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post #1 of 66 Old 05-09-2012, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Horse shoeing question

I watched a youtube video the other day and it was showing a horse that had been kept shod for his entire life and overtime the nails from the shoes had cut off the toe of the hoof, I am guessing the nails were put in different places each shoeing and it finally just cut the front of the hoof off over time, anyone ever seen that before? Is this from bad shoeing or can it happen over the years with being shod over and over?
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post #2 of 66 Old 05-09-2012, 03:14 PM
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do you happen to have the link to this video?
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Hmmm, well most horses I know have been shod all their working life, and no damage resulted. I can only imagine it was either...

- very bad farriery

- or hoof damage completely unrelated, but incorrectly blamed on the shoeing.


Ah, You Tube, the source of sooo much truth, half-truth, rumour and flat out lies!
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going to go scour the tube and see if I can find it.
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Only thing you can be sure of is there was a LOT more to the story that wasn't told. Remember, whatever anyone tells you is based on their experiences and some(especially anonymous & on YouTube perhaps...) are far less than objective in their opinions.
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I watched a youtube video the other day
Don't do that.

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and it was showing a horse that had been kept shod for his entire life and overtime the nails from the shoes had cut off the toe of the hoof,
Can't happen no matter how bad the shoeing.

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I am guessing the nails were put in different places each shoeing and it finally just cut the front of the hoof off over time, anyone ever seen that before?
Yes, but not caused by the nails.

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Is this from bad shoeing
Perhaps, or bad ownership.

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or can it happen over the years with being shod over and over?
Not from years of being shod over and over. Being shod and not re-set over and over is another story.
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Well what would or could cause the toe to come off? I was just guessing nails over and over, I see where bnt said that not having them reset maybe. When you don't reset do the nails work themselves loose and wear out the nails hole?
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Well what would or could cause the toe to come off? I was just guessing nails over and over, I see where bnt said that not having them reset maybe. When you don't reset do the nails work themselves loose and wear out the nails hole?
Nails wouldn't be placed at the same level for a start, at least unless the hoof NEVER grew. Separation, seedy toe.... a big abscess bursting on the coronary border will grow out as a horizontal line which often has a lot of separation/infection around it & will often break off well above ground level if hooves aren't well managed &/or are peripherally loaded.
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Well what would or could cause the toe to come off? I was just guessing nails over and over, I see where bnt said that not having them reset maybe. When you don't reset do the nails work themselves loose and wear out the nails hole?
Like Loosie said, there are many reasons the wall at the toe can be broken off. Nails are not one of them. Poor nailing and/or lack of regular hoof care can cause the wall to break off in the quarters in/around the area of the nails.

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Hmm.. I've never heard of that happening! But I have heard mostly not very good things about shoeing. The main one being that shod horses have extremely reduced circulation in their legs (Mostly their foot) - This thermograph shows a horse with one hoof shod (Guess which one!) and it definitely isn't getting as much blood as the others. Also, I've heard that the nail holed can collect dirt and get really infected... I'm not sure how true all of this is, but after a quick readup it didn't sound like what I would want for my horse.

A hoof book I have explains it much better and more professionally, but the cons list is still longer than the benefits list. I don't think the circulation loss would normally be quite this extreme, but still...

Too, one more thing... Hooves are supposed to flex when a horse walks (helps the circulation) - a horse with a shoe, its hoof couldn't flex properly... Right? Hence, loss of circulation...
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