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    05-26-2014, 10:00 PM
Fast growing hooves?

I've just had my new horse a month on the 27th. I know its terrible but I am having a serious memory lapse and can't remember if I had him trimmed on the 1st or the 8th! The farrier is currently on a five week schedule and isn't supposed to come back out til (depending on when it was) June 5th or 12th. But I've noticed his hooves seem to be growing way faster, not long after the trim I noticed minor chips and now it seems kinda bad in the form of chipping off. What does this mean if anything? Should I just talk to him about coming more often? Pics were taken today.
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    05-26-2014, 10:21 PM
Looks like its been much longer than 5 weeks and they are very uneven.
What is the funny mark or growth on his hooves. It almost looks like he had bands on and it's growing out if your ground is that rough and you are trimming as often as you say you may need shoes or boots. But every 5 weeks is sooner than most.
    05-26-2014, 10:38 PM
That's what I mean, they were even and looked great when he first trimmed but they've been growing so fast and chipping off they look awful now. What do you mean by bands? I live in Florida so the terrain is not rough the rockiest part is going down the driveway only a small bit in and out of the pasture. Otherwise he is on sand or grass.
    05-27-2014, 05:46 AM
They're way 'overdue' looking & imbalanced. But if the farrier has only had one go at him & his feet were bad before, I wouldn't jump to thinking bad farriery just yet. Sometimes a horse will 'let down' a heap of old sole after a good trim & get suddenly 'overdue'.
    05-27-2014, 09:05 AM
Originally Posted by loosie    
They're way 'overdue' looking & imbalanced. But if the farrier has only had one go at him & his feet were bad before, I wouldn't jump to thinking bad farriery just yet. Sometimes a horse will 'let down' a heap of old sole after a good trim & get suddenly 'overdue'.
I looked at the picture of him when she was buying him and his feet looked good. I don't think he came that way and 1 trim would tale off that unevenness. The marks across his hoof look odd like band marks that hold a big weighted shoe. He is a Qtr so I doubt if it was bands.
His feet looked good in the pictures before you owned him.
I saw another thread where your stable did not like your farrier.
If he did indeed trim them so oddly then you might consider that they didn't think your farrier knew what he was doing. I don't know the history though but you need to come up with an explanation on why they are so misshaped since the previous photos were taken.
    05-27-2014, 09:20 AM
Green Broke
My husband's horse has to be on a 4 week trim cycle because his feet grow fast, especially in the spring. My mustang on the other hand can go 8 weeks and look great.
    05-27-2014, 09:44 AM
I can see the unevenness and the chipping but that's about it for me. I am not a pro. It would be interesting to see before and after pics when the farrier comes out again. With that, it will be easier for people to advise if the trimming cycle needs to be changed or if the farrier needs to be changed.
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    05-27-2014, 11:58 AM
Also bear in mind that there is nothing a farrier can do about chipping except put shoes on.
They do look a little long but as one poster pointed out; some horses can only go 5 weeks (but that's pretty rare) and others barely need a trim after 8! The norm around my area is usually 6 weeks.
    05-27-2014, 02:02 PM
Originally Posted by Chasin Ponies    
Also bear in mind that there is nothing a farrier can do about chipping except put shoes on.
Not necessarily true. All hooves, if left to grow long enough, will eventually chip, but the way the trim is done will have an impact on how soon that happens. I switched farriers about a year and a half ago when my horse was bare in the back/shod in the front; my horse's back feet would start chipping within a couple weeks of a trim with the previous farrier. Ever since the first trim with the new farrier, I rarely get any chips, even now that he's bare all around (with the exception of the nail holes growing out- those chipped within days, but that's to be expected!)

Neither of those farriers did/does a really strong "mustang roll" but I've heard that can help a lot with chipping as well.
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    05-27-2014, 04:56 PM
I do not believe this is a result of poor farrier work. My BOs issue with my farrier is that he suggested shoes on some of the retirees on the farm and she was miffed by the indication that a horse not being ridden would possibly need shoes for comfort. She stated he was pushing it for the money. I've used my farrier for years and watched him trim at different barns, different horses and never once have I seen him suggest a horse be shod. He says if a horse goes well barefoot it's best to keep them this way. Most of the farriers around here are self taught or little educated cowboy wahoos. Mine did schooling for 4 years, interned during that time, and he still travels all over the country and even the UK to attend clinics to further his education. He takes his job seriously and that's a quality I haven't seen in any of the other options in my area, though to be fair I do not know all of them!

I read that feed can affect hoof growth. I will make note that my BO fed THREE times the amount that was specified of my ration balancer. A bag that should last over five weeks was gone in two. I should've kept an eye on it but after verbal instruction, written instruction, and the fact my last horse was fed the same thing I didn't think I'd have to. My mistake!

I wish I could figure out how to figure out the dates of the pics on my phone but alas I can't. I will start with the pic I took when I first looked at him April 24, it is the one with the blonde girl grooming him and the ones after will be after I bought him. Also not sure if it matters but he is Appendix not full QH. When I brought him home his feet were good but still could've used a touch up (IMO) and she said he had just been trimmed too but didn't specify how soon.

I'm sorry I don't have better pictures. Now that I'm aware this is a possible issue I will take regular, hoof specific photos with my good camera not just my phone. Thanks for the replies everyone!

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