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post #11 of 19 Old 08-10-2013, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Yes..a dapple gray..and what is funny is that two horses I already vetted (that didn't vet) and every horse I had looked at with any interest prior were all chestnuts :). Thought for sure a chestnut was in my future but if this guy vets, looks like I will have my very first gray.

He looks like he needs weight but what he actually needs is muscling along his topline and rump. He just hasn't been worked to any great degree in the last year or so.

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post #12 of 19 Old 08-10-2013, 01:51 PM
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Wow, his coat color is to die for. I always, always wanted a grey but somehow never got one. Yeah, w a little muscling here and there and toning/thickening in his neck - he will be a stunner! I hope you get him, you will have to keep us posted. :)

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post #13 of 19 Old 08-13-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Update: horse was vetted today and he did react to hoof testers on both of those front feet..he was also "ouchy" on the left front in a trot around (couldn't lunge due to weather and lack of a regular ring..place is a new barn and ring hasn't been setup as yet)..horse was trotted out on hard asphalt. X-rays on both fronts were clean (very very minor navicular changes in one and consistent with age of horse..the vet had to blow up the image to about 500% to even see it). Vet was was 99.75% sure ouchiness was related to hoof condition and recommended glue on shoes or hoof boots for about 4 months to allow hoof to grow and wall to re-establish itself. There were some other minor findings but the horse x-rayed clean with the exception of the navicular changes and possibly a repaired OCD lesion in one hock.

Question...has anyone used or are using these glue on versions? From what I am reading the glue on would be preferable to hoof boots due to the long term requirement.
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Addendum..the positive reaction to the hoof testers was on the outside wall.
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So...drum roll...have you decided? I have never used glue ons. I am sure someone that has will soon chime in. Hoof boots, if kept clean, are easy enough to manage. You positively have to take them off once a day and clean them. That isn't any big task.

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I'm about to be using glue-ons. Hoof boots are not too bad if you see your horse every day. He might not even need those for turnout/full time wear after a few weeks with a good trim. Choose your hoof boots for turnout wisely, though. I have torn up a pair of easyboot gloves, and they can rub. I know this is a problem with several of the boot models meant for riding. There's a brand of boots called "soft ride" that are supposed to be for turnout. I was looking in to them for my chronic laminitic, but the vet is putting her in glue-ons instead. I thought they looked good, and might work well for what you want.

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So...drum roll...have you decided? .
I am still waiting on my vet's final look at the x-rays and PPE report before committing but it looks good; he couldn't do the exam as it was out of their work area but a PPE is a PPE..and radiographs don't lie.

After thinking on it, and researching things, for a LONG time last night, I am more inclined towards the shoes vice the boots. I think in this horse's case the glue "build" on the hoof will help more than the natural process of being inside the boot. It also will keep me from being paranoid if I can't make it down to the barn for one reason or another which does crop up occasionally. The barn crew would remove and put on the boot, that I know, but they won't clean them.

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I am still waiting on my vet's final look at the x-rays and PPE report before committing but it looks good; he couldn't do the exam as it was out of their work area but a PPE is a PPE..and radiographs don't lie.

After thinking on it, and researching things, for a LONG time last night, I am more inclined towards the shoes vice the boots. I think in this horse's case the glue "build" on the hoof will help more than the natural process of being inside the boot. It also will keep me from being paranoid if I can't make it down to the barn for one reason or another which does crop up occasionally. The barn crew would remove and put on the boot, that I know, but they won't clean them.
Well, I hope you get him! How exciting!

Just food for thought. I had a mare I had boot for several weeks. She went from soft sandy ground to solid rocks and didn't transition as well as the others. She eventually did transition and never had another problem. I live in an arid area. I took them off each day to inspect/clean. There was rarely anything in there to "clean" out, most often it was a tiny amount of dirt (more like "dust") that I just "knocked" out. So, depending on his environment - I thought I would just throw that out there b/c in my case, it rarely required more effort than to remove them, inspect and knock them out, and put them back on.

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Finally heard back from my vet..he had me on pins and needles all day, but, all systems are GO.
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