well im afraid that she is going to be unsound shortly. She already has a hard lump on the inside of her cannon bone and im pretty sure its a slpint, but she's not unsound on it. I don't think its an old slpint I never noticed it before but then again I didnt notice alot of things.
Yeah??? Well my mare has TONS of old scars on her legs, a couple of them are in and around joints...one of them causes one of her feet to split a bit if I'm not "on top" of filing. She has an old splint on one of her legs (which splints don't normally cause any pain, anyway, except when they first happen...they heal calloused, and that can actually cause the cannon to be stronger in that particular area.). She checked out sound though, and I may have given her a try anyway, because she had already won me over. If you're concerned about the splints, if you don't already, make sure you have a good pair of boots for her and use them when you work her harder than usual. My guess is though, that you are just overly concerned right now, because you were told that her feet are 'so' terrible...and they aren't, they just need a bit of work. It doesn't mean a 'death sentence' for her though.
Oh and overall...no offense, I'm not seeing the totally
Messed up feet you are...like I said, they need some work, but they are FAR from horrific...trust me, I've seen much much worse, and I think her issues would be easily fixed by a farrier who knows what she needs. I can't see (obviously) if there has been too much wall and what not, left, but my guess is that they are just too long over all, and need some regular routine filing to get them back to a more acceptable level.
Heels look high. But overall I don't see anything too bad with the hoofs themself And I agree with mom, just put splint boots on your girl if you are concerned about the splints (BTW, that's what I do too).
Why do you shoe her? Is she unsound without shoes?
No big deal!!!!! In my opinion, there is NOTHING wrong with those feet beside being long! Long heels and toes, but nothing drastic. Personally, I'd have her shoes pulled, have her feet trimmed somewhat drastically, and get some easyboots for her front feet in case they are tender afterwards. If you decide to keep her barefoot, the easyboots will come in handy for trail rides, etc. later on. Perhaps print out some of the "good" hoof pictures from www.barefoothorse.com to show to your farrier, and talk with him about what changes need to happen in her hooves. I think you really lucked out in becoming aware that her feet are too long while she is still sound and healthy. Her feet need to be shortened A LOT. Many farriers say they don't want to take off too much, but really, her feet need to be way shorter. That's why I'd encourage you, again, to print out some examples of well trimmed/balanced/shaped feet to get an idea of how different it should look.
Also, I forgot to add- in a couple of the side views it looks like she may have foundered a bit in the past. You can see that the lower half of the hoof flares out, while at the top, the new hoof growth is more solidly attached to the inner structures of the hoof.
It is important when she is trimmed to "back up" the toe area, and "mustang roll" the hoof wall all the way around so that she does not bear weight on the flared area of the wall, as that would put pressure on the strained laminae that hold the hoof wall to the inner hoof.
Again, while her feet definitely need some work, they are in NO WAY something that can't be fixed!
Thanks guys. She has never foundered though.. or I should say the previous owner and the breeder of cricket said she has never foundered, but who really knows they could be lying. Well I talked with my boss's farrier and he does think she needs to be shortened up but he didnt think alot though.... and he said that she could use a size bigger shoe, which I agree. But im still going to get a thrid opinion, my barrel trainer has another "special" farrier and she swears by him, so im going to see if he can take a look and what he thinks needs to be done. I really don't like barefoot, just my personal preferance. I would rahter keep her shoed until winter, when winter rolls around she will be barefoot.
Oh, yeah. Those pix don't look nearly as bad as I was expecting. I see feet that could use a better farrier, but nothing to warrant fear. Those ridges that we are seeing can also be cause by sudden diet changes, just borderline founder but not so much to really do any damage. Also, 99.9% of the time, a splint has nothing to do with their shoeing job, they can hit it with their other foot when they are playing or bang it against something and pop that splint.
Denny has grotesque looking splints all down both front legs and while it looks ugly, he has never taken a lame step. The old timers used to say that no horse was worth a **** until he had at least one splint.
Hmmm, well the previous owner only feed her grass hay, and then when I got her she just got grass hay also but I am giving her grain its just strategy though, its not a high fat or protein. Should I switch grains? But why would it just suddenly appear when I have owned her since march and have been feeding her the same grain since march? Although I did add vitamins in may I think, but still that's a long time. Should I maybe switch her to a senior feed? She has to have grain, otherwise she wont eat her vitamins. The splints worried me at first because, one of my boss's horses had a slpint and his shatered and had to be surgically removed, so me being a worrier like I am, I thought what if this is what cricket has, but obviously its not because she would be completly unsound.