not my horse, she belongs to a friend who may be likely dealing with a metabolic horse.
1. Owner is highy suspicious of metabolic problems even though her local vet, says "no".
2. I don't have pics of the tops of the hooves but when they were posted on another forum, the fronts were slightly dished and appeared to have some degree of founder. The front hooves are sore and responded very well to home made lily pads and boots. The owner sent me before booting and after booting videos and Whitey was moving a lot more fluid and relaxed after she put the partial pads and boots on him.
Because a vet isn't able to be involved (keep reading), I suggested putting a less thick pad under the hooves. The owner had 3/8" thick padding; along with putting boots on him, it the comfort level difference was amazing in a good way.
2.1 Local vet, just out of vet school, does not have portable or otherwise x-ray, so the Owner has to wait until early May for the traveling vet who does have an x-ray machine.
2.1.1 Owner lives in a fairly remote area that still has twelve inches of snow/mud/and more bad weather coming. Meaning, hauling the horse 80 miles to the vet with the x-ray machine isn't happening.
3. Owner is a diligent caregiver and, to the expert trimmers & farriers on this forum, did used to trim her minis when she had them. So she is ready, willing, and able to take instruction.
3.1 You should all be proud of yourselves because you, hoof caregivers, are the reason I insisted she joing this forum
but alas, Management is not co-operating
4. Lastly, the farrier that was doing Whitey and his stable pals' hooves is away at vet school. His father has been trimming the horses, in the interim. He's been trimming a long time but does not know a lot of the new techniques or to even recognize certain hoof health issues.
4.1 So the Owner is respectfully asking for some input and some trimming guidance. It's going to be tough, as she can only read the forum but can't do her own replying.
Until her membership is approved, she has to rely on me to do her speaking
I will try my best to be prompt with her responses but I do this from a desktop, I have a cell phone but that's all it is, I don't have WiFi capability, much less internet access
My current contract doesn't expire til September and Verizon won't cut me any slack on getting a new phone for next-to-nothing -- they want me to pay full price and that ain't happenin'.
I had to download her pics from her e-mail to my PC. Rather than re-loading them to Photobucket, then bringing them into HF, I loaded them directly into an HF album. That's why the pics are small but they should enlarge if you click on them.
I'm not sure when the last trim was:(
I also have the rear hoof pics but I have to get back down to the barn, so I'm only posting the front hooves, which are the ones that are sore.
Ok, Hoof caregiver ladies, thoughts, please on how the owner should proceed with trimming, at least until the vet with x-ray machine gets to her house in early May.
I can get pics of the tops of the hooves off the other forum, If I have to; I know that would be ok with the Owner. I won't post the videos without her permission, however
I really appreciate your help