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post #21 of 26 Old 06-06-2012, 01:11 PM
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This is a picture of my mare's right hind hoof. Her two froont hooves look just like it with the horizontal cracks. They have grown halfway down and I just got shoes on her today to help support her foot. It's not normal and my farrier has only seen one other case similar. I wondered if the horse in the origional post looked the same and or does anyone have anything they can tell me about this. Thanks
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post #22 of 26 Old 06-06-2012, 01:26 PM
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Can't get my pic to show up..............sorry.
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post #23 of 26 Old 06-06-2012, 05:41 PM
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The angles of this horses hoof growth has changed. Whether your trimmer has taken on a new method or there was a laminitic episode sometime over the past 4-6 weeks. The duckbill look of the old growth is going to become more obvious over the next couple of months as the new growth comes in. This would be a good time to get started with a really good rehabilitative trim to ensure a tight laminae connection while maintaining a 30* ground parallel coffin bone.

I can see the angle of the hoof is creating some problems with the joint articulation or lets say the way the horse is standing on the leg. If not corrected this causes problems with the joints, synovial fluid and/or arthritis not to mention what it could do to the coffin bone. I'm not trying to be an alarmist but to bring this to your attention. Certainly more pictures of various views would be helpful to be sure any of this is correct.
I'm glad you added that, however I'd have asked for better pictures before bringing any of this up as it can be VERY alarming and possibly unnecessarily so.


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Ok that is poor advice unless you are in an extremely rural area that has no professional farriers to call. I only thought I was doing a good job trimming my own before going to school and starting a career as a farrier. Just from school alone I learned just what I didn't know and had to apologize to my horses. Now I REALLY know just how much I have YET to learn in this career. It's way more involved than a "simple" trim.
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Here in the south we call this "sawgrass poisoning" it is irritation of the coronet band that causes the horizontal cracks.Some of the cracks as they grow down the hoof will get a "V" shape to them. Never seen one lame from it and the cracks will grow out. I'm sure with the cold weather the same thing happened to your horse. I have barns with 10 horses in the same pasture and some will have it every year when the rain starts and some never get it.
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I'm glad you added that, however I'd have asked for better pictures before bringing any of this up as it can be VERY alarming and possibly unnecessarily so.
I 'liked' HoofMechanic's post, because I think the observations could well be relevant & important. I agree though that I wouldn't state anything of the sort - had thought to query it tho - without more pics & info at least however.

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Ok that is poor advice unless you are in an extremely rural area that has no professional farriers to call. I only thought I was doing a good job trimming my own before going to school and starting a career as a farrier. Just from school alone I learned just what I didn't know and had to apologize to my horses. Now I REALLY know just how much I have YET to learn in this career. It's way more involved than a "simple" trim.
I do not in the least believe it is poor advice for horse owners to learn for themselves. I actually think it's poor advice to leave everything to professionals - what happens if you find yourself in a spot & the farrier can't make it, for one?? BUT I agree fully about learning all you can of the theory first, and think if at all possible, more than a few supervised lessons are a good move. It's not rocket science, but it's not cake making either. There's also a big difference in maintaining healthy feet & rehabbing sick ones, and without a lot more knowledge & practice, I don't encourage owners to do their own 'correctional' work. I don't encourage owners to 'go it alone' either, but think it's a very good move to have the farrier out regularly, if only to check your work.

Oh and I do so get where you're coming from re thinking you were good enough until... I'd been told I was good enough to look after my own horses by a few farriers I'd learned the practice from, but it was only after bothering to learn the theory, principles & hoof function that I started to see that they shouldn't have been allowed near my horse's hooves with anything more aggressive than a hoof pick, let alone me! Which is another reason I'm big on owners learning for themselves - how do you know whether your farrier's good, bad or otherwise?

Maybe it's worse in my area or something, but the standard of many(not all by any means) of the professional farriers around here have led to what I class as owner cruelty through ignorance(not blaming the owners) & a huge reason why I got into this 'game' in the first place.
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post #26 of 26 Old 06-08-2012, 07:06 PM
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Thought about this thread today when I this horse walked up.
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He has it on both fronts and one hind. I see this every year when it rains every afternoon . We call it saw grass poisoning, I'm sure there is some other elaborate vet term for it. All superficial, no need to worry I've never seen it hurt one.
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