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    03-26-2012, 02:29 AM
I can't afford xrays either, so I've been practicing with xray eyes instead, lol!

If you press your thumbs down on the sole around the frog apex and it gives, you've got thin sole.

Have faith in the boots. They cut transition time in half. The magic is in the padding. Or, you could dump 4'' deep pea gravel where he goes, like gateways, loafing areas, around the water trough. Excellent 4-way developer, support, thrush elimination, toughener. If he lives on the terrain he rides on, he's good to go. I'd use boots when riding for now, but would put him bare on this stuff so he could do his homework on his down time and give him every reason to move around on it. He'll forge/trim his own foot and the wear will promote growth that will get that pathology off faster with thicker soles being promoted as well.

No, two months isn't long in the scheme of things, but if you both do your homework, you'll fly forward. He'll think he has rock crushing feets and out of those boots long before a full wall length has grown down.

It's like a snowball rolling down a hill. The beginning is usually your darkest hour, but then you get rolling faster and faster. Add gravel and you can kick that snowball down the hill and with better results, cause you'll be able to ride those rocks out there with nary a thought and only booting on the longer trails as a caution.

Digital xrays are best, but expensive. The cost for this machine for the vet is downright inhibiting. If your vet has the old machine, they should be cheaper. If you don't think that there are any navicular problems, just the laterals may do.

Are there pics posted somewhere?
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    03-27-2012, 07:24 PM
So we did shots yesterday, and I opted not to do them. The vet didn't seem at all phased by my having pulled my horse's shoes which I like because it tells me he takes it on a case by case basis rather than flipping out about a shoeless TB. We agreed that, if he is still footy after growing out a new hoof capsule, then we'll do xrays.

Missy, I'll try your sole test. I was just showing the vet the concavity of his flatter foot yesterday and pushing in that very area. Sure seemed hard to me.

I'll be posting more pics in a week or so after our next trim. I'm anxious to see the before and afters myself. I have pics on another thread called 17 days (or something like that) but they are a good month old already.

My horse is walking fine by himself on any surface. He's a bit more picky when I'm on him. I'm riding in hoof boots until there becomes no more reason to do so. Unfortunately this horse has oscar winning actor talent. Two days ago he tore around the indoor ring like a lunatic only to act like he couldn't move after I added a saddle and my weight. I find it hard to thing that 135 lbs would make that much difference on a 1127 lb animal. We'll get there when we get there.
    03-27-2012, 07:51 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Unfortunately this horse has oscar winning actor talent. Two days ago he tore around the indoor ring like a lunatic only to act like he couldn't move after I added a saddle and my weight. I find it hard to thing that 135 lbs would make that much difference on a 1127 lb animal. We'll get there when we get there.
I wouldn't dismiss that at all. Horses don't lie & while there may have potentially been another reason aside from physical pain that caused his behaviour, could be learned behaviour, etc, it was something real. Perhaps he pulled something when tearing around, who knows whether it was anything to do with feet, but the saying(likely not accurate, but approximate) an ounce on the horse's back equals a pound on the feet is relevant. As you've noticed the difference in what he's comfortable walking on with or without you, your weight does matter.
    03-27-2012, 08:06 PM
The thing is, as soon as I slap those hoof boots on, he's like "oh I'm fine again". We ended up riding for a good 30 minutes with him putting in some really nice work. I'm not sure what to make of that.
    03-27-2012, 08:23 PM
How long until the hoof is too far gone?

My friend's horse was recently diagnosed with an atypical case of ringbone. The horse is 16 years old, so not really old in the whole grand scheme of things. The vet thinks the main cause is this horse's hooves are very low in the heels and the broken back pastern angle contributed to the problem. Poor guy now has arthritis and a limited riding career left.

It got me to thinking about how long any horse can go with poor trimming before it causes permanent damage. My own horse had 7 farriers over the past 5 five years before we finally found one who could properly trim a foot. He spent 8 months on average with long toes, then short toes, then underun heels, overly high heel club foot, etc. Are there any studies on how long a healthy horse can have poorly trimmed feet before it starts to cause lasting damage?
    03-27-2012, 08:25 PM
Disregard that last post...was supposed to be a new thread.

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