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post #1 of 12 Old 08-20-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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to shoe or not to shoe

Quick info: I adopted my mustang she is 8 and I was told she foundered 30 days before I bought her so they put shoes on her. She is sensitive to rocks but shows no lameness. She is still a little overweight. She is due for a trim but what is your guys opinion shoes or no shoes

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-20-2012, 07:59 PM
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Ask your farrier, he will tell you what he recommends.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-21-2012, 03:50 AM
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No shoes *generally*. That's NOT to say necessarily keeping her bare without protection/support if needed.

I don't think metal rims are the Worst Thing On Earth, but I think due to the way they work, horses are *generally* better off without them. Especially when they have compromised/sick feet. Especially in cases of founder, where I believe further loading the walls when the laminae has already been severely stressed is not helpful and can make matters worse.

I'd be keeping shoes off her, keeping her well & frequently trimmed, to ensure balance and that the walls are *relieved* from active weightbearing. I'd protect her feet & support her soles when/where necessary with hoof boots or such. I'd also endevour to get her weight down, keep it down & greatly restrict any sugary/starchy feed - this may include grass/hay if it's the 'improved' cattle fattening type.

hoofrehab.com barehoofcare.com & safergrass.org & ecirhorse.com are a few good websites to start you off learning more.
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Ask your farrier and your vet. They will give you better advice than the internet people blind to your horse's anatomy and needs.

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^^Assuming they're knowledgeable of the pros & cons of ALL approaches. Unfortunately many still aren't though.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-21-2012, 04:48 AM
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True.. so many farriers I've met that are just... feet butchers. Sheesh...

But, still. They are professionals, so it's good to get all sorts of advice to make your decision.

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-21-2012, 10:50 AM
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I would generally opt for no shoes and some sort of protective boot (EZ boot, etc.) when riding or going over rocky terrain.
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-21-2012, 01:07 PM
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When the farrier comes, have s/he pull the shoes and do the trim. Walk the horse a bit to determine if still tender footed. Discuss the options with the person actually in front of the horse.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-22-2012, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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thanks I have been reading up on it but as much as I try horse feet confuse me. I will never be a farrier. I have just gotten my mare and have been called a farrier that was very gentle with her that I liked so hopefully he can get out to her very soon

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-27-2012, 12:28 PM
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Is your mare turned out much of the time or in a stall? Does she have more of a "natural pasture" (varied terrain, including rocks and hardpacked dirt or more of a flat, grassy pasture)? These factors CAN PLAY a big part in the ultimate decision to shoe or not...How badly did she founder 30 days before you got her? Rotation of the coffin. bone? I agree that hooves are VERY COMPLICATED to learn, anatomy and physiology speaking (@ least for ME, AND I spend a LOT OF TIME TRYING!!)...I feel your confusion!

I'll read your answers and offer the small advice I have...some things have less to do with your horses feet and more with her living situation and schedule/feed/etc...thus SOME ?'s CAN be initially begun to be addressed via internet forum...those unrelated to HER MEDICAL ISSUES, @ least!

Best to you! B2H. :0)

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