Hoof Care Share - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 03-11-2014, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 1,032
• Horses: 1
Hoof Care Share

I thought I would share some progress on one of my personal horses.

Comments and helpful critiques are welcome. FYI - THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. The feet are not "finished" yet. I don't want the horse to become sore or lame so I have been working very gradually.

Some information:
Gus is a 15 yr old grade paint gelding we got in June. When we got him he had shoes on all four feet and his feet were too long an unbalanced. His previous owner thought he had a club foot, but I don't think so. I am a believer in barefoot so I have been transitioning him off of the shoes. I expect it will take about a year for the feet to "recover" from being shod and for him to become 100% tough barefoot.

When I first removed his shoes and did the initial trim he was super sound and not tender. This lasted until the end of August. We got 2 weeks of solid rain and I couldn't get the horses on dry ground at all. They were in standing water or mud- but there wasn't anything I could do. After that Gus became very tender on rocks (probably a coincidence but either way).

He now is the proud owner of some Easy Boots but two weeks ago I did 11 miles on him without them and he was 100% solid. If we ride on hard or rocky surfaces he still gets his boots though.

My method of approach was that I felt the hoof was over long in general, very upright and too high of a heel. He started out with a long narrow frog and deep thrush from contracted heels. His heels also had signs of bruising in the wall and sole.

On the first trim I took off his shoes and led him up and down a gravel road a bit to see what the feet would do. I followed the pattern of wear and chipping the showed from that took off a little length and added a huge mustang roll to the feet.

From there I worked on him every week, then two week and now about four weeks. I try to evaluate how the foot is changing between trims and let the foot "speak to me."

His sole is still very concave but he has built a nice toe callous and I hope by June (like I said) the hoof will be more where it should be.

From here I think that overall the length is still perhaps a bit long, especially in the heel which is where I need to focus my attention. I think when I get the heel down we will be in good shape. I am also still fighting the thrush but only on the back feet.

He hasn't shown any bruising any more and he also steps heel first now. Throughout this he has been sound never lame just tender at some points. He is mostly a trail horse but I did some cow work on him a month ago and he was so sure footed and awesome. Several people commented on his barefootedness.

I wanted to share this for any one who wanted more info on transitioning a horse to barefoot. And for any one to comment because there are people on here who know far more than I do about this.

I know this is just one angle and not the best to critique but here is a simple before and after on his front feet.

Left photos are immediately after removing the shoes. Right was from today.

Thanks for reading.

Angus (Gus) - 18yr Pinto (Est. 2013)
Now we're seeing spots! Winsome Warrior - 4.5yr Appy (Est. 2016)
Roux is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 03-11-2014, 01:29 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: california
Posts: 5,510
• Horses: 0
a handy tool is the hoof measure , it is shaped like a horse shoe with a level on the front, shows the angle of the hoof.
stevenson is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 03-11-2014, 03:53 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 40,722
• Horses: 2
Those feet look SO much better now!
Clava, Roux and horsedream568 like this.
tinyliny is online now  
post #4 of 12 Old 03-12-2014, 12:25 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 13,369
• Horses: 0
They're starting to look nice. Need more pics to tell you more than that the toe is too long tho!
Wallaby and Roux like this.
loosie is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 03-12-2014, 11:15 AM
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: SE Spain
Posts: 1,270
• Horses: 4
Posted via Mobile Device
Bondre is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 03-12-2014, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 1,032
• Horses: 1
Like I said they are a work in progress. I need to bring back the toe and I am still waiting on the frog to spread out. :)
equinesnfelines likes this.

Angus (Gus) - 18yr Pinto (Est. 2013)
Now we're seeing spots! Winsome Warrior - 4.5yr Appy (Est. 2016)
Roux is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 03-12-2014, 09:46 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 6,166
• Horses: 5
Yes looking better. I think you can easily take the toes back quite a bit without any detriment. A before and after sole shot would be interesting.
Posted via Mobile Device
Roux likes this.
NorthernMama is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 03-12-2014, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 1,032
• Horses: 1
I will start working on the toes! I think I got preoccupied with the heels lol.

I will see if I can find a before shot of the sole.

Thanks for the encouragement everyone :)

Angus (Gus) - 18yr Pinto (Est. 2013)
Now we're seeing spots! Winsome Warrior - 4.5yr Appy (Est. 2016)
Roux is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 03-13-2014, 12:57 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 13,369
• Horses: 0
Yeah, if he's gone 15 years with hooves like that, you might be hoping for more than is possible for his heels to widen much, but getting the toes back should help & providing frog supports in boots or such will help stimulate & 'grow' his heels as much as he's able.
Roux likes this.
loosie is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 03-13-2014, 01:26 AM
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: east texas
Posts: 174
• Horses: 0
my thoughts on this? gus is a lucky horse! looking good!
Roux likes this.
equinesnfelines is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Good hoof supplement and hoof care suggestions? RememberMeForThis99 Hoof Care 5 04-10-2013 08:03 PM
Share: Keeping Track of Vaccines, deworming, hoof care... HorseDreams Horse Health 2 01-17-2012 02:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome