Hooves chipping, how badly does he need a trim?

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    05-05-2012, 09:54 PM
Hooves chipping, how badly does he need a trim?

Hi everyone,
I attached some pics of my horses hooves, I know he needs a trim, but does anyone have advice on how they look? Is it terrible, or just a bit overgrown.

He is not actually my horse, but I have been riding him. He lives in a barn, and rarely gets out of the stall because they don't really have enough space for him, so mostly he gets out when I go ride him. He hasn't been trimmed in awhile, I'm not sure how long exactly, and now he has a big chip off the front left hoof. I noticed this last time I saw him, and I didn't ride him, just took him out on a lead rope. I'm not sure how bad the chip really is, it's almost like a whole piece came off the side, so I'm not sure what I should do. He did have a little thrush, which I treated with Thrush Off, and I think that's getting better. He constantly trips when he walks, which I think is partly the long hooves, and partly that he doesn't pay attention. (I posted another thread about him tripping a while ago & got some great advice). He also clips his front hooves with his back when he walks. He's got a few other issues too, but I'll save that for another post!

I hope the pics came through ok, thanks for any advice!
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    05-05-2012, 10:02 PM
Looks like that "chip" is his hoof trying to trim itself, he needs a trim pretty dang bad I'd say.
    05-05-2012, 10:24 PM
Definitely in need of a trim, but I'd bet his feet trim up pretty nicely when they do get done.
    05-05-2012, 10:36 PM
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Yes, his toes are way too long and really need a trim. Does he trip, at all? I would think he might be tripping with those long toes.
    05-06-2012, 12:37 AM
Yes, looking rather desperate. Not surprised he's tripping & overreaching with feet like that! Tripping could also be due to those weak heels - he's likely 'tippy toeing' to avoid using them too much. Toe first impacts also put a lot of unhealthy stress on other areas of the foot & leg, including the navicular region.

Keeping a horse locked up, especially long term like that is bad for them on a number of levels & while good, regular trimming should get his feet in better shape & manage them from becoming much worse, his heels, & therefore his way of going is not likely to improve while he's kept cooped up. You'll likely be battling constant thrush too. I am guessing that if they neglect & don't care for him in those ways, chances are his diet & nutrition is not great either.

I know he's not your horse, but maybe if he's been so neglected & mistreated by his owner, you could talk to them about giving him to a better home - perhaps you?
    05-06-2012, 12:38 AM
Absolutely find a way to trim him. He's way overdue...by months.
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    05-06-2012, 12:42 AM
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    05-06-2012, 01:02 AM
Thanks for all the replies! I thought its looking pretty bad. He also seems to slide his back feet under him sometimes when trotting, maybe because of weak heels. Im not sure it's good to ride him right now, on top of tripping he's also very spooky, I guess I can't blame him for acting a bit nuts sometimes. His owner seems to really care about him but I think she doesn't have time or money to give him what he needs right now. I think his feed is okay, he lives with some breeding mares and retired racehorses (trotters), & eats what they eat I think. He seems otherwise healthy, although probably hasn't seen a vet in awhile. Someone else did suggest he stay with me, but I have a fairly small property & can't really afford to keep him. Well, hopefully I can get them to get a farrier out there soon.
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    05-06-2012, 01:45 AM
Originally Posted by arwen311    
His owner seems to really care about him but I think she doesn't have time or money to give him what he needs right now.
I like to assume the best of people unless proven otherwise, and I (like to) think that cruelty is most often due to ignorance, but neglect is neglect, regardless of the reason. Perhaps you could discuss the unhealthy state of affairs with the owner, if you believe they really do care, rather than just turning a blind eye because of money & space issues?
    05-06-2012, 11:01 PM
Loosie, you are right. I guess I just feel like there isn't much I can do, but I should do something. I will try & talk to his owner, & also the guys at the stable. Thanks for all the advice!
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