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post #61 of 68 Old 02-12-2013, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by spirit88 View Post
So thats the problem bare foot for my horse would never work.
Pardon, sent the last reply before reading further! Never say never though. I *generally speaking* wouldn't advise metal rims on unhealthy hooves either, but if you're able to get his feet healthy & functional first, then sole depth will improve, then you may start working on building hoof strength, so that metal rims/bare may become valid options, in some, if not all situations.

They get 3 lbs of oats twice a day in summer.
It's possible this is part of the issue. Oats aren't a bad grain, as far as grain goes, but I'd be looking into a healthier, low starch alternative, such as beet pulp, rice bran, lucerne, etc, especially if you can only feed twice daily. If you are going to feed grain, ensure it's fed little & often, with lots of roughage, rather than only 2 larger meals of it.

I looked up what laser tips looked like on a hoof I don't think they'd work my horse stone bruises beyond where they'd protect. Not sure boots are the anwser would need 4 for my gelding his hind hoofs wear to short and he gets sore.
OK, typically horses aren't so thin soled in the back half of the hoof, and the tips cover the worst, while leaving the back half able to function, so therefore build strength. If your horse had such high heels & such, it may be as much about the excess foot causing bruising in the back. Also frogs/heels/DCs are going to be weak too.

Yeah, boots aren't suitable for all horses & situations, but there are a wide variety on the market these days, to suit most situations & horses. Why don't you think they'd be suitable for your gelding? With the sort of riding you've described you do, I'd definitely go for a 'low profile' type, such as Epics or Renegades. If boots really aren't going to work, rubber, full sole shoes are another option, which would be at least better than steel rims IMO.

....should have read the WHOLE thread before replying shouldn't I?? Thanks Trinity!
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The thing with boots for my gelding is id have to boot all 4 hoofs his hind also get sore I know sorry reason.

Thinking rubber shoes might be the ticket for him not sure new farrier has dealt with rubber shoes though. Always a first time for everything.

As far as feed iv tryed beet pulp tc senior and every other low nsc feeds problem is they only like for a while then won't touch it. Iv sense tryed these feeds still won't eat them.

That's why I feed oats they only get oats from april to first part of november sometimes a bit longer if their a bit thin. My horse always have hay all year long their never with out.

Would it be possible for their hooves to be healthy by may or not even possible in that short of time.

Still not sure how skilled new farrier is so guess time will tell ill see how the hoofs look after several more trims. Will post pics of my geldings feet do have before pics of his feet. The other gelding I never got before pics of his.
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The GC shoes are easy to use and take no special tools. They are easier than a metal shoe actually. The only consideration for them is removing them. You have to pull the nails with crease nail pullers, they will not wedge off like a metal shoe. Any farrier can put them on. He still will need to trim the foot properly to correct whatever needs correcting but yes, they should generally work. Pour in pads may still be necessary tho depending on what is going on with the horses foot. Flexible shoes will flex and conform to the foot so thin sole at the toe may need soft padding between it and the shoe. If its really bad, you might have to go with something like an Epona while the sole gains some depth. Look at the GC shoes like a flexible boot. If the horse can ride in a boot with no padding, it will be fine with no pour in padding. If the horse needs padding in a boot, he probably will benefit from a pour in pad under the GC shoe. It will depend on the horse.

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Trinity ill post before pics of my horses feet and after pics.
He has issues with being sore on both fronts. He's sore tonight was fine yesterday not sure what's up.maye the frozen ground isn't helping but its buried under 10+inches of snow.

When farrier was here he was sound so he couldn't find what was wrong. I felt his hoofs for heat they were fine. I know last farrier only trimmed down one bar but left the other.

Have a bit of concern with comment new guy said he hardly ever touches the soles with hoof knife. So that means over grown bars wich he didn't trim I know from all the reading iv done that's not good.

Last farrier carved out sole every time and as time went on had more and more issues with stone bruises. So going from sole craving to none at all guess its better to not be carving sole out all the time.

I plan on trying the rubber shoes hope this farrier can get their Hooves where they need to be.
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ok here are some before pics of my horse so you can see what their feet looked like before new farrier. This was a trim job old farrier did trim was only a week out when i took pics. This is his front feet.
Will get pics of now trimmed feet will be a bit.

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ok more pics. Will be back later with new pics of trim from new farrier.

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Here after new farrrier trimmed. Need opinions on work.see phone did goofy on pics again.

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I like the foot angle to match the pastern angle.
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