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  • Barefoot vascular shoes
  • Getting a horses hooves strong enough to go barefoot

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    04-28-2012, 04:18 PM
  #31
Trained
Wow, sir galahad, that is a very nice transition. Thanks for posting those pics. Other than time, were there any steps you took that really helped the process along?
     
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    04-28-2012, 05:25 PM
  #32
Yearling
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This is the pic HorseGirlLove was referring to. I don't buy it. Looks to me like a horse that's leg was treated with ice. Very easy for biased pictures to get popular on the internet. Especially when they're dramatic. Just another tactic used by barefoot activists.

If a horse had no circulation, the laminae in that hoof would weaken and the hoof would founder. Therefore, if shoeing caused vascular constriction, applying shoes would cause laminitis every time.
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    04-28-2012, 10:05 PM
  #33
Foal
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Wow, sir galahad, that is a very nice transition. Thanks for posting those pics. Other than time, were there any steps you took that really helped the process along?

He gets a very intense vitamin regimen that I worked on with my vet a farrier. I go through SmartPak.com for them... he gets Biotin Plus, Omega Horse Shine, Smart Hoof Ultra, and a multi vitamin. The farrier trims him every 4 weeks because his hooves aren't strong enough to go any longer yet. Actually he's due next week... just reminded myself lol

Here's the pics from today. He's about 3 weeks from his last trim so he's due next week. Been very dry at the farm. Order is front left bottom, front left, back left bottom, back left, front right bottom (his worst hoof), front right, back right bottom (his best foot), and back right.










     
    04-28-2012, 11:51 PM
  #34
Weanling
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
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This is the pic HorseGirlLove was referring to.
Sympathetic Nerve Dysfunction
     
    04-30-2012, 12:40 AM
  #35
Trained
Had a feeling that thermo pic, which gets circulated around the net willy nilly, was actually originally to demonstrate sympathetic nerve dysfunction, not lack of circulation due to shoes. At any rate, from what I've seen(firsthand) I wouldn't expect a shoe on an otherwise healthy foot to instantly & so strongly reduce the circulation as people imply of that pic. However, having seen(good studies & firsthand) thermo imaging regarding circulation & shoes, I am more than convinced it does reduce/change blood flow in the feet. There is one study by Duncan McLaughlin, I think on the Easycare site.

SirGalahad, be interested to see some larger & different angle pics - the first few pics look reasonable, but what happened with the last 2 solar pics?? Especially the second last shows what appears to be a terrible hoof. Perhaps it's just the way it appears in that pic tho.
     
    04-30-2012, 07:38 AM
  #36
Foal
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Had a feeling that thermo pic, which gets circulated around the net willy nilly, was actually originally to demonstrate sympathetic nerve dysfunction, not lack of circulation due to shoes. At any rate, from what I've seen(firsthand) I wouldn't expect a shoe on an otherwise healthy foot to instantly & so strongly reduce the circulation as people imply of that pic. However, having seen(good studies & firsthand) thermo imaging regarding circulation & shoes, I am more than convinced it does reduce/change blood flow in the feet. There is one study by Duncan McLaughlin, I think on the Easycare site.

SirGalahad, be interested to see some larger & different angle pics - the first few pics look reasonable, but what happened with the last 2 solar pics?? Especially the second last shows what appears to be a terrible hoof. Perhaps it's just the way it appears in that pic tho.
His rear hooves are his best. He needs a trim this weekend and the dry conditions haven't been helping but our pasture is either too dry or too wet throughout the year (he's pastured 24/7 and the pasture is bordered on one side by swamp land). He has a nice wide, thick frogs and decent concavity on the rears and starting to show nice calluses on all 4 which is what you want to see in natural trimming. His last trim was 3 weeks ago. His hooves are growing fast and very slowly becoming tougher. I have a pair of Easyboot Trails for him but we only use them when we go on our mountain trail which is very steep and rocky. Otherwise he goes barefoot everywhere with no problems!
     
    04-30-2012, 08:51 AM
  #37
Trained
Just worked out I click on the pics to make them come up - duh. Hmmm
     
    05-26-2012, 12:30 AM
  #38
Weanling
Just wanted to give an update..

I went ahead and had my mares shoes pulled. It has now been a couple weeks and I am so glad I did it! She has not had the slightest bit of tenderness (*knocks on wood*) and her feet just seem healthier over all. Her frogs look better than ever and her soles are exfoliating leaving nice healthy hoof behind.

So far, i'm very glad I finally had them pulled.
     

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