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post #11 of 26 Old 02-11-2013, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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I am amazed that horse held those shoes for 8-9 weeks. They look pretty strong. Curious if he really even needs them?
Absolutly needs them, he is riden up to 5 days a week, on and off roads and across rocky terrain. I tried making him go back barefoot but he was lame for days and days so I had him put back in shoes.
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post #12 of 26 Old 02-11-2013, 10:54 AM
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If you want him barefoot, you can ride him in all those places right away, let his hooves harden up in the field, that start walking him on smooth pavement

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Barefoot with hoof boots is an option too! :)

You can't expect him to ride all those places right after going barefoot. You've got to let his feet harden up and then introduce him to harder surfaces.
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Barefoot with hoof boots is an option too! :)

You can't expect him to ride all those places right after going barefoot. You've got to let his feet harden up and then introduce him to harder surfaces.
I didnt ride him for probably a month after letting him adjust to barefoot , Still no luck. He is 10 years old and has probably had shoes on his entire life. I have had him for a year now and he gets sore without them. He gets particularly sore on his left hind more than others.
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How do his frogs look?

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post #16 of 26 Old 02-11-2013, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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How do his frogs look?
I will have to get more pics of where he is at currently. I will try tonight!
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I agree that those feet look way beyond 8-9 weeks. Either the farrier isn't as good as he claims to be or that horse has some mutant hoof growing ability LOL.

As for the spot, yep just an old abscess blowout.

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IMO if its one foot getting sore, there is something else going on. Im going to bet there is thrush present and certainly contraction. He needs more than toughening up for a month, he needs to have his feet rehabilitated by a skilled farrier or trimmer. Just pulling shoes with this same type of trim wont help. He needs a rehabilitative trim that recognizes his bony structure and live sole plane and trims to that.
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Rear hind (one that he is funny acting about)


Front right

Feet on the ground




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I agree that those feet look way beyond 8-9 weeks. Either the farrier isn't as good as he claims to be or that horse has some mutant hoof growing ability LOL.

As for the spot, yep just an old abscess blowout.
My farrier is always amazed at the amount of hoof my horse grows, he gets trimmed every eight weeks and I may need to move it to six weeks......id say if I left him for 10 weeks (which I wouldn't) he'd look like that horse!!! My horse has nice big feet for a QH
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