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post #21 of 36 Old 11-24-2013, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Speaking of diet, what are some important considerations for hoof health? He is just on grass hay right now, no pasture or supplements. I notice his hooves do seem to crack and chip quite a bit.

I am going to try and get the pictures this afternoon if the weather cooperates.
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post #22 of 36 Old 11-24-2013, 01:04 PM
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Basically they need adequate protein, (likely low in just grass hay)the need low starch and sugar levels ,(usually best in most grass hay), balanced minerals such as magnesium, mangnese, and sulfer, and enough micro levels of certain metals particularly copper and zinc.
Too much calcium can affect the absorbtion of other important minerals so avoid straight alfalfa because that is very high in calcium .

So on a grass hay diet I would just add a good complete hoof supplement that contains the minerals and metals and methionene and biotin. And as long as he is not a insulin resistant horse, maybe add a LITTLE alfalfa to boost the protein. But not more than 25% or so of the total diet.
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post #23 of 36 Old 11-30-2013, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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I am not sure if these pics will indicate anything. It's the best I could get right now. Reading the instructions, I think I will need some help if I want many more shots from all of the different angles.

My biggest concern now is the possibility of ringbone/arthritis because of imbalance in his hooves? He is only 6 (will be 7 in January). Never been used for anything other than pleasure riding for the most part.

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Any thoughts?
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post #24 of 36 Old 11-30-2013, 09:53 PM
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I see your in colorado patty stiller is also from colorado id be finding out if shed come to your area.
Worth a try she's good and could fix your hoof issues.
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It depends on how far away. Colorado is a big state....
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I just see hooves that are in dire needs of a thorough trim.
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post #27 of 36 Old 12-01-2013, 05:33 PM
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Cute horse! Good for you learning what's right for your horse way before something is actually wrong. If the picture shows him as being a bit sickle hocked and butt high and he really is, his hind hooves look to be a good angle, and just need a trim. Standing him up in the back with a higher angle and shorter toe may make him sore higher up. The fronts I can't tell. The undersides look super healthy and have a nice big frog and good wall.
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post #28 of 36 Old 12-01-2013, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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He actually just had a trim a week before these pics were taken. Farrier said he didn't want to take them all the way to where they needed to be in one trim. He didn't schedule again for 8 weeks.
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Those hoofs don't look like they have been trimmed a week ago. 8 weeks is to long between trims. Id be looking for a new farrier.
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post #30 of 36 Old 12-01-2013, 08:47 PM
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I would think that if my horse was in Colorado where the terrain is rocky, I'd want to leave some protection. I think 8 weeks is too long unless your horse is a self trimmer. But the fronts should be straightened out now, if the picture portrays the fronts in pic 4 , they appear to be way underrun. If they are, that's the kind of thing you want to avoid.
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