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    01-30-2013, 05:10 PM
  #21
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You are doing all you can. Please keep us updated and I will keep her in my prayers.
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    01-30-2013, 05:13 PM
  #22
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Sharpie    
So, her feet look pretty short, but she's not sore or lame at all? If she's comfortable, and not limping, holding her feet up, or having trouble walking, I really wouldn't worry too much about it, especially given that it sounds like she is calming down. If she is comfortable, then I doubt her feet are really "too short" even if they are shorter than you are used to seeing. Many Many horses are trimmed, even by professionals, and left with feet that are actually far too long for good foot health. These links may be helpful to show what I mean.

Hoof shape
Why Use the Wild Horse Model? (especially picture #6)

Now, if she is acting like she is in pain or reluctant to move, then yes, some foot protection is in order!
Her back end is stiff, moving differently then I usually see but that could be from all the anxiety and running around. And now that I have seen pictures I am not as worried. Although it is scary that overnight she wore so much off of them.
     
    01-30-2013, 05:18 PM
  #23
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Critter sitter    
you are doing all you can. Please keep us updated and I will keep her in my prayers.
Thank you so much Ill keep you updated. I think im going to have a very long talk with the person who tried to train this horse. She ruined two horses and gave them to me to fix and when I drove by her house last week there were 2 more. I had just found a home for the last horse she brought me when she showed up with another skinny anxiouos head shy horse(The one that we are discussing) If she brings me another I am going to report her for animal abuse.
     
    01-30-2013, 05:22 PM
  #24
Weanling
I am going to go sit with her now for a while now that the other horse is gone she is attaching to me for the first time(She was shy and spooky and fearful before) Now she walks right behind me and stood next to me earlier as I fixed the two posts she broke
     
    01-30-2013, 06:25 PM
  #25
Green Broke
What kind of ground surface is she on?
     
    01-30-2013, 06:29 PM
  #26
Foal
What a shame you can't take pictures! I hear over and over that so and so's horse needs shoes, because their feet wear too short otherwise - but I have never ever seen a real horse or even a photo with hooves worn 'too short'.

I hate to ask, really but I have to know...How do you know they are too short? As in, what markers or indicators are you using to judge their too shortedness?
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    01-30-2013, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by KeroKero    
What a shame you can't take pictures! I hear over and over that so and so's horse needs shoes, because their feet wear too short otherwise - but I have never ever seen a real horse or even a photo with hooves worn 'too short'.

I hate to ask, really but I have to know...How do you know they are too short? As in, what markers or indicators are you using to judge their too shortedness?
My horses feet wear to short if not shod. That's in summer when riden six days a week 5 hours a day. When I say to short I mean to short he's gimpy and very sore. So it can happen it does on my horse but that on rocky rough ground. Last summer his feet got worn so short farrier couldnt put shoes on nothing to nail it too.
     
    01-30-2013, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by spirit88    
My horses feet wear to short if not shod. That's in summer when riden six days a week 5 hours a day. When I say to short I mean to short he's gimpy and very sore. So it can happen it does on my horse but that on rocky rough ground. Last summer his feet got worn so short farrier couldnt put shoes on nothing to nail it too.
There could be a lot of factors making the horse sore in that scenario though - I'm not saying horses don't need shoes or it can't happen, just that in my very short time in the horse world, I have heard of it but never seen it. I can't even google a picture up. I also know pretty much everyone who sees my horse says his feet are way too short, when really he just has a barefoot trimmer who trims according to the sole so, really, his feet are supposed to be that small. I'm very curious to see what hooves look like when actually worn too short.
     
    01-30-2013, 07:37 PM
  #29
Weanling
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Originally Posted by natisha    
What kind of ground surface is she on?
She is in regular brown dirt, not much rock or anything. She has white hooves which im told are softer then black hooves(Not sure if its true)
     
    01-30-2013, 07:40 PM
  #30
Weanling
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Originally Posted by KeroKero    
What a shame you can't take pictures! I hear over and over that so and so's horse needs shoes, because their feet wear too short otherwise - but I have never ever seen a real horse or even a photo with hooves worn 'too short'.

I hate to ask, really but I have to know...How do you know they are too short? As in, what markers or indicators are you using to judge their too shortedness?
They are almost 2 inches shorter then my farrier usually cuts them. I don't know if that's too short but it sure makes me uncomfortable! However I did find a pair of easy boots that fit, but I have to put them on the wrong feet in order for them to stay on.
     

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