Possible Hoof Problem - Pictures - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 12-31-2009, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 164
• Horses: 2
Possible Hoof Problem - Pictures

I have these two pictures of Smoke's left hind hoof here. I just noticed the other day when I went to work with him. (He's boarded) It's usually difficult to mess with his back feet, but we've been sorting it out. Anyway, I noticed this peculiar curve, and the rest of his hoof was not clearing out and coming clean. I didn't mess with it any further for fear of hurting him. I've been annoyed with the current farrier because I've been asking for his feet to be trimmed for weeks now, and never has it taken this long.
I know his back feet sorta grow funny, but the other one isn't like this. Is there something wrong or am I just being paranoid?



I would rather stand near the birds, than spend my whole life wishing I had wings.
Phantom Legacy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 12-31-2009, 11:15 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 130
• Horses: 6
ok I would get a vet or farrier to come and have a look at him......have you been riding him often/hard recently? Do you shod him? Has he had feet problems before?.....take these questions into consideration but it could just be something that will grow out....my horse chester's frog will break off when its mucky outside or he has to be in the stall(we just finished the stall all it has is concrete and a 1" mat)

My advise is call a vet or farrier.....if his trimming/shoeing coming up soon? If so I would ask the farrier then

~~God took southern heart, blew His breath on it and created the horse~~
Ponies4Paige is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 12-31-2009, 11:18 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: New York
Posts: 75
• Horses: 3
Hard to tell. A good trim is in order (like you mentioned), it may just be some flaking frog area that can be cleaned up with the hoof knife. I wouldn't worry about it too much. Try to get your farrier to come or perhaps look around for a new one?

"Anything forced or misunderstood can never be beautiful." -Xenophon
KristinJ is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 12-31-2009, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 164
• Horses: 2
He was supposed to be trimmed last month, that is what has me so frustrated. I'm going back over to the barn today or tomorrow, so I'll be able to see if his hooves were trimmed and hopefully ask someone there. He's only shod on his front end, and no he's never been lame. We don't ride very hard, and because of weather conditions I'm only able to see him once a week at this time. He is a stallion so he's stalled right now until spring when the pasture is divided up for him.

EDIT:

I'd like to get a new one, but right now it's hard to find another one in my area. This one lives right on the property of the boarding facility, which is why I'm finding it so irritating that he's yet to trim his feet. Boarders take priority in my opinion. I'll make a big fuss if they're not trimmed when I go back.

I would rather stand near the birds, than spend my whole life wishing I had wings.
Phantom Legacy is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 12-31-2009, 11:25 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a land far far away, or so I wish.
Posts: 12,825
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phantom Legacy View Post
He was supposed to be trimmed last month, that is what has me so frustrated. I'm going back over to the barn today or tomorrow, so I'll be able to see if his hooves were trimmed and hopefully ask someone there.
Do you not pay for your farrier work? How would you not know if he was done or not?
Alwaysbehind is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 12-31-2009, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 164
• Horses: 2
I pay ahead of time since I cannot always be there. When I see his feet need trimmed I will pay him, get a receipt, and then he'll do them within the next week. He's only home Monday - Wednesday.

I would rather stand near the birds, than spend my whole life wishing I had wings.
Phantom Legacy is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 12-31-2009, 11:54 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Butler County, Pennsylvania
Posts: 17
• Horses: 0
Where are you located in Pennsylvania?
garysheets is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 01-01-2010, 12:04 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,009
• Horses: 24
I would really start looking for another farrier. It is poor business practice to neglect your good paying customers.

As for the hoof, has it always grown like that or has this just developed since the lack of farrier?

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
smrobs is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 01-02-2010, 05:52 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 12,546
• Horses: 0
Of course without seeing it first hand, it's hard to say for sure, but just looks like overgrown, unshed frog to me. If you were to clean/scrape out his feet before taking the pics it would help too. He just looks way overdue for a trim but also has long & underslung heels. I doubt they would have become like that by only 10-12 weeks from the last *good* trim. **If it's what it appears to me*, I would just pare that flap - and any other loose bits - off the frog with a knife or nips.

While I'm not condoning the farrier's lack of apparent responsibility, remember it is christmas & he may not be working ATM. I would not like to judge him based just upon this information, but I would be looking to educate yourself, so you can better judge whether he's doing an adequate job or not. Hoofrehab.com is a great place to start.
loosie is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Your thoughts on a chronic hoof problem? Indyhorse Hoof Care 29 12-07-2009 02:27 AM
Knee or hoof problem. Opinions PLEASE!! redneckprincess70 Horse Health 13 09-16-2009 05:28 PM
Before and After Hoof Pictures Horsegma Hoof Care 23 02-07-2009 01:40 AM
Hoof Problem...Got ideas? justice Hoof Care 15 06-30-2008 11:00 AM
Hoof Problem Jumpit007 Horse Health 0 10-23-2007 08:46 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome