I guess BIG is better!






I THOUGHT I WAS SEEING THINGS WHEN HE PULLED UP…

Brian has been taking care of my diesel automobiles/trucks for 4 years now.  If you live anywhere near Central CA (Arroyo Grande to San Miguel), Call Brian to work on your diesel truck or farm equipment:  909-499-5592.  No affiliation, he has no idea I am writing about him.

When Brian first came to see me, he had a big white Dodge dually, like mine, except newer.  He had a bunch of tools rigged into the bed and it was super cool.

The next year, he had a big Ford commercial truck with a lot of extras in the bed and tons of equipment and winches… It was tricked out.

Last year, he came when I was at work, so I didn’t see his truck.

This year… well, I guess we should teach our kids to be diesel mechanics because …

Holy Moly!  As you can see, the hood of his truck is at the TOP of my garage door.

BRIAN IS THE NICEST GUY…

Brian is the nicest guy!  His prices have not gone up.  He comes and does my little jobs for me and packs the bearings on my trailer.  This year he put a new starter in my truck and he’ll come back to put in new batteries and fix the foot on my trailer…

He’s just a great, big, huge, mountain man of a mechanic, who needs a big truck.

FOR REFERENCE… HIS TRUCK IS NEXT TO MY TRAILER.

My trailer is a 4star 2-horse.

A NEIGHBOR WAS OVER AND …

I had a neighbor over who was going to help me secure my hay barn tarps for winter… and he saw Brian’s truck … and his mouth dropped.

Immediately he went over and walked all around it, with his mouth still open.

Brian’s truck is like a grown man’s Transformer.

AWESOME.

 


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Have you used your infrared thermometer to check your horse’s hoof temperature? I hadn’t either!






I was reading an article in American Farrier’s Journal where they suggest taking your horses’ hoof temperatures with a digital thermometer gun.

So simple.  So smart.

Why didn’t anyone think of this or tell me about it when Tess was so ill for so long?!  Well, now all of you know.

Just use the infrared digital thermometers that everyone  is pointing at our foreheads nowadays.

What a great idea!

NORMAL HOOF TEMPERATURE

Studies have shown that a hoof over 94.1 F for six hours or more indicates severe risk of structural changes to the hoof after a laminitic event according to van Eps studies on laminitis.

So, instead of putting your hand on a hoof and guessing, now you can know.

Actually, it might be a good routine to do this with your daily feed-n-check.  If I had done this with Tess, I might have caught changes sooner.

Of course, if your horse is overfed or knocks over a grain bin and eats it all, you pretty much know there will be an issue.

But, if stress or some unknown weed creeps into your horse’s system, this would be an indicator before the issue becomes a freight train of heartache.

ARTICLE FROM A FARRIER

Although this article is about hot nails…, the concept applies.

For me, since we are all barefoot, we don’t need to check for nail.  However, the idea is brilliant to check for abnormalities in the hoof.

So simple.

I love this fix!

Here is the article from the farrier:

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Check Hoof Temperatures!

An inexpensive and highly versatile diagnostic tool may help you do a better job of shoeing

By using a hand-held infrared radiation thermometer, Andrew Elsbree never worries about hot nails.

When he’s done nailing a double nail pad on a short or broken hoof, the Greenville, N.Y., farrier frequently uses a pocket-sized infrared thermometer with a laser beam sighting device to scan the hoof’s temperature.

“If I find an area around a nail where the temperature is higher than the rest of the hoof, I’ll pull the nail and start over,” he says. “Since I bought one of these inexpensive infrared thermometers, I haven’t had to go back to a barn to deal with a nail.”

Normally, Elsbree can use his hand to determine if there’s any excessive heat in a portion of a hoof, but not always. Using the infrared thermometer, a typical temperature in the coronet band area measures 90 degrees but drops to 87 or 88 degrees a half inch lower on the hoof.

“If your heel or toe nails are warmer than the rest of the hoof, the temperature reading may show you have a problem with a hot nail,” he says.

Pull The Trigger

Elsbree finds the thermometer works best when held an inch or two from the hoof. “Just aim the pistol-like instrument at a specific hoof area, pull the trigger and read the temperature on the screen,” he says.

hoof tempPOINT, SHOOT, READ. With a pocket-sized, easy-to-use infrared thermometer, varying hoof-area temperatures can help you immediately spot shoeing troubles before finishing a horse.

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