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post #21 of 40 Old 06-07-2011, 03:43 PM
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We can not answer your questions because you have not provided us with photos so we have any idea what is really going on.

It takes a full year to grow a hoof. So it not unlikely that it might be environment change that caused some of your problems.
Strange weather patterns (too wet, too dry) can cause cracks or the hoof to get weak.
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Always-I will take pics when I get home today and get those on this evening. I was just responding to the person above letting them know its not liek I have been in my new home for 1 month. I will try to provide pics asap
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Ok, sooo, they arent as bad as I remembered from Sunday. Not entirely great but here are the pics none the less. I hadnt even noticed the lateral line in his rear hoof. What is that?





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This isn't something that "just happens." By any chance did you skip a recent farrier visit (or reschedule it)? We rescheduled ours once and two of our horses began to flare already, even though they weren't long (a couple weeks) overdue for their trims.

That looks like a surface crack that one of our Appys has (he's a porker). Cracks like that, our farrier says, is in the hoof wall (just the surface; he wasn't concerned about it and said we shouldn't be) is under stress from weight and gets "stress cracks."

Is your horse heavy on the 3 flaring legs (underlying lameness issue in the not-so-flared leg, causing the horse to put more weight on the other 3)? We have two horses that are "front heavy," and because of this they are much more apt to flaring and being "flat-footed." It's something that a good farrier should be able to fix.

However, be prepared for it to take a little while. Like with anything involving horses, hooves are not something that can be rushed along.

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Creampuff, I have been cautious when it comes to trims. 6 weeks is the norm, but never gone past 8. And this is the first time his hooves look flared. If its not something that happens, how come this is the first I've seen it? I've owned him since last February. This is by far the worst his feet have looked but that's because he's on a large grassy pasture but its has underlying rocks all over it. I have the vet coming out for shots on saturday, ill run the idea by her about an underlying lameness issue. Thanks
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Sometimes there are just questionable things going on. For example: Why would Creampuff have been eating dirt today? It's something I don't know and that I'll bring up to my vet.

I wonder if he may be beginning to founder??

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bump- for everyone who wanted to see the pics..
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You definitely have some flares going on there. Hard to comment on potential causes without seeing the bottom of the feet. As I mentioned, ask your farrier to address them, or give you a reason why he didn't trim them last trim.
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Magaidh- he did trim them. His feet looked fine when the farrier was done. I called him and he told me it was probably because everything is so dry and to just use hoof conditioner.
I sent my friend the photos and she immediately said he didnt look even, and that this was bad trimming. He didnt even offer to come back out- he suggested we keep our apt for july 2.
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I will say it again, if you do not like this farrier for any reason (because your friend does not, etc) then call a different farrier.


Did you ask him on the phone if he would come out? Or did you just say that there are flares? Did you send the farrier the photos to see?
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