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post #21 of 89 Old 05-14-2013, 10:25 PM
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I feel he is definitely missing something in his diet. His hooves remind me more of cardboard than anything.

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post #22 of 89 Old 05-14-2013, 10:25 PM
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Personally, I'd ditch the shoes altogether, especially with that farrier. While I understand there wasn't much to work with, any competant farrier that shoes should know that the shoes are too big and those nails are horrid. I'm surprised he didn't bleed the poor thing with that nail placement..Farrier needs to go back to the Nail Block (4x4 to practice driving nails, straight, with the correct taper on the correct side). The nails look like he had the taper pointed to the inside of the hoof instead of out.

I can't comment on the cracks..I've never had to deal with cracks that bad and I don't believe I ever will since I keep up on my horses. But yes, he should be expected to take off the flare, just about to the white line. Not to mention, he needs to balance those feet as much as he can, because they look nothing alike and the hooves individually are NOT symmetrical or balanced. Bad trim job..while it was an improvement, the job done is still not that great, sadly.
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post #23 of 89 Old 05-14-2013, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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I am trying to get him on better feed but its tough with the BO, she doesn't really listen to the requests of the boarders.

Would you recommend finding a different farrier?

Also, should I not ride him even if he turns up sound before he gets his feet redone? Are they too unbalanced I mean. (I just put bell boots on him today, just as a side note)
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I'd lunge for a few minuts to see how he's doing in turns of tracking up/tripping, etc.

Personally I wouldn't ride a horse with bad feet because I wouldn't be sure if it was very comfortable for the horse?

And there isn't another barn to go to? Barn owners should always try and accomodate requests.. especially if the horse is struggling.

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Is there a horse at this barn or a nearby barn with good feet? If so ask who their farrier is.

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I do not have the money to move him yet but I think within the next couple of months I will be able to move him to a MUCH nicer facility with only 4 other horses (ones a mini) . I can get another farrier if that will fix the problem, I know a few other farriers that do very nice work, this guy was just the cheapest (for obvious reasons I guess, but he does a few other horses at my barn that look AWESOME..but they don't have all the problems that my guy does :/ )

I will try to lunge him when he gets a little better but I really don't want to ride him if he's off at all, I don't think it's fair to him.
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I really don't want to ride him if he's off at all, I don't think it's fair to him.
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Good decision :)

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So you just bought this horse?

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Well the farrier will be back in four weeks, probably closer to three weeks now..what should I ask of him? Smaller shoes, get rid of the flare, take off the cracks..anything else? Does clubbed just mean that the toe is too short and he has no heel?
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Tell him to remove those shoes and ask if he knows any good barefoot trimmers.


Club feet means the hoof is distorted and not what a hoof should look like- it can be one or all four- worse case scenario.. let me get a picture for refrence..







Im not sayin he's got clubbed hooves- just learnin ya a little.

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Yes , I just bought him.

Oh my..that looks terrible! But I'm hearing 'flared' and 'clubbed' can he have both?
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Yes , I just bought him.

Oh my..that looks terrible! But I'm hearing 'flared' and 'clubbed' can he have both?
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he's not clubbed-- im pretty sure its just the way he's trimmed. I have seen a gelding many years back become clubby in both fronts from years of bad trim jobs.


Your boy definitely has more flare that what I woulda left on his hooves. I would have those shoes pulled ASAP and find a good trimmer to even things out. And take care of all the stuff goin on. Especially with a blown out absces.
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