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post #1 of 4 Old 12-05-2012, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Flakey soles

I usually keep my horses barefoot. My mare went 2 months recently with shoes, but we have taken them off now and she is fine. My gelding's feet look good, too (he's never been shod). However, we have a mare staying at our farm for a few months. She belongs to a friend but they couldn't care for her or school her, so we said we would do so if we could ride her. Being that we are off riding for a bit for the holiday season, I had the farrier take off her shoes for part of the winter. She's been shod for years, but we have a very soft, nice pasture area with no rocks or gravel, and it is easy on the feet. Since we have pulled her shoes, I have noticed a very, very flakey sole. She isn't in pain, no bleeding, abscesses or lameness, but she has flakes of sole coming off. She has very small hooves and the shoe really made it hard to clean them well.

I am cleaning and brushing them daily and spraying ACV on them to take care of some deep thrush that was hard to pick out because of the shoe. But the flakes I haven't ever seen in my horses, so I am wondering if it is a transition from shod to unshod process? Dead tissue that was unable to shed? Again, she isn't lame, the pasture is soft, and we aren't riding her now. I just want to make sure the flakes aren't a sign of something else. They are just on the sole, and not on the walls. Since she isn't showing any signs of lameness, I haven't called the vet or farrier. I made sure to spray really well with ACV in the flakey areas to prevent infection. She is getting a hoof supplement daily. What else should I do?

Sorry, no pics because it's dark out and I am too tired to go to the barn again today.
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Yes, she's about to shed that sole. It will come off in big chunks in a few days exposing hopefully very nice waxy yellowish sole beneath. Some horses get a little sore for a few days once the old stuff sheds, so just be aware of that.
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Yes she may also 'suddenly' be overdue for a trim again soon, as the sole sheds, so be aware that you may need your farrier earlier than normal.
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
Yes she may also 'suddenly' be overdue for a trim again soon, as the sole sheds, so be aware that you may need your farrier earlier than normal.
Thanks! He's coming in 4 weeks to check on her. She just had them off Friday, but I will call him if I am worried!
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