Tarq!
Tarq during the ordeal: He’s actually standing comfortably on only two legs!!! One is held up by Geert, and the other is at rest!
Geert customising the shoes
Matching the shoe on Tarq’s foot
While Tarq is trying to stay upright…
The shoe is nailed to the hoof
Tarqs second hoof is being prepped: Tarq is trying very hard to keep his head up
The nails stick out a few cm, and are trimmed to short stubs, so they can be bent back, thereby keeping the iron tight to the hoof.
To make the hammered back stubs flush with the hoof, little recesses are cut into it with a special tool. The stubs are then trimmed again, and bend into the recesses.
The stubs are being bend back
Two perfectly shod feet!
The hind feet are not shod, they only get a little pedicure
One horse trying desperately to stay awake enough to keep standing.
Yeah, this Arab thoroughbred is só ready for a gruelling four-day trek!!!