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        03-03-2014, 10:58 AM
      #21
    Foal
    What about snow?
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        03-03-2014, 11:13 AM
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    I always pick feet when I'm out there because he picks up rocks while he's out.
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        03-03-2014, 11:23 AM
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    Green Broke
    Here's what I've seen from my two horses. I live in coastal Texas. So we'll have bouts of lots of rain, then none. 80 degrees one day, 28 degrees the next(this weekend! Urgh!) During the 9 or so months that it's hot here, it's humid as all get out. My farrier travels all over the country including Ohio and New Mexico. He said he's never seen any area more prone to thrush than ours. With the humidity and on and off rain, it's a breeding ground for thrush.

    During this summer and fall, I picked their feet every day. Their frogs were big and healthy, no problem at all. This winter I have slacked on the feet picking, maybe once every week or so if that. Their frogs have suffered because of that. They're still nice and healthy, but I've had to take off a lot more tags than is usual. Their sulci are also pitted. Just a small recession, no cracks or anything. But it is a lot more pronounced now than it was when I was picking their feet every day. Still no thrush, even though we've had a bit of rain lately, but there has been a difference.
         
        03-03-2014, 11:32 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by egrogan    
    And when I picked her feet afterwards, she had a giant, sharp rock wedged deep in her foot- could have been there a couple of days, who knows. Poor thing.
    And that is exactly why I personally pick out their feet every single ride, or at least check them. It happens more often than you would think that I find a ROCK wedged in there somewhere.
         
        03-03-2014, 11:45 AM
      #25
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by beau159    
    And that is exactly why I personally pick out their feet every single ride, or at least check them. It happens more often than you would think that I find a ROCK wedged in there somewhere.
    Yep, I'm with you. That's why my "limited picking" experiment was quite short lived!
         
        03-03-2014, 12:07 PM
      #26
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Kayella    
    Here's what I've seen from my two horses. I live in coastal Texas. So we'll have bouts of lots of rain, then none. 80 degrees one day, 28 degrees the next(this weekend! Urgh!) During the 9 or so months that it's hot here, it's humid as all get out. My farrier travels all over the country including Ohio and New Mexico. He said he's never seen any area more prone to thrush than ours. With the humidity and on and off rain, it's a breeding ground for thrush.
    During this summer and fall, I picked their feet every day. Their frogs were big and healthy, no problem at all. This winter I have slacked on the feet picking, maybe once every week or so if that. Their frogs have suffered because of that. They're still nice and healthy, but I've had to take off a lot more tags than is usual. Their sulci are also pitted. Just a small recession, no cracks or anything. But it is a lot more pronounced now than it was when I was picking their feet every day. Still no thrush, even though we've had a bit of rain lately, but there has been a difference.
    Kayella: Do you think the sulci and frogs suffered more due to the wetter weather, and not your experiment? Do you have consistently wet weather come winter? I didn't see if you mentioned that. We get fairly wet weather, but not really any real thrush since we first got here and my horse adjusted, it seems. That might be due in part though with the fact that come spring, I do tend to use a teat tree oil/ apple cider vinegar spray on their feet a couple times per week as a preventative.

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    Originally Posted by beau159    
    And that is exactly why I personally pick out their feet every single ride, or at least check them. It happens more often than you would think that I find a ROCK wedged in there somewhere.
    Me too beau159 and others that said this. We always pick before and after rides. Always have, but especially so because here where we live, all properties breed rocks and stones like no tomorrow!
         
        03-03-2014, 12:14 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Thrush is almost unavoidable during the winter here and picking alone (no matter how often) will not prevent it. What I generally do is pick before I ride and not after- I'd rather have arena sand packed in his hooves than soiled bedding. I also should (but admittedly have not been great about lately) apply some type of thrush medication a couple times a week.
         
        03-03-2014, 12:20 PM
      #28
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Yeah, I guess if you were to pack, it should really only be done on purpose...i.e, picking them and letting them walk through mud that is only that- mud. Our horses were all dry lotted (tubby QHs and minis...haha) and our dry lots were ALWAYS been picked for muck, rocks, and twigs- so it really wasn't all that often that you'd find rocks or such in their feet. In a pasture or rocky area though, I'd really worry about that o.o

    What are y'alls opinions on picking the feet of stalled horses? I had to stall Kenzie for a month or so due to her deciding she was a deer who could jump any fence, and never knew how to care for her feet. They regressed a LOT in the single month of stalling, after almost a year of 24/7 being out in the elements with dry dirt, mud, manure, and the likes. Going into a stall, no matter how clean I kept it, was just awful. The tops of her hooves began to look almost gooey near the coronet and chipped, the frog shrunk a little, and the sole started shedding (not bad, but still a change). No thrush, but I'm 99% sure she would have gotten it if she'd been there longer. I picked her every other day when I saw her, and she always seemed to have some sort of wet shavings up in her frogs that were insane to get out!
         
        03-03-2014, 12:50 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    GG, we have on and off wet weather. I try to keep them out of the mud(moreso to not rip their paddock up) so rather than standing in water puddles and mud, they go out a day or so after the rain so it's a drier mud. This mud is great for shedding off excess sole as it really packs into their feet and isn't so wet and gooey. This is the same protocol I follow in the summer with stalling them after a big rain, so their frog condition isn't really due to a lot of rain or such.
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        03-03-2014, 12:50 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    I always pick my horses feet just because he walks over a gravel drive way to get to and from the pasture morning and evening when he is stalled at night. That way I know there aren't any rocks in his feet that will cause bruising. Although when its really cold and/or snowy his feet are usually sparkling clean and I don't even have to pick them, but always check just incase.
         

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