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post #1 of 3 Old 09-14-2013, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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First pair of custom shoes....

My vet has been involved in our hoof care lately. (She's not a backyard vet, this is a very well known clinic) Her suggestion was to shorten the toe and raise the heel. We were using an aluminum wedge but I wasn't happy, while my horse was sound, his strides were short. So I talked to my farrier and turned the reins over to him.

He suggested we go barefoot for a few months, which we did. The hoofs are much more healthy and while her remained sound while barefoot, there was still the short stridedness and some ouchiness so today we tried a steel with a bar - no wedge.

It was his first time getting a hot shoe. When the farrier turned the little firebox on his ears shot up and his eyes got all wide. He watched that firebox intently! Once the shoe was heated and shaped the farrier placed it against his hoof. Ri's eyes got even wider and then he curled his lips and bared his teeth while he sniffed the air.

He made the shoes which was pretty neat. I've seen farriers take shoes and shape them but never a bar and turn it into a shoe and then add the bar and a clip in the front. Pretty cool.

When he was finished he walked out into the pasture with a really good forward stride. When he trotted it shortened a bit but the farrier said we'll know in about three days whether it's going to make an improvement or not. We'll try this for four weeks and then either change or keep the same process...

It was pretty neat though....

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That is so sweet! I would consider myself lucky if I had a hot shoer. I think the barefoot period was good for finding out what the horse wants. Is there any other problem your horse has? I don't understand the bar (shoe). Is this short stridedness something new? Or is the horse normally that way? How old is your horse?
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He's 7. We've done a full soundness exam to include x-rays. The x-rays did show a small amount of calcification on the points on the side of the hoof (I don't know what they are called) but nothing bad. The x-rays did not show any deterioration, however the nerve block suggested heel pain so we went with treatment for Navicular.

He had the Tildren shot and we tried wedge shoes first. (the wedge shoes were the vets suggestion). I did that for about 6 months with a small off-ness on the sharp turn about every third day (in a row of riding) and then his feet fell apart and we went this route.

I lunged him yesterday and he looks good. I think I'll ride him tomorrow....

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