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    09-11-2012, 07:41 PM
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Foal
Hoof sore and now barefoot..what to do!?

Ok, so I posted awhile back about my 4 yr TB mare with chronically sore feet. She has toe and heel pain and moves very choppy, toe first, and just sore looking on even soft footing.

The game plan had been to keep shoes on her up front and wait for her feet to grow out a bit and see if she had any improvement in time. I also have her on smart sox and a hoof supplement that I thought with time might help.

BUT, she threw her left front shoe twice last week and the second time ended up breaking up a good bit of her foot. My farrier was out yesterday and said he couldn't get the shoe back on, that she didn't have enough hoof to hold it. So we decided to pull the other and leave her barefoot.

To quote my farrier, he said " it feels like were jumping off a cliff by doing this". Her feet had grown and improved quite a bit since I got her in the
Beginning of the year and now we are back at square one. I am beyond frustrated and on the verge of giving up on her and sending her back to her previous owner who said she would buy her back. It's hard to justify spending the time, energy, and most importantly money, on a horse I can't do anything with.

When I posted on here about her before I got several suggestions to pull her shoes and either cast them or get her boots.

My question is, are there any boots that can safely be worn 24/7 for turnout? Also, is casting something I can do myself? Any other options, opinions, suggestions appreciated!
     
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    09-11-2012, 07:47 PM
  #2
Trained
To answer your question about boots 24/7, the answer is no. Boots can be worn for at most 8 hours a day. Beyond that, you're just asking for rubs, thrush and other nasty things to get going inside the boot.

I can appreciate your frustration. There's only so many options, and I agree what's the point to keep a horse you can't ride. If you aren't emotionally attached to her, sell her back to previous owners.

Do you have any pics you can post? Perhaps there is something obvious about her current trim that might suggest a way to improve her feet.
     
    09-11-2012, 10:19 PM
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Started
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
To answer your question about boots 24/7, the answer is no. Boots can be worn for at most 8 hours a day. Beyond that, you're just asking for rubs, thrush and other nasty things to get going inside the boot.

I can appreciate your frustration. There's only so many options, and I agree what's the point to keep a horse you can't ride. If you aren't emotionally attached to her, sell her back to previous owners.

Do you have any pics you can post? Perhaps there is something obvious about her current trim that might suggest a way to improve her feet.
Correct that you cannot leave boots on 24/7 but I am going to stretch the "at most 8 hours a day", based on my own current experience.

Before I tell my story, if you can't get to your horse every single day and clean its hooves, what I do will absolutely NOT work:

One of my horses foundered pretty bad in early March. He goes out to pasture every day in boots with home made Lily pads. He wears his boots 8 - 11 hours every day.

He comes in at night and has mats in his stall with clean shavings on top of the mats.

Every morning I pick his hooves, brush them out with a stiff bristled brush and pour Absorbine Hooflex "Thrush Remedy into the white line (he has wall separation from the founder but no WLD) and I pour it into the collateral grooves.

At night I bring his boots to the house and wash the insides with hot water and Dawn dish soap. I generally get 4 - 5 days of wear from the Lily pads I make and I also wash them in hot water/Dawn dish soap every night.

To repeat, this epic and excruciating labor has been going on daily since mid-March and no let up in sight due to some other issues, thanks to a very expensive farrier that did not do his job right.

If you are willing and able to devout every day, every day, every day, to the care and keeping of those hooves and keeping the boots clean, you can turn the horse out daily for up to 10 - 12 hours.

24/7 turnout in boots is a big No-No.

If you can't do that, for whatever reason, then ditch the boot idea because MyBoyPuck is right in that you are asking for big trouble in a whole bunch of ways - starting with thrush

Ditto, it might be best to sell the horse back to the previous owners, since they are willing to take it.

In my case, I am retired and, due to some nasty injuries, I am not able to ride anymore.

This horse is 17 and the baby of my four. As long as he is not in pain, I will continue to doctor him and, he will be a pasture ornament until he says he's ready to meet his ancestors:)
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    09-12-2012, 01:09 AM
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Trained
Hoof boots full time can be problematic & are not advised *unless absolutely necessary* but unfortunately sometimes they're the best option. I'll stretch MBP's 8 hours way further Obviously the less they're on the better, but you can get 'rehab' boots which are designed precisely for the purpose, such as the Easyboot RX's, or you can use riding boots that sit below the hairline such as Epics. I would advise taking them off for at very least an hour a day, to treat & allow the hooves to dry out.
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    09-12-2012, 02:56 AM
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Yearling
Casting. Seriously. Or try these with the insert for riding Perfect Hoof Wear and Perfect Hoof Wear Pro Series. The hoof wear of tomorrow, here today.

Most horses with crap walls and sore feet can get some relief in them and regrow some better connected walls. You can do it yourself if you are reasonably competent with a helper and can roll on vetwrap.
     
    09-12-2012, 09:29 AM
  #6
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This yahoo barefoot group can be very helpful to you in your journey with this horse if you chose to make it. Boots can be worn for basically the 24/7 with proper daily hoof and boot care.. The casting may be a better idea. Join the group and see what they have to offer.
     
    09-12-2012, 11:03 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Well, I don't know. I had a heavy set black qh mare that went directly from sand to rocks and acted ouchy. I put old macs on her 24/7 for a bit over a week, then at night for another week (they tended to run more at night). Problem solved. I cleaned them twice a day, at least - and there was verylittle to ever clean out. I live in a dry area, mind you. She did not get thrush, rubs, or any other problems.
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    09-12-2012, 07:21 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
casting. Seriously. Or try these with the insert for riding Perfect Hoof Wear and Perfect Hoof Wear Pro Series. The hoof wear of tomorrow, here today.

Most horses with crap walls and sore feet can get some relief in them and regrow some better connected walls. You can do it yourself if you are reasonably competent with a helper and can roll on vetwrap.
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    09-13-2012, 08:17 AM
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    09-13-2012, 03:59 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
casting. Seriously. .
In another thread I descriibed the cast put on my horse. It's fantastic! It's been 3 weeks, and the bottom was about worn out (wears out at the toe first) so my farrier took it off. And the foot is so much better (sole too) we're leaving it off.

I do not recommend you put it on yourself, though. First, you want to have a really good trim; also want to be sure it's got a sole pad---piney tar is what it smells like.

In spite of the rain and mud, the foot has grown well, and the horse appears perfectly sound.
     

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