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post #1 of 4 Old 07-21-2013, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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How bad are these feet?

I already know the answer - BAD.

This horse wasn't even the worse of the herd--there were two others, one of which was clearly in so much pain that his foot had a strange rotating motion every time he walked and his limp was absolutely ridiculous. One of the hooves was curling up. The other horse had a few large cracks and all three were obviously in serious pain and had difficulty walking, choosing to move as little as they could.
Unfortunately these feet don't belong to my horse, if they did then they wouldn't look like they do. The horses themselves were neglected. Not underweight, but as you can see from the one picture their fur was patchy, rough, dirt-crusted and gross. I hopped into the paddock and brushed away some dirt off the brown horse in the photos and tried to untangle her mane, but I needed a pair of scissors if I really wanted to help. I talked with the owner, who are actually relatives of mine (not immediate family, but we're friendly) and mentioned that they needed trimming, but the entire family seemed in denial. My aunt who's a farrier has offered several times to trim those poor animals' feet for free, but the owners always deny that the horses have any sort of problem. About once or twice a year somebody gets called out on the report of neglect, but nothing is ever done.
So, from a farrier or somebody who knows something about hoof care, on a scale of 1-10, how bad are the feet in the picture and the feet I've described?
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-21-2013, 08:08 PM
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not tons of experience but I have a couple farrier friends and IMO these are a 9.5-10 they're really bad at this point the neglect is bordering on abuse (not sure how it works with animals but with people neglect is considered a form of abuse)

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post #3 of 4 Old 07-22-2013, 12:02 AM
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They are clearly in need of a trim. But, w/o other pictures (the bottom, "solar" I believe they call it), side, etc., it is difficult to "score them".

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-22-2013, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hopefully we'll be going back soon and I can jump back in the paddock and do some more investigating w photos.
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