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        08-23-2013, 01:52 AM
    Oh goodness, that poor girl. Take good care of her and keep us posted. I look forward to following her progress.
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        08-23-2013, 07:25 PM
    Hello everybody!
    I'm so sorry I fell off of the face of the earth after my original first postings. I've been very busy.
    First of all I'd like to thank you all again for the amazing input and advice you gave me...I truly appreciate all of the feedback you gave me!
    Hannah is doing WONDERFULLY, and flourishing after 3 weeks at my farm. Today is 3 weeks since she got off of the trailer.
    A few days after the pictures I took, the craters in her hoof walls became noticeably deeper, at which point the farrier was out to look at her and began peeling acrylic off of her hooves. The place she came from had filled her hooves in with acrylic to try and hide the horrific state they were in. The craters, however, are growing out and new healthy hoof is growing in.

    As for my farrier's advice, this is the first time I've ever posted on this forum and as I know how the internet can be, I ask that my decisions to follow his recommendations are respected. As it is my horse is doing wonderful under his care and so far his advice is working well.

    He saw her early in the week after I got her and was horrified by the state of her hooves. He said what I already knew, that is was poor nutrition accompanied by living in wet grass 24/7. Basically the equivalent of us sitting in a pool for days on end and our skin softening.
    He identified some scars on the hooves that he feels were abscesses that were untreated and left to blow through the hoof wall. At the time he saw her, he was very unhappy they had shod her with her feet in that condition, but as she is sound and comfortable and we live on land that is very rocky in some spots, he was uncomfortable removing her shoes at that point as he doesn't want to take away the something that is obviously helping her remain sound. We're allowing her to grow a little bit of healthy hoof in our VERY dry environment (gotta love NJ in the summer, for some reason it turns into a desert in my area) before he starts trimming them back.
    I did get her on a high dose biotin supplement as well as some topical treatments to prevent infection and promote healthy growth. On top of a much better feed plan. She's looking healthier all over.
    All seem to be working so far. He is keeping a close eye on her feet (we have quite a few boarders at my farm and he's there pretty frequently), and is going to let me know when he feels it's time to pull those shoes off and start getting them back to an appropriate shape and length.
    He's been working with OTTB's for years and is very confident he'll have her feet back to where they need to be within the year as long as we keep close tabs and a strict treatment going. Winter will be tough since that's when it gets wet and gross around here, but I'll be OCD about it and she'll get there. :)

    Again, thank you all for your advice. I trust my farrier as I have been told stories of him dealing with scary hooves in the past and he's been working in this area for years and years and is well known and well loved.

    Aside from that, 3 weeks later I'm madly in love with this horse! :)
        08-23-2013, 07:37 PM
    That's wonderful news, and quite frankly, seems very reasonable to me, especially given that she's not lame. Please keep us updated and get pictures when she does have the shoes off and gets her first trim with you!
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        08-23-2013, 08:21 PM
    Yes, very happy to hear you have a good farrier working on her.
        08-29-2013, 09:53 PM
    Green Broke
    Subbing.. new pictures would be nice to see:) progress report of pictures NEEDED:) lol
        08-29-2013, 11:02 PM
    Hello guys! The farrier was out today while I was at work and a good friend stood by and told me everything went well. I'll have new hoof pictures as of tomorrow! Thank you all!
        08-30-2013, 05:40 PM
    Updated photos!

    Today is 4 weeks to the day that Hannah got here.
    The farrier was out yesterday and pleased with her progress.
    I'm attaching 4 photos. The crevices that were in her hooves actually are still deeper than these pictures show. The lighting in the barn wasn't cooperating with me today.
    The farrier's only concern is that he feels some of the cracks are going to always be there no matter what we do because he suspects multiple abscesses were allowed to go long enough to come through the hoof wall.
    But, for 4 weeks into having her, I think they've come a long way. I have to keep reminding myself it's only been a month and I need to be patient and diligent with her feet and we will get there even if it takes a while for healthy hoof to take over.

    Now my fun story for the day.
    I brought little miss mare in to tack her up, and I had stopped to pick up a new half pad on my way to the barn, which was packaged in a plastic bag. I (without thinking), picked the half pad up and started unwrapping it as I walked out of the tack room into the barn aisle. Well, someone doesn't like plastic. She snorted when she saw it, so I stopped dead, and started talking nice to her. No go, as soon as I moved an inch (wouldn't have mattered which way I went), she half reared and ran back. I was right under where the cross tie was attached to the wall and she was pulling so hard I knew they were coming off, so I ducked the other way so as not to get slammed in the head with the metal (yep, it's happened before), as she whipped both cross ties off the wall, and turned tail and ran. After a little game of catch me if you can, we got back in the barn and as I went to tack her up, she swung to bite me. Turns out little miss mare has a sore back now from getting back into work. So now we need a saddle fitting and chiro appt! WOOHOO for getting a horse! Lol :)
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        08-30-2013, 05:41 PM
    Green Broke
    HOly cow. Those hooves.. look better.. way better IMO
        08-30-2013, 07:46 PM
    Originally Posted by barrelbeginner    
    HOly cow. Those hooves.. look better.. way better IMO
    I'm SO glad to hear you say that. Looking at them side by side with the old pictures they look so much better and I was hoping I wasn't just being too optimistic!
        08-30-2013, 08:23 PM
    I am a little surprised that your farrier wasn't more aggressive about taking off some of the flare/damage at the bottom to keep it from affecting the new growth or the cracks continuing to spread. How often are you planning on having her feet done?

    Comparing the first set of pictures and those you posted today, you can clearly see the new growth at the top trying to grow in properly and straight, which is huge! It seems like she's growing hoof pretty quickly too just from how much new growth there is in just four weeks, which is wonderful. I think you have a really good chance that most, if not all of this will grow out properly with good care and good nutrition. Good luck on the training- sounds like she's feeling good enough to let you know what she thinks of things, lol!
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