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    01-15-2012, 11:09 PM
Green Broke
Maybe dry hooves? Weather?

Okay well sorry for the many posts lately! I'm curious and it teaches me alot so that being said....

Moo had his feet done 4 weeks ago and we go every 8 weeks since they barely grow, but since he's going to the trainers I'm going to have them done early at 6 weeks instead of 8.

ANYWAY. I don't know if it's because of the weather and the way the thick mud has dried but all of his hooves are cracked but it looks like he was tryin to step on the dried mud and it like cut his frog and bottom of his hoof. I will try to get pics up but is this even possible? I noticed on one hoof it looks as if he literally almost cut half of his frog off. Doesn't really seem to hinder him. He just doesn't like me touching it really.

Any hoof supplements or conditioners I could give him? Is it due to the weather or just something that needs attentiOn?
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    01-15-2012, 11:28 PM
Maybe his frog is shedding? Let's see those pics.
    01-16-2012, 10:31 PM
Green Broke
Okay here are pics of his front right and hind right as I just remembered to snap some pics before I put some hoof conditioner on them.

They are really wide and we are trying to fix that. He came to me with the toes of his hooves really long and they still are. So that being said they were done 4 weeks ago and I clean them every night because the pics look pretty bad. You can see some of the cracks and scrapes.
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    01-17-2012, 08:55 AM
He is due for another trim. His feet look nice and hard :) I don't see what you mentioned about the frog being cut. When you say they are wide and you're trying to fix that, I assume you are talking about the flaring. Yes, that needs to be done and the sooner the better although it doesn't appear to be drastic at this point. His heels look a little high as well. Maybe some excess sole. None of this is anything to worry about -- just a trim now, not 2 weeks from now and you should be seeing some pretty feet.
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    01-17-2012, 10:13 AM
Green Broke
I couldn't get good pics. Trying to hold my phone and his hoof at the same time don't work all too well. HIs feet have always looked like pancakes since whoever did his feet where I bought him from took way too much off the first time. So we are slowly tryin to fix them. His feet actually haven't grown much we just are trying to slowly fix them so they aren't so wide. But thank you! I'm still waiting for a call back from my farrier to see If he can come out earlier then when our original appointment was on Feb 10th. Being my horse is going to the trainers and I don't want anyone else touching his feet haha
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ETA- since I've gotten him he does have slight slight heat above his hooves in all four feet. He's never gone lame but I know it's because of his feet. His feet were really long when the guy brought him home from Camelot and they took way too much off at one time which might have made him ouchy? Who knows. But yeah the wideness were are trying to fix. But he has never taken a lame step! Just very careful sometimes on his front feet :)
    01-17-2012, 12:51 PM
Ask your farrier if there is heat -- it may well be just his regular temperature and you notice the difference between the hoof and the fur. Try feeling down the leg, close your eyes and see if you really truly do feel heat.

Based on the pics you've provided I can't see why those feet couldn't be pretty darn close to perfect after the next trim. However, pictures can be deceiving. And yes, if his feet were very long and a lot was taken off at once when he first came from Camelot, he may have been sensitive for a time. Shouldn't be any more though.
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    01-19-2012, 01:20 AM
Ditto what NM said. The semicircles I've marked are approximately where I' bevel his quarters to & the lower line indicates where the heel buttresses probably should be. It looks as tho the left side is imbalanced & longer, tho of course, that could just be the pic. While you can't just shorten a long foot by rasping into the sole on the ground surface, removing excess wall from the flare in such a way that you prevent leverage without taking away from the protection the walls provide is helpful and won't cause the horse to be any more sensitive.
    01-19-2012, 01:35 AM
Green Broke
Well the wider hoof is his front and the not as wider one is his back
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    01-19-2012, 01:39 AM
Oops, forgot to add the pic...
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    01-19-2012, 12:12 PM
Green Broke
Thank u;) I have an appt now for next week
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