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    04-19-2012, 08:32 AM
Hoof too short

Ok...so my "regular" farrier does a lot of business and is pretty busy most times. With all this warm weather my horse went through what I guess you'd call a growth spurt with his hoofs. They were flared a bit and needing a trim. The horse is barefoot. My mom mentions it to me in passing (horses are on my mother's property) and I tell her I am calling the farrier ASAP but not sure when he will get out exactly to trim up the horses. I only meant that I did not know an exact date at the time. My mother apparently took it as the farrier was not going to be out for a while. She says she was concerned about the horses' hoofs being too long. They had been trimmed about 5 wks ago (so yeah it was time for a trim but not any major flares or problems) and neither was limping or anything of the sort.

She had her BF trim my horse. They know next to nothing about horses and just went by what they thought looked right. He trimmed my horse WAY TOO short in the front. I got to find out about this when I showed up to feed/care for the horses and my horse is limping on his front half. Sorry about not having pics......but I don't think they were cut much, if any, into any of the sole....it just looks like they threw him off balance and left little to no hoof wall for him to walk with. He may be walking on sole. I feel so awful for my poor horse and so freakin' pissed off at mom and her BF. I gave him some BUTE and am calling his farrier to see if he can come out today instead of when I made the appointment for.

Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to make my horse comfortable until the farrier gets here? The horse is on pasture right now with access to the barn with stalls. Also, what should I be expecting as far as hoofs being short? Never dealt with this. Are we looking at boots, shoes, or what? I know it is hard to tell with no pics (sorry)....but any insight will be helpful.
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    04-19-2012, 10:49 AM
Green Broke
Feel bad for you & your horse-A real bad trim job can take quite awhile to recover from. If the BF didn't know much about horses where did he get tools? I've seen lots of horses that just lay down after a too short trim-so at least he is up & walking. Hopefully, your farrier will be out soon & answer your questions & be able to provide some relief to your horse.
    04-19-2012, 11:09 AM
Originally Posted by lilbit11011    
Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to make my horse comfortable until the farrier gets here?
Go to the hardware or lawn and garden shop. Look for those soft, flat pads that people kneel on when gardening. Another option are the puzzle-cut pads that people use to cover their garage or workshop floor. Buy a couple of those pads to cover all four feet or just one pad if you're only addressing the front feet.

Have the horse stand on pads, one foot at a time. Trace the hoof outline on the pad with a magic marker. Now cut the pad to create your temporary "horseshoe".

Clean the foot (walls and solar surface) with a wire brush then "paint" the bottom of the foot (frog/sole) with iodine or betadine.

Use duct tape to apply the "horseshoe" to the horses foot. Don't allow the tape to cover the heel bulbs or the soft tissue at the coronary. Keep it on the hoof wall. The hoof wall should be clean and dry to assure the tape will stick.

This protocol will make your horse more comfortable and assist in preventing solar bruising and/or abscessing.

Also, what should I be expecting as far as hoofs being short? Never dealt with this. Are we looking at boots, shoes, or what? I know it is hard to tell with no pics (sorry)....but any insight will be helpful.
If there is enough distal wall to work with, the farrier will probably want to install a "deep seated" set of shoes.

If there isn't enough distal wall to nail up the shoes, the farrier may opt to glue on a set of shoes or may recommend hoof boots. Hoof condition, limb/capsule conformation, environment and cost will be deciding factors.

Tell the BF he should probably keep his day job.

    04-19-2012, 11:14 AM
Green Broke
Oh poor horse! Please keep us posted on this. I am curious as to what will need to be done.
    04-19-2012, 11:33 AM
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Poor guy! That would just make me furious. Hopefully your farrier can get things set right!
    04-19-2012, 12:29 PM
I hope the farrier can help out. Horseman56 gave some GREAT advise on the situation.

    04-23-2012, 12:56 AM
Wow, I hope your horse is recovering okay and your farrier was able to try to clean up that mess.
    04-23-2012, 01:02 AM
That's awful, I would be LIVID! Poor pony! I would be inclined to go the hoof boot route rather than shoes if you want to keep him barefoot. Have you been able to get your farrier out yet?
    04-23-2012, 05:19 PM
OK...sorry to post and run. BUT, farrier can't make it until Friday....best I could get. Romeo seems to be doing better as far as the short hoofs go. He is not limping as bad or laying down as often. But, I am waiting for the farrier to give me a full idea of what it will take to get him back together again. I am livid. Poor Romeo shouldn't have to go through this.

BUT, now he has an abscess in his front right hoof. Testing his hoof and after dealing with this before with him I can say it looks like it is moving up into his band. My poor guy can't get a break it seems. We are soaking his foot to try to get it out faster.

I just wish the farrier was here NOW and not Friday. Also, to answer the question of where the BF got the tools. I keep clippers, file, hoof knife, ect. In the barn just in case of an emergency. I have never really used the clippers as I feel my farrier has better knowledge than me in regards to my horses' feet...but I keep them "just in case".

Thank you everyone. I will post pics as soon as I can. Keep your fingers crossed for my boy.
    04-23-2012, 05:27 PM
So sorry you're going through this, I would be extremely upset if this happened to me. Hope Romeo makes a quick recovery!

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