11-30-2012, 11:39 AM
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Oh I agree, he could be quite tender under there but I would think the force of stepping on that bar material would be uncomfortable too. Im no expert either, have had clients over the years but far from knowing all there is to know. But of the all the horses I have seen, this was a first for me. Sure I have seen horses that have been neglected and overgrown etc but just shocked to know a farrier would purposely leave this. I would say my friend has had the horse for 10 years and has had the same farrier for 10 years. I only know for sure that it has gone on for a year. She has just recently purchased a new horse who has normal feet with normal bars. Maybe this summer after the farrier works on him I can take a look and see if he is doing the same thing to him. I know when I trim, I always make sure the bars are not full weight bearing and I always clean them up so as to not allow them to layover. Seems that's the best place for an abscess is under a layed over bar. This horses bars along the frog and toe are taking almost full weight bearing, the walls are secondary weight bearing, at the toe, the wall is not hitting the ground at all. In my mind I would think that if a horse needs sole protection, a pad and shoe is the way to go, not using overgrown bars. Im hoping one of the experts will chime in with thier opinion as there could be a logical reason for this.