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    01-20-2009, 10:30 PM
Hoof help please

I finally got out to the barn to take some recent photos and it was a nice surprise -- all in all her feet actually look better than I thought they did! Photos tell so much.

Anyway, please disregard her completely tiny frog I know it is horrible -- we had recurring thrush issues this past summer (for my first time ever and everyone in this area did I think). But, my issue is that I'd like to see her heels back more, but if I do that, there's nothing left?!? Maybe I'm thrown because she is so camped under? Her left front is pretty indicative of her right as well and is the worst due to her frog so I only posted detail of that. Then her hinds, just so you can see. This is the only foot with such a tiny frog. The others are much better and anywhichway, she's leaps and bounds from where she was.

Any input before I work on her feet again? I have deliberately not done anything on them for a few weeks now because I think sometimes I get carried away... :( But by this weekend or next at the latest I'd better get at them before her bars carry her away! I need fresh eyes. Thanks all!

I had to place her foot to get it this far forward. She's so bad.
And yes, she has severly bowed tendons from racing.:(

-- see: NO FROG! Poor girl! :( But it's getting better!

How low can I go?

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    01-20-2009, 10:50 PM
Is she getting any hoof supplements? If not, I would put her on some.
    01-22-2009, 10:48 PM
OK -- thanks for the input -she doesn't get supps, but what makes you think she needs supplements? Her feet never crack or chip. They grow regularly. She's never sensitive or lame despite her old scarring. She does seem to have small feet, in my opinion and it's taken me quite a while to get used to that.
    01-22-2009, 10:55 PM
A hoof supplement will help balance her feet out overally. It doesnt just keep them from cracking or force them to grow it keeps helps balance all in one for overall a better, healthy hoof. Its not just for cracks/weak/or slow growing hooves.
    01-22-2009, 11:01 PM
So... again... why does she need them? What's the flag. Do you think she needs them, 2sexy?
    01-22-2009, 11:14 PM
Eh.....Im kinda on both ends here. I say no because all her other feet seem to look healthy and not having problems but with that one. Then I say yes because a hoof supplement can really do wonders especially on the frog. Which needs some help. But if her feet are growing at a steady rate and the frog is improving then I probably would not because you don't want to add any supplements unless a hundred percent necessary. Just give is some more time and I don't see why her frog will not improve. Just don't make any drastic changed in her diet or work load.
    01-22-2009, 11:17 PM
It could benefit her but the chances are by the time the supplement gets in her system to make a difference her frog may already have corrected itself. I don't give a hoof supplement I actually used flax seed meal and Pocos feet are beautiful now compared to what they were but he has always had bad feet. Slow growth, cracks, absess, etc.
    01-23-2009, 12:00 AM
OK -- thanks. I wasn't actually fielding help on the frog as I know what that's all about and it is improving, but I still like the input.

Anyone have any input on the next trim? Or maybe I should post a pic of a different foot? On all of her feet, I feel like her heels need to come back, but I think that if I do that, there won't be any heel left! Since it's on all four feet, I figured it's something I'm doing or seeing or looking at incorrectly.

    01-23-2009, 02:07 AM
I think she looks way down in the heel. The angle on her toe also looks very, very flat. To me, it looks like the angles are all off and that she just needs more foot.

Out of curiousity where did you learn to trim feet?
    01-23-2009, 09:08 AM
Her angles ARE wierd -- I think so too. Part of it is because she is very camped under in front and slightly in back. But, I agree that she looks down in the heel. As I said, this is my issue with her. Maybe I'll just let her grow and grow - only keeping the toes back. That's what I've been trying to do for a while now, and I thought I wasn't seeing improvement. But I looked at some older pics and she is better. I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing -- maybe more so. That's good because it's cold outside!

Where did I learn? Lots of places, lots of time, lots of watching, reading, listening, clinics, farriers ... I don't do it as a living.

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