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    04-29-2013, 02:08 PM
Green Broke
I wouldn't put shoes on her just because her feet are soft. She may have other issues that shoes would make worse. You really need to find out what she is being fed and by the weight, not the scoop.

If gravel makes indents on the hooves that doesn't seem to be right. You really need to post more pictures. We need to see the outside of the hoof not just the underside, also full body shots with the horse as squared up as you can get her.

Oh and Loosie I had no idea detergent soap and dish soap were two different things. I always used the terms as one in the same. So that is good to know. Is that why Dawn is used? Because it's a soap and not a detergent?
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    04-29-2013, 11:31 PM
I don't think shoes are a good option for unhealthy try hoof boots maybe.

Iam going with hoof boots not much choice without a farrier once again. Guess we will have to see what her feet look like when pics are posted. Don't think shoes are the answer though so iam learning.
    04-30-2013, 01:33 AM
Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Oh and Loosie I had no idea detergent soap and dish soap were two different things. I always used the terms as one in the same. So that is good to know. Is that why Dawn is used? Because it's a soap and not a detergent?
Have no idea about that brand but no, in my neck of the woods, 'dish soap' is detergent.
    05-01-2013, 01:03 PM
I'm not going to put shoes on her until everything with her feet is resolved. I'm not an idiot. The indents are on the underside of her hoof not the walls. I'll be home tonight and at the barn tomorrow so ill post pics tomorrow night. Farrier is coming Friday afternoon.
    05-01-2013, 01:55 PM
Green Broke
No one said you were an idiot, I figured you ment the indents are on the sole not the walls which is why it is an issue. Honestly I perfer a barefoot horse, my horse is shod only because she is ridden 6-7 days a week and we do a lot of trails that might have rough terrain. If I didn't ride so often I wouldn't put shoes on her. What I'm getting at is why do you want shoes on her? Depending what she has going on it might be a few months before her feet are "fixed".
    05-02-2013, 02:04 PM
I barrel race and there are rocks in the arena at my barn, and lots of gravel roads. I can see her flinch every time she walks on gravel. I also ride 4-5 times a week and the trails here are a bit treacherous too. And I'm not sure if her discomfort is just because of the thrush or if it is really an issue.

When I had her before I kept her barefoot for most of the year, just put shoes on her in the summer during show season.
    05-02-2013, 02:09 PM
Green Broke
Shoes will not protect from rocks. You will need some kind of pad to do that. But thrush can make them very ouchie and even lame if left to get bad enough. I would reccomend boots for her. At least for now, see if that helps. You want to measure for boots after a good trim, so after her feet are fixed and where they should be.
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    05-08-2013, 11:04 AM
So just as an update for everyone:

Farrier came and said the degree on her trim was almost at 60 but he cut her down to 55/56, trying to bring her closer to the 50 degree mark. He said he didn't see any thrush when he trimmed her, so whatever I've been doing must've worked. I switched from the 50/50 to tea tree oil, since they had it at buy one get one at CVS. He did say her soles are a little soft, and suggested I used a 50/50 mix of alcohol and iodine. I'm buying it today, but since it's raining I'll wait until it dries up to use it. Or should I use it now?

Overall I have definitely seen an improvement in the way she moves and puts her feet, even if she was a bit sore from the trim the first few days. I'll ride her hopefully Friday and see how she does.

Thanks for everything everyone!
    05-08-2013, 11:09 AM
Green Broke
Never heard of the alcohol and iodine but I usually hear sugardine recommended. Just mix sugar with iodine and paint it on the bottoms. And yes it always works out that the thrush is gone by the time the farrier gets there. Happens all the time to me, I'm pretty sure my farrier thinks I'm crazy. If the ground is pretty wet that in itself can make the soles soft.
    05-08-2013, 02:28 PM
This is the first time it rained in a few weeks. Like REALLY rained. It drizzled for a couple of days last week, but not a torrential downpour like it has been last night and today. If it clears up a bit I'll go today.

What kind of iodine did you buy? 1% or a mix? I'm not exactly sure what to look for...

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