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    07-31-2013, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches    
Horse's diet is pasture, 10% pellets, 2 flakes of Tifton-not great quality, and a hay roll out in the pasture. So far she has just added a really good hoof supplement. And fungal shampoo for the cannon bones. Turpentine for the soles.

Re-eval of the diet sounds very good. If she asks I'll pass it on.
What is in the pellets? Any molasses? Some horses are sensitive to sugars in just grass though and that will make their hooves go "splat".
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    07-31-2013, 04:42 PM
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I know some use turpentine to toughen up the soles, but my understanding is that is sort of an old school approach and not really recommended since its a nasty chemical. I wouldn't use it.

Also, as others have pointed out, most pellets include molasses and if this horse is sensitive to sugars, that can also aggervate the bad hooves.

I have a horse whose hooves want to splat and we have to keep him on a strict 4-week trim cycle and a hoof supplement. If he reaches 6 weeks without a trim he gets major flares starting.
    07-31-2013, 05:51 PM
Wow! It blows my mind that the owner is paying for that farrier service. Is the farrier ancient? It's been a great many years (maybe 20) since I have seen a backwards shoe rather than a heartbar.
    07-31-2013, 06:28 PM
That horse is on a 4-6 week schedule and still looks like that? Holy crap he's got some massive flares going on (unless the pic is playing tricks on me, I'll attach a copy where I've drawn along where I see the side of the hoof, tell me if I'm right or not), the severely underrun heels that will never get better when they've got those super long toes and those shoes mashing them down constantly.

How in the world is that farrier still getting work?!
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    07-31-2013, 07:02 PM
Okay this might be a stupid question, but I've never had a shod horse.

Are those horseshoes on backwards? Or is that a thing some farriers do? Orrrr... ?
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    07-31-2013, 07:14 PM
EEK! I would get those shoes off of there and get that horse a proper trim. That's awful looking. I think this kind of thing is how people come not to trust farriers. I want to ask how someone could let shoeing that bad go on for that long, but I've unfortunately seen it happen way too often. Poor horses.
    07-31-2013, 07:15 PM
Shoebox, reverse shoeing is used for certain kinds of lameness. It used to be pretty common for laminitis, and in some areas still is. I am not a fan, though.
    07-31-2013, 07:19 PM
That farrier would of been fired a long time ago if my horses feet looked that crappy. In serious need of a good farrier
    07-31-2013, 07:22 PM
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The picture Smrobs marked SHOWS that he doesn't have bad feet. The new growth is growing in correctly. What's happening is the laminae is tearing away from the hoof wall from constant flaring and is splaying out like it is. I wonder if the coffin bone has a negative PA and is sinking? Poor horse. I would try and convince the owner to get radiographs done to show her that his feet need done horribly and the farrier she has now isn't worth a lick. Or, offer to trim the horse for free. In such a poor case like this where the horse is suffering at the owner's hands, I would want to do anything I could to help him out.

PS, I think backward shoeing is done to shorten breakover and offer heel support. But all it's doing is crushing the heels. He doesn't need the grow heel, they need to be shortened and brought back to where they should be. There's plenty there for the farrier to take away.
    07-31-2013, 08:23 PM
Wow, that's definitely up there with the worst looking feet I've ever seen. Is this horse ridden like this?

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