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post #11 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all! I called my farrier in between some classes today and expressed my concern and he said it wasn't gravel, and that he should be ok, he is just not used to going without shoes. He said especially since he is sound all over his pasture and he has the same footing (if not rockier ) in his pasture. He told me to get boots if it would make me feel better but that after watching Drifter move the other day, he doesn't see why he should be so 'ouchy'. He was nice about it, not snarky at all! That was just the basic gist of our conversation ha ha

So I am attaching a picture of the road I am walking him on. And maybe its not gravel? But I have always called these kinds of roads gravel road...so I don't know. I am going to look into boots because it will give me some peace of mind. He was walking fine on it today when I had to lead him to the vet for some dental work, and the vet said he didn't show any pain response with hoof testers so at least that means he isn't bruising. And the vet was like "let me see him walk" and of course Drifter is just walking happy as you please.

It's like he knows when I finally speak up about a problem, and then he decides it's not a problem anymore. *sigh*

We also had a scary bout with the sedation after getting his teeth floated. He had a minor reaction, but came through it ok. I was incredibly freaked out though. That's never happened.

Heres the road: Gravel? Not Gravel? Still shouldn't be walking on it either way? There are sections of his pasture with this same sort of ground on it.
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post #12 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Also, loosie, I am doing my best to learn as much as I can about hoof care. My research was what first led me away from the other farrier and to this new guy. Even with a ways to go on feet issues, Drifter is moving much better after only 2 trims with my new farrier. He answers my questions, gave me some book titles to look into since I mentioned I was trying to further my knowledge and will explain what he is doing every step of the way and doesn't get tired of me asking questions, which is a huge plus ha ha.
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post #13 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 10:29 PM
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I would walk him in hoof boots on that surface. Every little imperfection hurts when they are initially barefoot.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-26-2012, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks MyBoyPuck! Does he need boots for being in the pasture too, then? He is out 24/7 and he has to walk over areas like that to get to water and such. Or would the hoof boots only be necessary when hand walking him?
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-27-2012, 01:01 AM
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I'll answer the above & say it sounds like he's OK in the paddock, & hoof boots full time can be problematic & should only be used 24/7 if absolutely necessary.

Despite him being apparently OK now, I'd personally want boots for him for occasional stuff at least. & if you're doing much on rough ground, I'd also be paying close attention to how he's using his feet - eg. he may not be obviously 'gimpy' but he's landing toe-first or such - before deciding he doesn't need boots at all.

Oh & yes, I'd call that gravel, albeit a bit milder looking than the big, sharp chips they put on roads around here.
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