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post #1 of 9 Old 05-22-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hind hoof wear

I am currently trying to figure out a mystery hind end issue with my 3 year old spotted draft/paint. Here is a picture of the hoof wear on her left hind hoof. While I know there is an issue with her legs, I am asking if there is something that I need to do for her feet? Farrier trims her this Friday after seven weeks.

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-23-2012, 06:06 PM
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Do you mean that flakey stuff? That's just dead sole shedding off.

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Well she's got wear at the toe & little wear obvious elsewhere, but that's all I can tell on that note from that pic. Does she drag her toe at all? Stifle or hock probs?

It appears that there is a heap of excess growth there. Perhaps the season & a big sole shed has caused her to 'suddenly' have excess, but she's looking well overdue for a trim. If that's a normal amount of excess for her at 7 weeks, I'd probably go for 4-5 weekly trims & see how she goes from there.

She's also got thrusy looking frogs & depending on the environment, I'd probably trim away those flappy bits.
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Well she's got wear at the toe & little wear obvious elsewhere, but that's all I can tell on that note from that pic. Does she drag her toe at all? Stifle or hock probs?

It appears that there is a heap of excess growth there. Perhaps the season & a big sole shed has caused her to 'suddenly' have excess, but she's looking well overdue for a trim. If that's a normal amount of excess for her at 7 weeks, I'd probably go for 4-5 weekly trims & see how she goes from there.

She's also got thrusy looking frogs & depending on the environment, I'd probably trim away those flappy bits.
Thanks for the replies! She has her feet trimmed every seven weeks....always. She is getting trimmed again this Friday. I see that her frog has a deep central sulcus, but we live in a very dry central california climate...no thrush issues. I'm wondering if her diet change since I've gotten her and the change in exercise may be causing extra growith and hoof changes? Her bars seem overgrown too and her heels have really gotten long. She uses her legs a little differntly since I've gotten her since she is no longer clipping her front heels, even with those long hoof walls now. We will see what the farrier does Friday.
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Yes, diet, environment, exercise, etc all have a bearing on hoof growth, so just because she's always had her feet done every 7 weeks doesn't mean that's the way it should be. The aim of the game IMO is to trim them regularly enough that there isn't too much excess, which can change the functional mechanics of the hooves. I find for eg. While many horses can go 6 weeks without too much excess growth over winter(I think less nutrients in the grass & less exercise = less growth), these same horses may be overdue for a trim by 4 weeks in summer. Yes, bars are whoppers too - I consider them in much the same boat as walls.

While thrush is much more common in damper environments, just being in a dry environ doesn't ensure the horse won't get it. I would consider the possibility still & ask the farrier about paring the daggy bits.
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We had a horse who insisted on standing where she peed and even though the rest of her pen was dry and we live in a very dry area she got thrush so keep an eye on it. Also if her feet have changed that drastically I would be lookin at a new farrier, just a thought
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How long have you had her? I'm not sure what drastic changes Barrelracing is talking about, but remember for one barrel, that we're looking at a 7 week old job, so I don't think it's reasonable to jump to blaming the farrier - be interesting to see the fresh job OP.
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How long have you had her? I'm not sure what drastic changes Barrelracing is talking about, but remember for one barrel, that we're looking at a 7 week old job, so I don't think it's reasonable to jump to blaming the farrier - be interesting to see the fresh job OP.
I've never been unhappy with the farrier who I've had for almost two years now. He comes from over an hour away for multiple horses at once, so he is not able to come inbetween for quick trims for a single horse. I can touch up with a rasp and a hook knife if I need to inbetween trims. I didn't want to do anything so that the farrier could see exactly what is going on. I have owned her since last December. This was her third trim. First trim was very quick just to get excess off because she would not stand very long as a two year old. She wasn't worked with much before I got her. A few months ago I started her ground work and now light riding has been added. I will post more pics after her trim Friday and see what you think then.
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Ok, feeling better now. Here are pics a few hours later after her trim.....







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