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post #71 of 87 Old 05-14-2013, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Loosie: I did look at the link in your signature for pic tips. I just snapped a couple of quick ones with my phone while I was down there. I don't have anywhere true level to take picks so I tried to find the most level spot I could.

He isn't overweight. If anything it is hard to keep weight on him being a 13 year old OTTB. It seems he's sore on his toes not his heels. When he walks he is landing in a heel first strike. I imagine, if his heels were sore, he would land toe first... I might take him off the BOSS for a while and see if he improves.

Will his foot eventually be drawn back up into the capsule better? I see what you are saying about the dip. Makes sense now that I know more about the structure of the hoof.

Hubby will be home for the weekend and I'll have him help me get some better pictures. Sometimes it's hard to make a horse and my 3 year old son behave at the same time :)
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post #72 of 87 Old 05-14-2013, 10:06 AM
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Do you have styrofoam( like a gardening knee pad or an exercise mat or such, and duct tape?
If yes, make him some slippers. Cut out hoof shaped pads and attach with duct tape. See if that makes him a bit more comfy, until he has "adjusted". Put these on for a few hours a day, and if the styrofoam is flattened, just tape another piece under.
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post #73 of 87 Old 05-14-2013, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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I'm sure I can find something to pad his feet around here. Great idea, thanks! I've gotta go change water this morning so I'll take another look at him and get his feet padded.
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post #74 of 87 Old 05-14-2013, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Just got back from changing water and checking on Comic. He is moving a lot better today. He came walking across the pasture to greet me without any encouragement. You can tell he's still a little tender on one foot but yesterday he was reluctant to even walk to get his treats. Hopefully he'll just continue to get better. I'll check him again later today. I did skip giving him the BOSS today even though I don't think that's his problem. Rather be safe than sorry right now.

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post #75 of 87 Old 05-14-2013, 02:40 PM
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Good!
Now go back and read your initial post on that thread......you've made some huuuuuge leaps
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post #76 of 87 Old 05-14-2013, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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I can't believe how much I've learned about the hoof in a month. And I was so ignorant before. Thought they were just big toenails for walking on. Thanks to everyone on here who was patient with me, answered my questions, gave me links, pointed me in the right direction, took time to look at my pictures, and kept going on this journey with me. Comic is probably even more grateful than I am!
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post #77 of 87 Old 05-27-2013, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Update and lots of pics. I did my first trim alone today after 2 weeks of reading and studying the links given on here and some links on those links. Please remember this is my very first time ever doing this. Please help me to see what I did right and what I did wrong.

Left Front Pics First






Right Front





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post #78 of 87 Old 05-27-2013, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Now for the rear feet

Left Rear:






Right Rear. This one he didn't like messed with. When I rasped his heels a little there was a little pink color in a few spots. Looked like maybe a bruise? I wish I had got a better picture but he stepped in "it" and I was wore out so the pic of his sole is a little poo colored.





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post #79 of 87 Old 05-27-2013, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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So a quick rundown of what I did. I trimmed off the hoof wall that was past the sole. I trimmed it back to the white line at an angle to help me with my breakover. I took his heels to about 1/16" above the sole. Barely took any off them at all. Just rasped down the high "points" that had developed. I didn't touch his toe callous or sole anywhere for that matter. Like I said, he seemed like he had a bruise or something on the heel of the Right Rear foot. It's the only foot with white and there were a few little pin size spots of pink.

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Looking quite good for a first time! I leave the details to loosie, tho
Most important....how is he moving now?
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