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post #11 of 64 Old 09-03-2013, 07:56 PM
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^^& hasn't been done well in a while. OP, as others have said, overdue for a good trim. Long heels & bars, stretched toes, etc. Be interested to see post trim pics & could give a more worthwhile critique.
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post #12 of 64 Old 09-05-2013, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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I will post pics after he is trimmed (which will be tues, soonest the farrier can get out). Hate to wait soo long, but from all the recommendations I have received, and the warnings against others, he is the best that is available. The one I really wanted to use is not accepting new clients atm.
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This poor horse is an example of why I cringe every time someone says "why don't you just trim your horse yourself?" There is an art to making a healthy hoof and though some people do a great job of home trims, many people don't. Not everyone can jump in and be a doctor and not everyone can jump in and be a farrier or rather a good farrier. I guess anyone CAN trim a hoof but then you often get hooves that look like this poor horse.

I think that it will be a relatively easy fix as soon as you get a good farrier on them but balance is everything. A lot of home jobs leave the horse running around with unbalanced, or poor angles on the feet. Kind of like expecting someone to walk around in one foot in a tennis shoe that is too small and the other foot in a high heel shoe. Balance is way off and it makes for issues.

I hope you can find a skilled professional to help your horse out. When one finds a good farrier, they are worth their weight in gold. I feel bad for those that have a hard time finding one. I might go to a show barn in your area and find out who they use. Hauling your horse to the barn to have your horse trimmed is sometimes an option as well if that farrier won't come out to your place. Good Luck.
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post #14 of 64 Old 09-05-2013, 11:58 PM
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Definitely needs a good trim - and from the looks of it there's been some thrush going on in the past (channels are deep beside the frog). The topside indicates some real dryness that has started the hoof to peel upwards. Some good hoof oil should help with that (I only recommend spreading the oil around the top of the hoof near the coronet so the natural moisture can still get in)
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post #15 of 64 Old 09-08-2013, 02:00 AM
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My filly came w feet as bad or worse. She had no training, I couldn't get her to lift her feet more than a few seconds. I jumped up and down and got a farrier asap, he did pretty well and I was sooo relieved. One good trim will not make them "perfect"..that will take a bit of time and diligence, but it will greatly improve them and get them "on their way". It can be addressed. It is nice he will get the care he deserves.

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post #16 of 64 Old 09-10-2013, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Pics after trim:

Left front:







Right front:







Front legs:

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post #17 of 64 Old 09-10-2013, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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and back feet:

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Hind and side views:





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post #18 of 64 Old 09-10-2013, 07:58 PM
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Looking much better. Is he moving normal/better?
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post #19 of 64 Old 09-10-2013, 07:58 PM
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It is an improvement. I hesitate to say anything about the balance b/c it could be the angle of the photo and not "true", it just appears as if he is a bit higher on the inside on some feet, and the outside on the others.
If it were me, I would have asked the farrier what their long term objective was and their plan for getting there.
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post #20 of 64 Old 09-10-2013, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Pics probably are not exactly even, sorry. I was taking these by myself, and the only level flat place I have is on the road. I took pics of his feet there, and did the side views, and soles while he was tied by the fence in my yard.

Farrier didn't wanna take too much off at once, but I think they look alot better than they did. He still seems a lil off to me, DHW, but I could be wrong. I will have the vet check him if he still does not seem right when I get him gelded. I may try to get a video tomorrow. It is more at the walk than the trot or canter I notice it. I can also try to get better pics when I have someone there to hold him.
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