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post #1 of 20 Old 08-20-2013, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Helping make a horses with sore hooves more comfortable...

Well, Jasper's front hooves are sore(farrier issues), and I was trying to figure if there is something I can do to keep him more comfortable/encourage a heel first landing. He's not "lame" at this point and is capable of trotting ok on the lunge line, but you can tell something is off.

I have some left over pieces of an exercise mat from a different project, and I was wondering if it would help make him more comfortable if I taped some of it to his hooves...? Would it hurt to try? Are there any other ways of making him more comfortable with stuff I might have around the house?

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post #2 of 20 Old 08-20-2013, 09:06 PM
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Can you put a pair of hoof boots on him until the tenderness subsides?

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can you just let him rest until his hooves grow out some ? Maybe some shavings to stand on ?
You can try cutting a cheap rubber flip flop sandal, to his hoof size, and then wrap his hoof to keep it on.
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The left over pieces of an exercise mat would be perfect. Try to wrap some vet wrap around the pastern so that you don't duct tape all the hair. Cut to fit, vet wrap, then duct tape on.

I've used cheap foam kneeling pads, the kind sold for gardening, too.
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If it were me I would just get boots. They stay and can be easily taken off to clean, check his feet and let them "breath". In the long run it will be far more convenient and probably more effective.

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^ Missy May, I don't have the money to spend on boots for a horse I don't own, and I'm hoping this will only be temporary. I'm just going to use it on his feet while I exercise him to make him more comfy.

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The left over pieces of an exercise mat would be perfect. Try to wrap some vet wrap around the pastern so that you don't duct tape all the hair. Cut to fit, vet wrap, then duct tape on.

I've used cheap foam kneeling pads, the kind sold for gardening, too.
Great, thanks for the advice!

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^ Missy May, I don't have the money to spend on boots for a horse I don't own, and I'm hoping this will only be temporary. I'm just going to use it on his feet while I exercise him to make him more comfy.
Have you talked to the owner? I don't think I would be exercising him until the issue is resolved. It may be something that could be temporary if it is managed property.

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Exercising = hand walking him along with a little trotting when I get the chance to. He stays in a small paddock with pretty much no exercise. The rest of the situation is rather complicated. I was just wondering if it would be ok to try taping the foam to his hooves.

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Yes, I'd pad his feet if necessary. Exercise mat won't last long at all though. But what exactly is his problem(pics?)? I would not be trotting him at all if he's sore & keeping him on yielding ground. For now at least.
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