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post #31 of 66 Old 08-01-2013, 11:42 AM
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Yep, def agree allowing even more heel is not the answer - they're not short, but crushed low
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post #32 of 66 Old 08-01-2013, 12:14 PM
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Definitely look a lot better keep us posted on the crack I have an older(28) gelding that has the same type of crack not as far up to the hairline but the same look to it and is always present it gets better and worse but is always there. I can't post pics on here because of my phone but it is similar to yours.
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post #33 of 66 Old 08-05-2013, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all!

Wanted to include a Whiskey update. I was hoping to include pics, but I'm going to try and grab some tomorrow. It is storming down here and the thunder was causing him to be skittish tonight. Decided it wasn't the best time for pics.

However, I am pleased to announce that new hoof growth is already evident! The cracks have began to grow out! He is currently only shod on his two fronts, because my farrier didn't feel comfortable trying to find a place for the nails for his rear right shoe, so we opted to leave back shoes off. He has been doing fine without the back shoes, and his back feet are also looking much better.

His previous owners rode him in spurs/with a dressage whip constantly and said he was extremely lazy. Since having his feet done we have gone on a few trail rides, and he has not once shown himself to be lazy. I havent even put on spurs, or taken any kind of crop, etc with me. I think it was a painful foot thing, not laziness.

He is running around the pasture now, constantly up to something.Its amazing what a little TLC and nutrition can do for their spirits :) Hes actually acting like he is newly 4 instead of newly 40.

Also pleased to announce I can successfully pick up all 4 feet without him trying to put them down before I do. I have also been working with him on lifting his feet for the farrier, so I'm hoping there will be noticeable difference by his next appointment.

He is truly an amazing guy, and I am so glad I have been able to help him out. Below, I'm attaching two pictures I managed to snap of him yesterday. He was running around with Drifter in our top all-weather arena and he decided to put himself over a jump. I was on my way to take it down while they played around, but he beat me to it. Twice in fact. I feel like hes like "look mom! No hoof pain! Woo!".

He is still skinny ( as you can tell), but we are getting there! We have also been learning to work in a correct frame, playing around with hill work and we just got a saddle fitter out to help us fit him correctly! Really excited about this boy's future.

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post #34 of 66 Old 08-05-2013, 10:18 PM
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post #35 of 66 Old 08-05-2013, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Sums up my feelings exactly smrobs haha. Pretty sure that's how I look the entire time I am working with him now.
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post #36 of 66 Old 08-11-2013, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all! Just HAD to share this wonderful video of Whiskey. Really shows what a little foot care can do.

Just as a recap: When I brought Whiskey to my barn about a month ago, he was sold to me as being "lazy, uncooerative, a pain, etc". I noticed that he did seem sluggish and not motivated to move, and wondered how much of that was relared to the sorry condition of his feet. His former owner swore to me up and down that you had to lay into him with a crop, whip or spurs to get him faster than a trot and that he would not canter. She also said the trot you did manage to get would be one where he dragged his toes. She told me to not even bother lunging because youd have to chase him with a whip to get him to move.

Well ta-da! This was only Whiskey's 4th time free lunging and he is A CHAMP! He will accelerate, slow down, change gaits, etc all with verbal cues. I never once needed my whip. He is very responsive and as you can see .. has no trouble cantering :)

I really think his lazyness was foot related. His hooves improve every day and his attitude and energy does as well. So happy for this cute little boy! The second video is just to show his main motivation for life--food!! ha ha

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post #37 of 66 Old 08-11-2013, 10:57 AM
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No foot no horse! yay for good hoof care and comfy horse!

Married to my One! 10-11-13 Steampunk style:)
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post #38 of 66 Old 08-11-2013, 11:46 AM
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LOL, he didn't want to slow down!

That's awesome, he looks great.
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post #39 of 66 Old 08-11-2013, 09:02 PM
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That's wonderful! I wish I could convince a friend of mine of exactly what you demonstrated with this horse. She has similar complaints about her horse and his feet are terrible :( though not as bad as what you started with here.

Congrats and happy horsing!
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post #40 of 66 Old 08-13-2013, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Great news- Whiskey has moved up a shoe size. I will try to take some pics of his new feet tomorrow.

Bad news- hes had a cough I havent thought much of that occasionally showed up when exercising. Yesterday he was coughing even while standing still and it had a nasty wet sound to it, along with small amounts of nasal discharge. No fever or anything but decided to have my vet out anyways just to check. I honestly figured it was allergies. Well they came out this morning and he had copious amounts of nose gunk and an awful cough. Hes on quarantine with antibiotics. Was running a low fever when I checked him tonight but my vet said that is normal with respiratory infections. They are doing a culture because the area he is from has had an outbreak of both EEE and West Nile. Praying it isnt even close to either of those. Vet seems to believe it is a case of bacterial pneumonia that we caught early. Hoping the antibiotics will fix him up. Poor little man. He is not feeling well at all.
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