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        08-05-2013, 11:48 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    Subbing! I have no advice since i've never dealt with anything like this but she is a cutie and I'm glad you adopted her!
    Just out of curiousity since I'm not a hoof expert by any means, what exactly makes those cracks so deep like that? I've never seen anything like that before, is it from being in wet conditions all the time??
         
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        08-05-2013, 12:02 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    *Subbing*
    Congrats on rescuing your OTTB - we have one (OTTB) that has flaring hooves at the front particularly - we're on a programme of regular trims but I know it'll be a while yet before they're anything like normal.
    I can't offer any advice as I follow what my farrier suggests, apart from a good feeding prgramme (maybe your vet/farrier can advise on this) and we use a Biotin supplement - we're needing trims every 6 weeks as her hooves are growing that fast so hopefully we'll have a faster result.
    Can't wait to see the end result under your care xx
         
        08-05-2013, 04:36 PM
      #23
    Foal
    Subbing as well! I'm looking forward to watching the progress these feet make! I wish you the best of luck as this is going to be one long ordeal.
         
        08-05-2013, 06:07 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Hi Megan
    Lots of good advice here. So I'm not a farrier, but am learning to trim my horses then my farrier doesn't have to come out as often and my "grow foot super fast TB" doesn't flare on me.

    You asked about transitioning to barefootedness - so happy to hear you want to go that way!! Here are my suggestions, pull those shoes and get a pair of boots. I think someone suggested Pete and / or Jamie. There are some great sites online to search for natural trimmers -hopefully your current farrier does the "natural" trim, sometimes called the mustang roll. There is a difference between a pasture trim and a natural trim - where the natural trim in my experience is much better. I just transitioned my TB from shoes to naked hooves (took almost 2 years because I didn't have the right trim). It took me three farriers before I found the right one. And since my guy grows hoof like it is going out of style, flares at 3 weeks, I had to learn how to maintain what my farrier is doing. It can be a long process to transition, but is SOOOO worth it in the end!

    Good luck and keep us posted!!
         
        08-19-2013, 06:47 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    How is she doing? What did the farrier do/say when he came?
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        08-21-2013, 04:22 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    I was looking at your pictures again and I've seen something that looks like that was a founder, and they made those vertical cuts in the wall. I wonder if someone did that to your horse?
         
        08-22-2013, 08:22 AM
      #27
    Trained
    Pfb the vertical cracks just look like stress cracks to me, which have been allowed to get worse due to inadequate care & trimming.

    No. 1 on my list would be getting the shoes(peripheral loading) off those feet & giving them a good trim. I'd bet she's got thin flat soles that need protecting & supporting too. I'd keep peripheral shoes off, for some time at least tho. No 2 - well, starting as part of the first trim - would be cleaning/resecting the cracks as necessary & assertively treating for infection. No. 3 would be a healthy, low carb diet & well balanced nutrition.
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        08-22-2013, 08:46 AM
      #28
    Green Broke
    Waiting to hear what transpired at the farrier visit-how is she doing? Have any supplements been suggested/started yet? I hope she can go barefoot again & be sound. Those are some of the worst hooves I've seen.
         
        08-22-2013, 09:56 AM
      #29
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by loosie    
    Pfb the vertical cracks just look like stress cracks to me, which have been allowed to get worse due to inadequate care & trimming.

    No. 1 on my list would be getting the shoes(peripheral loading) off those feet & giving them a good trim. I'd bet she's got thin flat soles that need protecting & supporting too. I'd keep peripheral shoes off, for some time at least tho. No 2 - well, starting as part of the first trim - would be cleaning/resecting the cracks as necessary & assertively treating for infection. No. 3 would be a healthy, low carb diet & well balanced nutrition.
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    I just saw this picture online from my friend, that had vertical cuts like that to relieve pressure on a founder. They were pretty gross.
         
        08-22-2013, 11:47 PM
      #30
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by coffinbone    
    Thank you for adopting her. You can see the pain in her eyes and in the way she's leaning back to take pressure off her toes in the first photos.

    Horrendous. The shoe may be temporarily holding the hoof wall on (another hour, another day?) but the hoof wall looks mostly detached from the coffin bone. Infection may also be an issue. The ultra long toes and flared hoof walls are further pulling the hoof wall away from any attachment inside the hoof. Structure comes from inside.

    Run, don't walk, and find the BEST, most knowledgeable hoof professional. She/he may not be close by but their travel-time charge will be worth it. Research and understand (for yourself) what the inside of that hoof looks like, take an anatomy clinic, do whatever it takes, then you can use your intuition on suggested treatments. Could take a year of really good work to grow a new hoof wall. Google and contact Jamie Jackson or Pete Ramey or another of the true, longtime professionals, send photos and get a recommendation. Many trimmers/farriers out there won't be able to handle this.

    Poor dear girl. Thank you so much for rescuing her. I am heartsick.
    This is the best advice you will ever get. This will all depend on the knowledge and skill of the farrier you choose. There are some out there...well, I won't say. Best of luck to you and your girl and please keep us posted of her progress.
         

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