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  • Lost shoe, broken hoof
  • Dry cracking horse hoofs

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    08-04-2012, 11:24 PM
That would have freaked me out too. I'm glad the rest say it will all be ok.
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    08-04-2012, 11:58 PM
I'm sorry but she looked way overdue to me as well, must have really fast growing feet.

She should be fine until the farrier comes to see her, and I'm sure he will be able to shoe her again.
    08-05-2012, 12:10 AM
Definitely looks overdue in those first pics, but 'tis the season for fast growing hooves! My mare's area is incredibly dry and her hooves dry right up this time of year too. So everyday when I clean her water tub I dump it all around where the water tub is, and if there's not much I let it overflow a bit - that way she has to walk through mud to get water. This helps quite a bit. If it gets real bad I'd paint on hoof oil.
Good luck!
    08-05-2012, 01:34 AM
If the shoe is breaking off wall to where it SHOULD be which is pretty much the case here, they are WAY overdue lol...That is ALOT of growth. My bet is the farrier isnt taking her foot down enough or is leveling the foot to false sole or some such which is causing her shoes to come off prematurely. Can't say more or anything with certainty without pictures of when the foot was initially set except that these shoes needed reset two weeks ago according to what we have here.

ETA, your horse has pretty nice feet actually. You can see the flairing at the bottom where the wall was overgrown and weakening wanting to self trim the excess. The wall is self trimming pretty decently actually once the shoe was out of its way. If she needs shoes, a good farrier can get a set back on these feet, but if she isnt lame like you say, why bother? I see a pretty nice foot with a few decent trims although she might need to grow a tad bit of wall back. Appears she's growing super fast tho eh?
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    08-05-2012, 02:38 AM
Sorry CLaPorte, have to agree with Trinity & others. Her hooves don't look too bad but there is(now half was) a heap of overgrowth there. Her heels & bars are overgrown, but her toes have been allowed to run forward substantially. While I hesitate to make judgements on a few pics & there are bound to be other factors(dry environment not really one of them), IF this horse has been done religiously every 6 weeks for some time by the same farrier, I'd really question the job.
    08-05-2012, 06:56 AM
Thanks everyone! I appreciate everyones answers since my hoof knowledge is limited.

Glad that you experts are saying its not big deal. That's a relief. Im just a worrier. Lol.

The reason shoes were put on was because a big chunk broke off of her hoof and to prevent further cracking, he shod her. I may not have to put shoes back on her if he can trim her up really good, id prefer to leave her barefoot if I can.

Ill post pictures after he gets done. To me he seems very knowledgable. He's helped 2 of our horses, Jasper and Chilly have been being trimmed wrong my previous farrier and their comfort level and range of motion has increased since this farrier took over.

Now ya'll have got me excited for her trim. I was dreading what hed say...
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    08-05-2012, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
Thats 4 or 5 weeks of growth? O.o She was wayyyyy ovedue for a reset.
I think it should say 4 or 5 weeks overdue a hoof doesnt grow that much in 5 weeks in this weather
    08-05-2012, 09:24 AM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
The reason shoes were put on was because a big chunk broke off of her hoof and to prevent further cracking, he shod her.
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Ahhhhh I missed that part. Sounds like she has been allowed to go long then several times or he doesnt trim her back enough before setting a shoe. Anytime you have pieces of hoof chunking off, you likely have an overgrowth/trim issue no matter how long its been since the last trim.
    08-05-2012, 01:54 PM
I'm afraid you need to find a new farrier. The area that broke off is nothing more than what would have broken off if left natural to "self trim". That hoof wall should not have grown that long in only a 4 or 5 week period unless they were left too long in the first place.

Looking at the sole picture, if you run a line around the outside edge of the sole you will see that the broken area is almost entirely outside the material that should be taken off with a proper trim.

No problem, not even a minor worry.
    08-06-2012, 05:27 PM
I should have taken pictures of today before, during, and after. But, Rumor was being a twit with the farrier and it was hot so I only have after pictures.

He was shocked by the condition of the hoof. She took off a lot of hoof wall.

He filed her really good. And replaced her shoes with "dirt shoes"? I asked if they were lighter and he said yes. He had to place some nails further back in her hoof because there was nothing up front that he could put the nails into.

After nailed the shoe back on, there was a lot of shoe exposed from the top. The sides of the hoof were obviously the worst. He made up a fiberglass putty and smeared it on to fill in the spots and make the hoof "whole"

While that was setting/drying, he trimmed and replaced her other front shoe. And then trimmed up her back feet. Came back to the naughty foot, and filed it smooth and voila! New hoof.

Here are pictures...
1st: Hoof with the issues
2nd: Opposite hoof
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