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post #1 of 7 Old 02-25-2012, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hey there everyone! So I have a 12 year old Paint mare who has had no problems with her feet until a year ago. She lost a shoe and had a new farrier put it on. After that she came up lame, we couldnt figure out anything that was wrong with her. Finally it was a huge abcess that blew out a while ago. She is barefoot right now and this is the first time I've ever had her barefoot for 5 years. She keeps getting really sore. She comes up lame sometimes because her feet are really sensitive. Im so sick of her getting bruises so I'm having my farrier come out and put shoes back on her. But I was thinking of putting pads on her to for extra protection. What is your idea on pads?


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Is that the girl in your pics? She's a stunner!

Yes, most horses tend to need some hoof protection/support in some situations at least, so making them go bare without it can indeed cause bruising & other probs.

I don't personally think conventional shoes are all bad, but IMO there are inherent effects of shoes tha tend to cause problems when horses are shod long term without respite for eg and I think they are *generally* not in the horse's best interest if hooves are unhealthy already. If you are going to shoe the horse, I think pads are imperative if she's thin soled & prone to bruising, as just having rims don't protect the sole and further peripheral loading without solar support may lead to soles getting thinner & weaker. However you also need to consider possibility & likelihood of thrush/WLD & being unable to treat between shoeing, potential lack of grip, etc that are some 'cons' of pads.

Why not consider hoof boots, which can also be used with pads, if extra protection & support for soles/frogs are required? They generally only need to be used when horses are worked on hard/rough ground, so allow natural function & cleanliness the vast majority of the time.

At any rate, I think learning the pros AND cons of various approaches & options is important before choosing what may be best for your horse & situation. The thread link in my signature is one place to start educating yourself on some of the important principles & factors.
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Is that the girl in your pics? She's a stunner!

Why not consider hoof boots, which can also be used with pads, if extra protection & support for soles/frogs are required? They generally only need to be used when horses are worked on hard/rough ground, so allow natural function & cleanliness the vast majority of the time.

At any rate, I think learning the pros AND cons of various approaches & options is important before choosing what may be best for your horse & situation. The thread link in my signature is one place to start educating yourself on some of the important principles & factors.
Yes that is her and thank you :) I have considered hoof boots but the thing is that I am a hunter jumper and we are not allowed in the show ring with them on. And many new show grounds are not forgiving on her feet.

And I totally agree with you on learning the Pro and cons with new things. I've looked alll over online and also contacted some people I know. I talked to my farrier about it and he agrees that is a a good idea. I also talked to my old vet who uses pads for her show horses and she said there is nothing bad with them. When you mentioned thrush getting underneath really you want to make sure your farrier uses a sealant so that no moisture or dirt can get underneath the pad. But one thing I do know that pads make shoes come off more easily, so that is one thing I will need to keep an eye on.


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Use pads until the sole hardens up and then re-evaluate...go through two or three shoing cycles. She may not need them permanently. I use them in this manner and have had good results. When a problem occurs, like an abscess or stone bruise, once everything has gone through the motions and the horse is sound again I pad through a few shoeings and then go without just to make sure the bruise/abscess issue has grown out, closed up (as in drainage hole for an abscess) or hardened up and then I re-evaluate.

During the winter months I am more prone to pad if the horse has had sensitivity before..more of a "just-in-case" type action.
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Hey there everyone! So I have a 12 year old Paint mare who has had no problems with her feet until a year ago. She lost a shoe and had a new farrier put it on. After that she came up lame, we couldnt figure out anything that was wrong with her. Finally it was a huge abcess that blew out a while ago. She is barefoot right now and this is the first time I've ever had her barefoot for 5 years. She keeps getting really sore. She comes up lame sometimes because her feet are really sensitive. Im so sick of her getting bruises so I'm having my farrier come out and put shoes back on her. But I was thinking of putting pads on her to for extra protection. What is your idea on pads?

I've had good success using lightweight leather pads and Magic Cushion hoof packing (antimicrobial).

Have your farrier paint the soles with Durasole before applying the packing and orthotic package. It's inexpensive, also anti-microbial and will improve cross-link bonding at the cellular level to toughen the solar tissues.

Durasole - World's Best Sole Toughener!

Sidenote; I'm not affiliated with the makers of Dursasole or Magic Cushion.

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Another option is using Vettec Soleguard, which is a silicone type 'pad', so shoes can be applied normally & Vettec covers the sole & frog but not between shoe & hoof. It also comes in 'CS' for treating/deterring thrush.
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I've had good success using lightweight leather pads and Magic Cushion hoof packing (antimicrobial).
As well as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

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Have your farrier paint the soles with Durasole before applying the packing and orthotic package. It's inexpensive, also anti-microbial and will improve cross-link bonding at the cellular level to toughen the solar tissues.
Why? Magic Cushion is vennice turpintine. It will help build and toughen the sole. Not to mention the fact that the pad will stop exfoliation of the sole and a single appliction of Dura Sole is about as good as taking a single antibiotic pill out of a 10 day script.

Don't get me wrong, I use the crap out of Dura Sole.

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