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post #1 of 7 Old 07-26-2013, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof Problems

I have a friend that has a horse that has really long feet. She is way over due but her mom won't call the farrier. My friend loves to ride but has stopped due to her bad conditions. Because of that the horse is getting fat and possibly lame. Is there anything that she could use around the house to help with her feet and any exercises that could help keep her in shape?

Please do not comment about how irresponsible or cruel my friend is. She truly wants the best but cannot get her mom to do it. Thank you.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-26-2013, 01:39 PM
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Why can't she call the farrier herself? Baby sit, get a job, do yard work, do payment plans with the farrier, sell clothes to a consignment store or on Craigslist, something, anything.
Neglecting hoof care is not okay.
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When I'm saying this I am NOT telling you how irresponsible your friend is, just to be aware. This is just what I think: If your friends mother isn't willing to get a farrier, she shouldn't have a horse. But, whats done is done, and lets not dwell on that.
Your friend needs to save up some money, and get the farrier out herself. Tell her to do chores around the house to save up.
Also she should explain to her mum why horses need their feet doing regularly. (Some suggestions: Possibly unridable in the long run, costly vet and farrier fees.... More costly than just getting the farrier out every 6-8 weeks, horse in pain, cruelty to the horse).
In the mean time, your friend should walk her horse on the roads, to wear his/her feet down. But this is only if the horse isn't lame.
If the horse has actually gone lame, tell her to get the vet/farrier or both out immediately. They will treat the horse, if it really needs it, and your friend could possibly give them the money bit by bit, rather than having to save up for ages, as the horses hooves get worse.
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I will try to get her to raise money for herself. Walking on the road sounds like a good idea. Is it just a regular pavement road? How can you tell if a horse is lame? I have noticed a slight limp when she moves.
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If she's limping, she's lame. Vet & farrier need to be seen now.
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Exercise & abrasive surfaces to 'self trim' hooves are great *generally* but depending on the state of neglect & soundness may be a bad idea.

As said, professional, good, frequent care is necessary & it is cruelty & neglect not to give an animal the basic level of care, so agree your friend needs to do this herself if mum won't, or find a home for the horse that will care for it properly. If the horse is fat, reducing calories is important, but a horse should also not go hungry, so your friend may need to learn more about healthy feeding. Www.safergrass.com is one good site to learn.
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With no pictures it's hard to say.
If I were there I would schedule a farrier and meet them there.
When the work was complete I would put the owner on the spot for payment.
Please don't follow my suggestion this could hurt your relationship with these people.

Hoof care is important and will lead to a lame condition.
If this horse limps no work until farrier can visit.
Extra weight on the horse can cause more pain.

Search the web and you can find many cases poor hoof care.

Please don't allow this to go unattended.

I trim all my horses and do not shoe.
They all go barefoot on the trail.
I feel guilty if their hooves even start to look a little rough.

All horses got a trim this week!
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exercises , hoof care

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