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        10-05-2013, 10:56 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Also, ensure that you farrier is leaving his sole callouses and not carving them out. She sounds like a good barefoot trimmer, but it wouldn't hurt to be sure. Without the proper trim, he'll never have a chance to toughen up.
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        10-05-2013, 11:07 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    Trust me, she doesn't touch the soles or frog of my horse. She works with the soles of shod horses a little, but not barefoot. And his frogs are huge compared to the other horses, especially in his back feet. It's funny, she isn't a barefoot trimmer (she works almost exclusively on high level eventing/jumping/dressage horses, but I happen to be at a barn she works with) but she does a better job than the one in our area. Plus, she is just really cool.
         
        10-05-2013, 09:22 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Agree with Patty's post, excepting that I wouldn't wait a few weeks of trying Durasole before providing protection if needed - 'biochemical reactions' like sole bruises & abscesses don't take long to happen. Instead I would be protecting the feet when necessary at the same time as working to make the soles better. I haven't seen any real good results with using these chemicals(& wouldn't put it on the frogs anyway, which are commonly a 'sore spot'). I figure it's because what is really needed for protection is for the soles to *grow thicker* not just be made harder.

    I also would go so far as to say *most* domestic horses, not just 'not all' have good, thick soles & strong heels, so will require protection in some situations at least. But I don't believe genetics has much at all to do with it. It's environmental factors - the way they're kept & fed. Just like it's nothing to do with genetics that an office worker will have softer, thinner skinned palms than a brickie.
         
        10-06-2013, 01:19 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Ive had good luck with durasole. It is a good temporary aid. It doesnt harden it keeps sole from exfoliating so.easily or so I understand. Get a little on your fingertips and yo will see how well it works. Lol
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        10-06-2013, 01:24 AM
      #15
    Banned
    I did durasole here on my daughters horse his shoes came off he was tender footed. Durasole made a huge diffrence for him. So id say it works seen the proof first hand.
         
        10-06-2013, 07:33 AM
      #16
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Roux    
    Gravel roads are probably the most difficult surface for a horse to walk on. The fact that they footing is uneven under the sole and the rocks have no give can create small intense point of pressure that can be very ouchy.
    What is the difference, if any, between road gravel and pea gravel? The shape of the gravel? The thickness of the gravel bed?

    I am hoping to replace the drylot mud my horse lives in with something with better drainage, and many people say pea gravel is the best. Yes? No?
         
        10-06-2013, 08:18 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    I can personally say that pea gravel is good. It is a very small (pea sized, lol) rounded gravel that gives way easily. Supposedly its good for horses feet, and I have seen barefoot kids flat run on it with no problem. Road gravel is large, sharp and sticks up in odd ways.
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        10-06-2013, 08:54 AM
      #18
    Foal
    My Clydesdale mare is the same with gravel. Luckily, she doesn't really have to be on it often, only if crossing a road or going down the driveway. When we go down a gravel road, I'll walk her on the side in the grass. When she's on the gravel she will keep tripping and walks like she's on her tip toes....very carefully.

    Our farrier is aware that the horses walk on gravel, but she just doesn't like it.
         
        10-06-2013, 04:57 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Yeah road gravel is usually sharp, and shallow on top of a hard base. 'Pea' gravel is usually river stones - rounded & when at least 4"(pref 6") deep, it's a great 'bedding' for a horse & they are comfortable standing on it, and it's also great for conditioning hooves.
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        10-06-2013, 05:00 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Pea gravel = exactly like small round fish tank aquarium gravels

    Road gravel = same stuff that's in lots of folks driveways. Its crushed rock with sharp irregular edges from the crusher. Comes in a variety of sizes. The smaller, the less ouchy.
         

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