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post #1 of 3 Old 01-12-2012, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Not much foot left?

I had my farrier out yesterday to give my boys a trim, and he gave me a comment on my 5 year old that I didn't quite understand. I was going to ask him about it, and if there was anything I could do to help fix it, but he started talking about movies, and once he starts he's very hard to stop.

Anyways, if I remember correctly, he said that my horses front right hoof didn't have much left to it. He had only trimmed the toe and a bit of the heel to even it out, but didn't want to take too much off. He's sound and I can ride him fine, but is tender on rocks. The farrier said I had to be careful with him or he'd need shoes on the front hooves.

Since we live in a rocky place I usually shoe him Spring- fall so I can trail ride without worrying about him being bruised. Would adding a hoof suppliment help? What did he mean by "there is little foot left?"

I am kicking myself for not asking, before our half hour long discussion on LOTR.

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Obviously he's been wearing his feet down. Your description sounds like when my QH threw a shoe in SD, and his hoof wore down to almost nothing before I could reshoe. Do what you need to do. =D
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Anyways, if I remember correctly, he said that my horses front right hoof didn't have much left to it. He had only trimmed the toe and a bit of the heel to even it out, but didn't want to take too much off. He's sound and I can ride him fine, but is tender on rocks. The farrier said I had to be careful with him or he'd need shoes on the front hooves.
Could mean a number of things, but I'm guessing he meant there was not a lot of excess wall length to trim?? Pics would help give more than a guess.

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Since we live in a rocky place I usually shoe him Spring- fall so I can trail ride without worrying about him being bruised. Would adding a hoof suppliment help?
If your horse is sensitive over rocks, conventional rims without pads will not protect him from getting bruised soles, but it will help him feel it less. If you want to protect & strengthen his feet, I think hoof boots are generally a better alternative.

Well balanced nutrition is indeed important to hoof health. After all, you can't make a great cake without the right amounts of the right ingredients. Domestic horses being restricted & fed what we give them are generally deficient &/or imbalanced in a range of nutrients, so yes, supplementation can be important, whether a particular 'hoof supp' fits the bill or something else. Depends what's in his diet currently as to what he may need.
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