So, last night she got the hinds put on. There was not time to repair the quarter chips with Adhere, but I do plan on filling them in for appearance sake, if nothing else. (although it would help prevent the exposed edge of the shoe from getting caught on a rock or root)
Uh-oh. I lunged her so I could see it. Sure enough, definite head bob (right front) and tightness in the shoulder and neck muscles. I booted her up with her Epics and pads and brought her back out on the lunge again. Head bob gone and muscle tension reduced. Hmm. For a multitude of possible reasons, she was not comfortable working barefoot (she hunted last season barefoot and totally comfortable). Not the best place to be just a few weeks before the hunt season starts!
I looked into a bunch of different plastic horseshoes on the market and selected the Ground Control Shoes for their traction, ease of application and price point (and the fact that they were one of the two that are manufactured in her size!)
Now that she has them all the way around, the difference in her willingess to move and relaxation through her body have improved dramatically. This morning she was loose, relaxed, stretching. Her lateral work was fluid and smooth. I could almost feel her say "ahhhhhh".
I'm truly impressed and so happy that my horse is comfortable. She's ready to roll for the hunter pace on the 17th and our first hunt of the season on the 24th! Nice. :)