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post #21 of 152 Old 12-15-2010, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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Oh wow, I never would have noticed that. I tried to make it as level a picture as possible, and that it was exactly head-on. I'll see if I can try again and be extra anal. Please excuse my poor word choice, lol. I still need to take a few more pictures, I will for sure do that in the morning. Thanks so much for taking the time to analyze, especially if you aren't doing your own horse, lol.

Would it help if I got more pictures of the rest of her feet? Her hind feet are fine, and the other front is very similar to the one in the pictures. But I don't know if it would help. I'll also try to get a full-on of both front feet and a confo shot of her legs.
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I do have to point out that there was a horse at my old place who was an ex-hunter jumper horse, showed up lame for some reason, and the previous owners paid for lots of care, but left the horse in a box stall for a couple years, then finally dad decided to sell/get rid of horse because it was costing money and they weren't even using him. I don't know exactly what is wrong term wise, but he needs to get shots in his right navicular bursa every few months, he's doesn't have founder or anything, just an old injury that supplements alone don't relieve. I do know that his x-rays don't show anything really abnormal. Just something to think about.
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Yeah, you do bring up a good point. However, it's certainly not an old injury flaring up. She's never been injured. She's not even arthritic. Aside from being sore after a hard ride and an abscess or two, this is the ONLY thing that ever put a hitch in her step. As I said, if nothing changes by teeth time, I'll definitely get more x-rays and an ultrasound done. Thanks for popping in!

I did try stall rest but it didn't help and just made her nutty. It's easier to let her wander in the pasture than spin in her stall. :roll:
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Have you discussed your issues with her feet with your farrier?
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He comes out tomorrow, I'll be talking with him then.
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I personally would start there. Give him a chance before you change routes. Let him explain what he thinks is going on, discuss what you think is going on.
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Yeah, that's the plan. I do like the guy, and wouldn't mind suggesting him to my friends and such. He will at least do one more trim, and I will talk to him about my consult and see what he has to say. Either way though, he trim does have to change. I don't like her feet right now.

Also, the barefoot trimmer had said she could probably fix Gracie's flare. All her feet flare out a pretty ridiculous amount, and she said with her being young, changing the trim may be enough to get her growing straight feet. When I asked the farrier in using now about it, he said that's just the way her feet were. O_o
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To me the flare means she is over due for a trim at this point.
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Gracie's flare? No. It's the shape of her hoof, it has been the same shape since I got her, whether she gets a trim at 8 weeks or 5 weeks. Maybe she didn't start being trimmed early enough as a baby?

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A flare is caused when some (or all) of the hoof wall lets go from the laminae. Due to shearing force from being overgrown, or other body/diet issues going on internally (like overfeeding and laminitis). Flares can certainly be fixed, but not without growing good attachment down to the ground. There is no immediate fix for one, the laminae can not "go back together" once they have been separated. If she has had flaring continously since you have had her, assuming you have had her for some time (I don't honestly know how long you have had her) then her hoof has never been trimmed in a way to correct the flare. It isn't anything that would be residual from how she was trimmed as a baby.


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