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post #1 of 5 Old 09-25-2012, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Is there anything else I can do to help prevent my horse from future hoof issues?

Little Rosie has had quite a few hoof problems in the past. She foundered in 2007 but has made a full recovery and is always barefoot (unless shoes are needed for health purposes). A few years ago, after she came back from other people who had her, she had abcesses in all four hooves. Both these have happened before I got her. Finally, last September she had white line separation. She has fully recovered from all of these and now has healthy, strong feet without shoes and is also in regular work (including trail rides).

One of my biggest concerns for her is that she doesn't end up with future hoof issues like what she's already gone through. She's checked over daily, hooves picked out at least once a day, we keep an eye on her grain intake, and I don't put any hoof oil or dressing on her (except for shows). Is there anything else I can do?
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What else can you do? First & foremost, most importantly, keep educating yourself about hoof health & function. Hoofrehab.com is a great, comprehensive resource. If the horse 'foundered' due to grass &/or being overweight, look very carefully into diet, poss get her tested for IR, don't feed her any grain or sweets. www.ecirhorse.com & Katy Watts | Safergrass.org are 2 good resources on that note.

Keep her well & frequently trimmed - little & often is best, doing it frequently enough to *keep* the hooves in reasonable form, rather than wait for them to overgrow before 'correcting'.

If you would like any specific advice, some more info on her, her management, diet, etc & hoof pics(see link below) would be helpful.
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I can definitely give more info on her - she's a 15 year old Arabian, her management is generally 24/7 turnout during summer months, currently getting grain twice a day, ridden for 45-60 minutes about 2-4 times a week at the moment, and will occasionally get ventipulmin as she has RAO/heaves. She is regularly trimmed as well. I will get hoof pictures when I get out to the barn tomorrow.
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OK, 24/7 turnout is great & I'd keep her that way, although if grass is rich/horse overweight you may have to restrict. Grain & other high starch ingredients aren't the best for horses & need to be fed little & often, not over only a meal or 2 daily, to minimisie 'side effects'. But I'd reconsider giving her any grain or such at all, particularly as she's foundered before. Is she overweight?
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No, she is not overweight at all. The only reason that she is getting grain at the moment is because we took her to a show about a month ago and she dropped quite a bit of weight (we assume it was internal stress), enough that she was off of work for 3-4 weeks, and we gave her grain to get weight back on her. She's fine now, currently at a healthy weight. I do currently have hoof photos that I'll get up here in a minute.
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