NOTE: This is not my horse. My friend inherited this horse from her friend in this condition. I and my farrier are doing them a favor by working on this horse. I will not respond to any flaming about his situation. I'm posting this here to learn and to help others learn as well.
Anyways, this is Rebel. He is a little cutie patootie who is definitely not in the best condition. I'm helping out my family friend that I've known for a decade. I have not, for one second, done anything not under the direction of my farrier. I was in constant contact with him the whole 2 1/2 hours I was working on Rebel. I myself didn't have much confidence in being able to tackle this problem. I am just barely beginning to "apprentice" under my farrier and he trusted me to take this on, and will be helping my every step of the way in getting Rebel looking as normal as he can. I hope this journal becomes a miracle case. I already know he's lost probably half his coffin bone in all feet with such compromised hooves. But that does not mean we can't make him comfortable for the rest of his days. He is already walking much much better and I am apprehensive to see the final product.
Here's our patient. Isn't he adorable? :) 001-1.mp4 Video by Shiinohi | Photobucket
Here we are with a video beforehand. Yes, I am in my pajamas. Yes, they have penguins on them. I wanted to be comfortable(I was sitting on a mat for 2 1/2 hours doing this) because I knew it would take a while and wanted to keep my legs clean of dirt but also wear something I didn't mind getting dirty.
An overall shot. The tips of these hooves were hard as rock. I forgot a saw so had to use my nippers to take everything off. I thought I was going to break my nippers on the RF that curls.
Getting down to the nitty gritty. I sat on a cheap little mat and just nipped away from the ground. Standing three legged was painful for him and I could not see any indications of where I should stop from the bottom of his hooves anyways.
One down, three to go. You can see the curl on his RF.
The outside heel curled under and was pressing against his sole. I swear he breathed a sigh of relief as I cut the curl away from his sole.
His RH. I feel so so so bad about this foot. The little cuts were where I attempted to cut, but I quicked him. Poor guy, I'm still beating myself up over it. I had no idea his live sole had grown out that far. But the cut stopped bleeding within minutes and we applied iodine to the cut. My farrier was very sympathetic with me and said it happens with such long feet. Still doesn't help me feel better though LOL
The inside of one of his hinds, I believe his LH.
Much better! I trimmed up his LF a bit more after this picture.
Again, trimmed his LH up more after this pic. I was very hesitant about taking off more hoof after nicking him on his RH. I did not want a repeat so I basically took off coconut shavings and stopped where I felt it was very close to his RH. 457.mp4 Video by Shiinohi | Photobucket
And here we are afterwards, 2 1/2 hours later. I'm sure it's a brand new feeling for him. As you can see, he's not used to his new breakover and was highstepping like he was before to get his feet up off the ground.
This is where we stopped for the day. He was done and I was done. I was pretty disheartened after nicking him but everyone keeps telling me I should be proud of myself. But I don't think so! ;P So he'll be getting used to his new feet for the next week or so before I start bring his heels back and slowly getting his feet where he should be. I'll update this journal each time I work on him.
If anyone has any opinions on how to help get his feet in better shape, I'm all ears! How would you bring those heels back? What do you think his internal structure looks like? I'm going to be heavily relying on my farrier from here on out. This was the easy part, and I do not trust myself to continue without his constant guidance.