Christmas preparations were already underway last December when I looked out the window and saw our sweet 14-year-old paint pony Sunny Princess, who we had owned for a year and a half, with her left leg stuck out at an awkward angle. For days the weather had been terrible and the ground icy, and I thought with horror that Sunny must have had an accident and broken her leg. I pulled on my winter clothing and ran out to Sunny, discovering with relief that her leg wasn't broken after all, but that she had long ice cones under both front hooves, the longest being on the left. I got a small hammer and carefully removed the ice from her hooves, and then led a very lame Sunny Princess into the barn. Luckily our farrier, Adam Ellens CF (certified farrier), was coming soon to trim the horses' hooves. While I assumed…
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