I'm having two problems with my mare, I think they are probably related. Would love people's opinions to help me strategize and make the best use of my farrier's time when he comes to visit next Thursday (1/24).
I took a lot of pictures, so I'm going to describe both problems here, then will post the pictures in two sets. I won't post all the pictures I have, but will try to post the most representative ones. I can post or get more pics if helpful though.
Problem #1- Farrier requested we move to an 8-week trim schedule for the winter. After the first time through this cycle, it is definitely NOT working for my mare. As you will see below, her fronts have worn into a terrible square toe, and she's obviously too long all around. This should be easy to address with him- I will request we go back to 5-6 weeks. He wanted to keep everyone at the barn on the same schedule, and while I appreciate sharing the farm visit fee with everyone, it's not worth the $15 to have her looking this bad. So- I hope we can address this problem pretty easily, but would love tips on what I should look for after this trim, since I have never seen her feet so neglected looking.
Problem #2- Bad thrush in right hind. Her frog is nasty and squishy, and her heels are shredded. I have been treating for about two months (it was heading in this direction last time farrier saw her, but has worsened). I have tried thrushbuster, No Thrush (the dry treatment), and am now using the Pete's Goo. She is picked every day, and rinsed out with soapy water before applying any thrush treatment.
I might be wrong, but I'm thinking that because she is so unbalanced all around, the frog is not making proper contact with the ground, and that is exacerbating the problem.
Pictures of both problems to follow.