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        07-10-2012, 09:59 AM
      #41
    Green Broke
    Thanks for the feedback everyone! And yeah I did kind of wonder if they were too long, but then when I looked at the bottoms there didn't appear to be much past the white line which is what was throwing me off. But if the toe was allowed to grow too long, it may just be an illusion to me. I do think I need to call her old farrier and at least have him take a look. He trimmed her for years so he knows what she used to look like.
         
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        07-10-2012, 10:21 AM
      #42
    Green Broke
    Well, left a message with my old farrier to see if he'd be willing to come out to take a look if I paid him some extra $$ for the mileage...or whether I could just trailer to him instead. I really really liked him, he did her hooves for years and I never had any issues with her. He's familiar with barefoot trimming AND shoeing and has a lot of experience. I always asked him to tell me if he ever suspected she would need shoes, and he always told me she has perfect hooves and didn't need them. I hope he sees that in her again and can correct some of this stuff going on :-/
         
        07-10-2012, 10:44 AM
      #43
    Foal
    Have you tried rasping the edges yourself? I have an OTTB who is barefoot and chips his feet like that on trail. I find that if I can take 5 minutes to put a fresh roll on them before I ride then they stay in much better shape. Plus it extends the life of his trim a LOT. I only have to have the farrier out every 9 weeks these days.
         
        07-10-2012, 11:03 AM
      #44
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cheshirecat    
    Have you tried rasping the edges yourself? I have an OTTB who is barefoot and chips his feet like that on trail. I find that if I can take 5 minutes to put a fresh roll on them before I ride then they stay in much better shape. Plus it extends the life of his trim a LOT. I only have to have the farrier out every 9 weeks these days.
    I almost bought one of those "Rider's Rasp"s the other day, saw it in the tack shop. But I was concerned that I would use it too often and wear her hooves down too much or mess up her angles or something! Are they pretty easy to use/how often did you use yours?
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        07-10-2012, 11:29 AM
      #45
    QOS
    Green Broke
    I trim/rasp my own horses. It looks to me like her toe is long and is just chipping for that reason. A good mustang roll will help immensely. Glad you're getting your other farrier to look at her.

    Get a rasp and rasp her feet once a week - not much - mostly just keeping the roll in good shape and you won't see that chipping anymore.

    My gelding Sarge has fantastic feet - hard as rocks and he is not tenderfooted. Biscuit has good hard feet but they are flat so he has a tendency to be tenderfooted over rocks. Good feet are a Godsend!!
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        07-10-2012, 11:36 AM
      #46
    Green Broke
    THANK YOU everyone, you may have potentially just saved me lots of $$$$!! Yeah Sandie's feet are like SOLID ROCK, they are VERY very hard. Always have been, and they're pretty large for her size so she's got a great base of support...and the good news is that right now she is NOT lame, I just wanted to get in front of any potential issues. I like to be proactive
         
        07-10-2012, 12:06 PM
      #47
    Green Broke
    Wow, the more people I show these to, the more are saying she doesn't need shoes, she needs her toes trimmed back! I wonder how much of her recent inability to track up like she used to was from this, and not the footing as I had suspected?
         
        07-10-2012, 02:12 PM
      #48
    Foal
    To Shoe, Or Not To Shoe? That Is The Question :)

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
    YAY a farrier's opinion!! Thanks for the feedback...I guess my main concern here is that in the future, if we ever move (eventually we'd like to move to Florida!), I'd like to be able to pull her shoes and have her go barefoot again...since she has never had shoes, I just worry about nailing things into her hooves and what that could potentially do to their integrity in the future.
    There is an entirely unfounded old wives tale which indicates that once you put shoes on your horse's feet, the hoof structure is compromised forever, and can never go back to it's natural state. However, this is entirely unfounded. And in fact, I have clients that leave shoes on 9 months out of the year, and pull them off during the 3 remaining winter months, as a recovery period. They recovery very nicely, and adapt back to the state of a barefoot horse. After those 3 months, there is no evidence that they had ever been shod before, in their life.
    However, to eliminate the necessity of a recovery period, I am currently working on an undisclosed product that allows the hoof to flex naturally, while still having an adequate amount of protection.
         
        07-10-2012, 04:02 PM
      #49
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mustangnolan    
    There is an entirely unfounded old wives tale which indicates that once you put shoes on your horse's feet, the hoof structure is compromised forever, and can never go back to it's natural state. However, this is entirely unfounded. And in fact, I have clients that leave shoes on 9 months out of the year, and pull them off during the 3 remaining winter months, as a recovery period. They recovery very nicely, and adapt back to the state of a barefoot horse. After those 3 months, there is no evidence that they had ever been shod before, in their life.
    However, to eliminate the necessity of a recovery period, I am currently working on an undisclosed product that allows the hoof to flex naturally, while still having an adequate amount of protection.
    Awesome, good to know!
         
        07-10-2012, 04:03 PM
      #50
    Green Broke
    Well bad news...my old farrier won't come to my current barn "due to past experiences" No idea what happened, I didn't ask because it doesn't really matter. I asked him for some references which he gave me and one of my friends at my current barn uses someone else who she really likes so I've left that farrier a message to come take a look at her. Just hope he has an opening soon!
         

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