All I can say is thank goodness for the boots! It is still so painful for Little Love to walk on hard ground that it took me ten minutes to get her out of her stall today despite the mats I had laid on the floor. She just did not want to come out. I think I need to figure out a way to put the boots on in the stall without getting tons of shavings in there as well. Because once she has the boots on she is like a different horse. Today I barely got the second one strapped on when she was already moving. She seems so motivated to walk, I'm thinking she has really missed being out and about.
I walked with her in the arena for about ten minutes. She was really energetic and alert at first, but soon became visibly tired. I really think this whole ordeal has taken lots of her energy and she will take some time to recover, not only physically but mentally as well. After ten minutes I could also tell that she was starting to feel her feet. So we walked another two minutes and then headed back to the barn. I'm afraid the boots could start rubbing her around the pastern (I could already see where...) if I had them on for a long time, so we definitely need those pastern wraps asap. It would be great if she could wear the boots for extended periods of time in the pasture, too, since it's so dry now that the ground is fairly hard. The forecast, however, is promising some rain/sleet/snow for next week so that will change everything again.
Here's a pic of Little Love and Col out in the sun yesterday afternoon. It was exceptionally warm and Col got to be without his blanket for a few hours!