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    01-24-2014, 02:34 PM
Whoa, yep she needs professional trimming in an ASAP way. To get those cracks healed right its going to take time, but I bet with one good session you'll see a world of difference. Do your research and try to find the best in your area.

Good luck with her, keep us updated!
If you have any questions about nutritional care, mare/foal advice please feel free to ask! No shame in doing a good deed, many of us have been where you are, unfortunately...
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    01-24-2014, 05:11 PM
If you are unsure, of course, don't do too much without a professional, but if you have a good idea what you're on about, you will see there is a LOT you can safely nip off in the meantime. That will help reduce the chance of further damage before the farrier gets there.

I advise you definitely DO NOT want to use a 'hoof conditioner'. Hoof goops do little if anything at all for the health of hooves. Hooves are meant to be dry, not 'moisturised', but also, especially with those cracks, applying topical goop will just increase the likelihood/degree of infection, by creating a nicer environment for it to thrive.

These hooves are also telling me the horse is crying out for good nutrition. Especially as she's in foal, get her onto a good 'ration balancer' or such ASAP.

Be interested to see some 'after' shots.
    01-24-2014, 05:52 PM
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Ditto every single word Loosie said. A lot can be taken off now. Those cracks are from her trying to self trim. For not being trimmed for two years, they could definitely be a lot worse. Trust me, I know. If you could get a picture of her soles, we could show you roundabout where it would be safe to trim her to if you don't want to wait for the farrier. And definitely no conditioners or anything. They will seal in bacteria in those cracks and make infection just that much easier. Good luck on getting a healthier momma and an easy foaling.
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    01-24-2014, 10:11 PM
Heh, her previous owner just keeps on losing credibility...
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    01-24-2014, 10:25 PM
I also agree with loosie, you don't have to be an expert to take a pair of nippers and knock off some of the excess wall to help releive the pressure and minimize further damage.

That poor thing, in addition to the lack of hoof care and obvious nutritional deficiencies, I'd bet my right arm she's probably got a lot of WLD too.

It will take a fair bit of time, but I don't see anything that she can't come back from. After she's sound and comfortable on those feet, then you can start from the beginning and just see where her training is at. She may end up being a stellar riding horse.
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    01-24-2014, 10:58 PM
This horse I feel is a diamond in the rough. She was sold as a 3 year old for so big bucks well over 30 thousand. So someone saw something in her. I have her on some good fresh food it is made here in town. I am also going to get her on a supplement to help her through the end of her pregnancy and nursing. I was going to breed her with my trainers stud but I am going to wait till she is 100% better and maybe she just might has a show career. My daughter needs a show horse I have a 5 gaited horse.
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    01-25-2014, 03:35 PM
I'd love to see a whole-body pic of her. Poor thing, she must be thrilled that someone's paying attention to her at last. Good on you!
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    01-25-2014, 06:10 PM
If the farrier can even just get her foot up forward on a post stand he or she can rasp the edges and clean them up for now then do a better trim after she foals.

BE CAREFUL in getting too aggressive in trimming heavily pregnant mares hooves when the hoovers look like this because with that much flare and stuff it is possible he has had laminitis in the past and because of the stage of pregnancy will be subject to it again. So DO NOT take too much hoof especially sole at this time . Just get the edges cleaned up and the toe flare rasped back.
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    01-25-2014, 06:38 PM
Subbing to this. I want to follow the progress on this mare and her foal.
    01-25-2014, 08:15 PM
Have the farrier trim her before she gives birth...Make sure your farrier is good with problem this only farrier available? Talk to your vet about the drug/ situation and then go from there.

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