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        02-05-2013, 08:22 PM
    Welcome to Flickr!

    Lots of hoof pictures. Scroll to the right. All 4 hooves are there from different angles.
    At the end I put a few pictures of her body so you can see how skinny she is. She's ribby, and you can see her hip and shoulder bones easily, but she's a lot better than when she retired from racing. :)
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        02-05-2013, 08:42 PM
    Originally Posted by Chevylover96    
    The farrier did round the edges, they looked really good for about a week. You guys think a trim will do it? ....I'm not sure how big it is, or what kind, I just know its high fat, high fiber. Would ground flax help with her hooves?
    A (frequent, good) trim, good diet & nutrition & as much (low impact) exercise & turnout as possible(24/7 preferably) should give her what she needs to grow decent feet(& everything on top). While I think it's mostly that 'good' feet are made, not born good or bad from genetics, Standies are known for strong feet, so with the foundations in place, it should start to happen.

    Yes, as I mentioned, (stabilised or fresh)ground flax or such is a good dietary supplement. But that is one of many nutrients that may or may not be lacking/imbalanced in her diet. Without knowing what she's eating, who knows whether it would be good bad or indifferent to add other stuff. Find out what she's eating & how much first, including hay/grazing & get onto or consult a nutritionist to analyse her diet & work out what extras she needs.

    Somewhere I saw you said something about her being mentally mature enough to ride, but at 3.5yo she is not physically mature enough for much at all in the way of weight bearing & high impact stuff. Particularly as while she's now a 'kid', she would have actually been started while still a baby & while it's great she only raced 10 times, she still trained & raced & according to the research, will likely already have some damage in her spine, pelvis & hocks. So of course I appreciate people have different opinions & such, but if you haven't already, have a bit of a study of Dr Deb Bennett's & other's work on developmental stages & injuries, so you can make an informed decision.
        02-05-2013, 09:44 PM
    I was expecting much worse....
    She's got typical standie feet, all she needs is a good barefoot trim and good nutrition.
    I got a 3 year old gelding who wouldn't run, he never even raced, but was in peak racing condition when I bought him. He first lost some weight, the change from around 12-15 lbs grain and little hay to free choice hay and very little grain did that. Body has to adjust, it takes a while. He did grow 2 full inches in the first three months with me. When he was about 5 he started to get wide, too.
    I don't know the feed you're giving her, doesn't sound too bad for weight gain. How is the protein content? She can use a little higher protein than an adult horse, until she's in good weight. A flake of alfalfa would do that. Flax in any shape is really good, not only for her feet. I swear hy Omega Horseshine, or as alternative, the Dumor brand from TSC. A good vitamin/ mineral supplement is a must.
    Keep in mind she didn't have much chance just being a horse due to her job, so out, if possible with a herd, will get her much needed social contact. Don't overwork her as long as she's still growing and gaining weight, as has been already mentioned.
    If you do it right now, you will have an amazing companion in her.......I have such a soft spot for standies....
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        02-06-2013, 12:46 AM
    OK, agree with Desert, for starters. From what you described, I had the idea there were major ridges, but I'd call them quite minor rings. *bearing in mind that IME standies are among the breeds that don't tend to show these signs as prominently as some others. I'd call it low grade laminitis & as such, consider it as an 'early warning' that things haven't been the best for her(no surprises given her history) and with good diet & management, it 'shouldn't' be an issue.

    So... it would be easier & clearer if you could attach pics in the thread & lable them so we know which feet are pictured. Looks like front feet which are high heeled & a bit run forward, with overgrown bars? There is also a bit of stretching & flaring that needs addressing - maybe it's the back feet that are worse & quarters more than toes - which is normal when horses are shod or trimmed flat.

    She looks a bit overdue for a trim & there are issues that need addressing, but not knowing what they looked like before & that this is a few weeks out, the farrier may well have made the best he could of a mess, so not judging the job.
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        02-06-2013, 06:41 AM
    They go front left , hind left, right front And then right hind. I can't post in the thread because I don't have a working computer right now so I'm using my phone. I don't think it'll let me with my phone.
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        02-06-2013, 10:50 AM
    I upload pics from phone to my album here and then copy and paste
        02-20-2013, 09:11 AM
    To update, I got her feet trimmed by a good barefoot trimmer about a week ago. They are nicely rounded and no chipping since! Happy with the lack of chipping for sure! I'll mos likely use the same trimmer next time! :) the farrier also said that her feet are nice and solid, a few more trims and they'll be to their full potential. Happy I decided against shoes.
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        02-20-2013, 09:33 AM
    Yeah, stick with this trimmer. And we need updated pics
        02-20-2013, 09:57 AM
    Nice farrier, sounds like he's taking it slow. I think that the increase in nutrition has gotten her feet growing faster, which is good cause the changes can come along at a faster rate.

    I don't think she's physically mature to ride, but if you are on the lighter side of weight, and do maybe 20 min a day, I don't think that would be a problem. If she's pacey, she'll need alot of walking.

    I love standardbreds. If she's pacey, she could possibly be persuaded to break that pace and become a gaited horse, and my personal dream would be a speed racker. Look at one on You tube.

    I would be very careful with grain at this point. Hay and grazing will put good weight on her in a good way and not get her sick. With a mostly hay diet, I would get her some vitamins, but she does look kind of shiny and her hoof walls look pretty thick. Thin hoof walls would need the extra vitamins.

    I would be careful feeding alfalfa. I love alfalfa, but start with a handful and work up. I would worry that it's too rich if she's not had it. But alfalfa as part of a growing girl's diet sounds pretty good.

    Standardbreds have always been my favorite-I don't know why, I think it's their looks and temperment. Good luck!
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