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post #1 of 10 Old 02-28-2012, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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10 month old foal, wondering when to get her feet trimmed for the first time

I have a 10 month old foal and I was wondering when I should get her feet trimmed. She is really good at picking up her feet and getting them picked. I am thinking even if the farrier doesn't trim them, it would be good to start getting her used to it and to check her feet out. Should I do this now or wait a bit?
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-28-2012, 07:04 PM
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If she doesn't require a trim, your farrier will probably just give her a bit of a file job, gets her used to the procedure.
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My colt has been having his feet trimmed since he was six months old. Old enough to be caught and led out alone. He's got nasty feet genetics (moms get twice the size they should be and have permanent cracks in them if they don't get done regularly and his are JUST like hers) It would take more to fix them in the future than it would take to just keep them taken care of. Its good training for him and causes less problems physically and developmentally for him as well.
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I have a 10 month old foal and I was wondering when I should get her feet trimmed?
Now.

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My foals start getting their feet filed at 4-6months old. Its more to get them used to having it done, then it actually being done.
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Make an appointment, if she needs a trim he's there.. if not it's like waresbear says she'll get a little bit of filing done. Also he can tell you when she will probably need them trimmed again.

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One very good reason IMO NOT to leave foals unhandled to grow up & 'just be a horse'. 10 month old foal? I'd say you should look at booking the first farrier visit at least... 8 months ago. If there were angular limb deformities, it's possible they could have been corrected back then, but basically what he's got by now, he's stuck with.

Normal domestic environments/lifestyles aren't generally conducive to horses being able to 'self trim' well enough - why we need farriers regularly - so there is likely to be a lot of excess growth, that has quite possibly led to imbalances which can affect the body of your growing foal too.

Even if the horse is in an environment & getting enough exercise that his feet are self trimming, imbalances can still occur & it's important to get a farrier to at least check balance, so you can manage these to prevent further problems developing.
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Usually, baby gets a light rasping at mommas 6 to 8 week farrier visit from the time he is born. This way, he is looked at regularly and any problems can be addressed.

I have to say, I don't get why people think babies don't need regular hoof care from the time they start walking on those feet. Its more important NOW than any other time in the horses life so he can develop his very fast growing feet properly to carry him the rest of his life soundly. Those feet and baby legs change and grow so much in the first year of life. Its a disservice to not maintain them early on.

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I have a horse that I got as a yearling the people who owned him never had his feet done. With in a week of owning him I had the farrier out all four feet had the hoof wall seperating from the soles. Took over a year to get his hoofs were they needed to be. Her feet should of been done months ago. Plus he was toeing in by a year old it was to late to correct that.
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I have to say, I don't get why people think babies don't need regular hoof care from the time they start walking on those feet. Its more important NOW than any other time in the horses life so he can develop his very fast growing feet properly to carry him the rest of his life soundly. Those feet and baby legs change and grow so much in the first year of life. Its a disservice to not maintain them early on.
I so agree! Our babies are at least looked at if not filed within the first two weeks of life. (farrier comes every other week). He does the first handling for free to encourage good behavior for future visits.

Correct angles are very important to developing legs. A good farrier and help stop issues down the road!
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