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    02-11-2013, 03:38 PM
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Yearling
dragging feet

My mare drags her front feet in the pasture (Riding and leading she picks up her feet though, does great on poles too). Well the dragging (Seems to only happen in the pasture) causes the toes to round up... I had actual hoof pictures but they are now missing (?). Here is the best picture I can find. Ill get more tomorrow.



Anyways my farrier says its fine and hasnt trimmed her fronts since Nov. The back have been trimmed and she doesnt drag them like she does the front. Her fronts have not gotten better and luckily have not gotten worse either. She doesnt show any signs of lameness and is only doing light exercising right now. Farrier says she is just lazy. What do you guys think? Im worried and think I may need a new farrier... Am I just being paranoid lol I tend to do that
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    02-11-2013, 03:49 PM
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Yearling
We need better picture but Im going to guess you need a new farrier with a clue if she hasnt been trimmed for 4 months.
     
    02-11-2013, 05:48 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
We need better picture but Im going to guess you need a new farrier with a clue if she hasnt been trimmed for 4 months.
Her back feet have been trimmed just not her front feet because she keeps them worn down by dragging them. I will get better pictures tomorrow. I had pictures but they are missing, deleted I think. My biggest worry is why she drags her feet and my biggest question is how do I get her to stop dragging her feet?

My BO doesnt mind that I use my own farrier which is good. Now I can change. I've been using the ranches farrier and he's the one who has told me she is fine.

Correction: her front were last trimmed in December. I went back and checked my actual records and the backs were done Feb. 3rd.
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    02-11-2013, 05:51 PM
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Yearling
I also should add that she has very slow growing hooves, no cracks or chips. Beautiful feet except she wears the toes off. Its been a little over 9 weeks since her front were last trimmed, so she is only barely overdue for them to be trimmed. She gets trimmed between 7 & 8 weeks.
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    02-11-2013, 06:39 PM
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1) I once had a horse that drug his front toes to the point of literally wearing his shoes in two ---------- he had arthritis in his ankles from the Sellers kids racing him against cars on the blacktop, in his youth

2) My 26+ Arab has an injured vertebra and some arthritis build-up. He will start dragging his back toes when he needs an adjustment.

It could be the farrier doesn't know what he's doing, in spite of how great he says he is

Or, it could be a little bit of both --- arthritis and an inept farrier:)
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    02-11-2013, 08:47 PM
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I don't understand why you have farrier out to do fronts then have him back to do hindfeet two months later. Why not have him do all four in one trip makes more sense to me.I think 7 to 8 weeks is to long inbetween trims I have farrier out every 6 weeks.
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    02-11-2013, 11:20 PM
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Yearling
Let me clarify: The first time ALL 4 feet were done, the second time he only did the back and told me the front didn't need to be done. Sorry if I was unclear. Hope that makes more sense.

I already called a new farrier. I came to the conclusion that if I had to ask then I know the answer. I was using this farrier because he is used by the ranch and they highly recommended him but I'm following my gut and getting a second professional opinion. 7-8 weeks is not too long for this particular horse. I know some horses who need work every 2-3 weeks and some are just fine for 8 weeks. Time really depends on the horse and the farrier. Before I got her a completely different farrier trimmed her to short as well. There are numerous reasons why a horse may or may not need a trim at 2-8 weeks. I can assure you that I do know enough to know her feet are just barely overdue. Thanks for your concern but my questions are what could be causing her to drag her feet and what can I do to fix the problem?

Thanks for all the advice and opinions :) I truly do appreciate it :)
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    02-11-2013, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
1) I once had a horse that drug his front toes to the point of literally wearing his shoes in two ---------- he had arthritis in his ankles from the Sellers kids racing him against cars on the blacktop, in his youth

2) My 26+ Arab has an injured vertebra and some arthritis build-up. He will start dragging his back toes when he needs an adjustment.

It could be the farrier doesn't know what he's doing, in spite of how great he says he is

Or, it could be a little bit of both --- arthritis and an inept farrier:)
Maybe pain related? I wouldn't think arthritis because on the lead and under saddle she will pick up her feet normally. She has never shown lameness, soreness, favoritism of a leg, no flinching when palpated... but also she is only 9 at the oldest and has always been a pasture pet. Probably only backed a handful of times. I don't want to dismiss pain though but it sure doesn't seem like it yet it would be my first guess if I saw this thread too. Which I guess is why I am so stumped and asking for help. I just can't seem to locate the pain if it is indeed pain causing her to drag her feet.
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    02-11-2013, 11:28 PM
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Yearling
If it matters she is 14.2hh and 1150lbs. She is out of shape and a bit overweight. Could that be her problem. I've been bringing her into work very slowly. Most of the time my kids ride her and at never more than a walk.
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    02-12-2013, 01:09 PM
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My gut tells me that rounded toes or not the toe section is still too long. The angle isn't right (?)

I will 100% admit I know nothing about farriers. I know the basics about feet but absolutely nothing on trimming.

That can not be comfortable for my mare and isn't the white line showing dangerous? Since I have owned her in Mid October her feet have been this way. I've never dealt with feet that looked like this. Chips, cracks, abscesses,thrush are all thing I know about but this is a new one on me and my gut says the farrier is misguiding me and that I need a new one ASAP. Lucky for me she has never shown a sign of lameness since I've had her.

I have a list of farriers I am calling but what should I ask or how can I tell if they are competent since I was duped once already?
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