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post #11 of 25 Old 05-17-2013, 07:12 AM
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Hi, Farriers don't need to be skilled specifically in 'barefoot trims', but they need to be able do *correct* trimming. Best to show pics after a trim & hooves being clean. Check out the link below for more tips on critique pix.

Quite long but crushed under heels, very flared quarters, especially on the left, and while the very wide looking 'white lines' are full of dirt, with them being that stretched long term, I'd expect some reasonably substantial infection is likely going on too.

What was the cause of the lameness back in December? What is his lifestyle & work load? What surfaces does he live & work on?
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post #12 of 25 Old 05-17-2013, 07:43 AM
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You really need a farrier, who knows how to take your horse from shoes to shoeless. My farrier did it over several months. Peppy has a trim about every seven weeks. Trims depends on hoof growth .the feet will be tender at first, but will toughen up. I spend time on hoof care, and it has really paid off. I treat them according to conditions. If a lot of rain, I keep a sealant on them to keep them dry. If dry I use a moisturizer to keep them from cracking. If you don't have a farrier you may need to transport your horse to one.
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post #13 of 25 Old 05-17-2013, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
What was the cause of the lameness back in December? What is his lifestyle & work load? What surfaces does he live & work on?
We were never certain of what caused the lameness in December - it seemed to be a very deep case of thrush but we weren't positive. He is worked at least 5 days a week either w/t/c or free lunging on a soft footing. He is out in a grass pasture during the day and at night he is brought in to a stall with wood shavings and a private run next to his stall.

I know it will take a while for his feet to grow out and have a proper trim, but how long do you suspect it will take? Once I find a farrier (and I will be keeping an EXTREMELY close eye on his feet from here on out), how will I go about getting the foot corrected? How long (approximately) will it take for his feet to be fixed? Should he be getting any exercise right now with his feet being in such bad condition?
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post #15 of 25 Old 05-17-2013, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I have contacted Nathan Wilson from Wilson Farrier Services and he will be out on Wednesday to help me out. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to eliminate all the cracks in his heel? Also, should he go on stall/pasture rest until his feet are in better condition? We purchased some hoof boots for him so we will be leaving those on him almost 24/7 (except for cleaning them out) until the farrier comes.
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Horse has flaring, long toes, long underrun heels and looks imbalanced possibly also. Needs a proper trim now.

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post #17 of 25 Old 05-17-2013, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by schoene View Post
Thank you! I have contacted Nathan Wilson from Wilson Farrier Services and he will be out on Wednesday to help me out. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to eliminate all the cracks in his heel? Also, should he go on stall/pasture rest until his feet are in better condition? We purchased some hoof boots for him so we will be leaving those on him almost 24/7 (except for cleaning them out) until the farrier comes.
Don't think its a good idea to leave hoof boots on 24/7 there not meant to be left on. He needs to be outside moving around. Not locked up in a stall.

Maybe do boots 12 hours on 12 hours off I sure wouldn't leave them on 24 /7.
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post #18 of 25 Old 05-17-2013, 06:25 PM
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Hay, Schoene. Here's something for you to consider even if it seems unlikely in this case. Try not to overlook the possibility of laminitis. You mentioned that he is chubby from the green grass, so perhaps ask the farrier his opinion on whether or not your horse is chubby enough to be tender in hooves from laminitis. Vast experience with different laminitic horses prompts me to write this.
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post #19 of 25 Old 05-18-2013, 08:08 AM
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Are the cracks in the heels cracks, or could it be a condition called scratches?
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post #20 of 25 Old 05-18-2013, 08:46 AM
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I don't get the attitude that farrier's can't do a good barefoot trim. The farrier has gone to school and understands the whole leg and it's dynamics as well as any veterinarian. Many of the barefoot trimmers have taken very short courses and hang out a shingle. Barefoot isn't always the be-all and end-all. Should a horse need shoes to help resolve an issue, the trimmer is unable to do this. A farrier has invested a lot of time and money to obtain the schooling and training in his field so please don't be quick to condemn.
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