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    05-14-2013, 07:32 PM
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    05-14-2013, 07:34 PM
To save everyone from a million more single large photo posts ill refrain from posting the hinds but I do have photos if you'd like them later. Thanks guys!
    05-14-2013, 07:36 PM
The rest of her for good measure :)
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    05-14-2013, 07:41 PM
The pics confirm what the one farrier told you about the paper thin soles. Your horse's feet do actually look pretty good, but that suggests that's as good as it's going to get. If the soles have not gotten thicker over time, it's just not going to happen. Put shoes back on. My TB goes well in the "eventer" shoes. They are light weight and have breakover all the way around.

I tried to take my TB barefoot last year after sheer frustration of not being able to find a farrier who could trim worth a crap. Despite 6 months of very consistent trimming, proper diet and all the hand walking on flat surfaces in the world, his soles were still shy of 10mm thick. (supposedly you need over 10mm for any degree of comfort). Shoes went back on. Hinds lasted longer but only because of their more upright angle and natural concavity. After a year, shoes went back on there too. Luckily, during his barefoot period, I stumbled on a farrier who is the gold standard of good trimming, so all of my problems are now solved. I've been where you are. The soles just won't get thicker. Time to put shoes back on.
    05-14-2013, 08:34 PM
Pretty girl! Typical TB feet.
I, PERSONALLY, would take the offer and have a different trimmer evaluate and try boots. I've seen TB's with feet like that rehabbed and sound barefoot. With a good trim, good nutrition, boots when needed, turnout and patience. I said that already lol....
    05-14-2013, 10:13 PM
^Puck, I agree, nothing's likely to change in her hooves **if management doesn't change.

If the horse is kept cooped up in a stable the majority of time, this I believe is a big part of the problem. If you did very little exercise & only went bare on shagpile, you can bet your soles would stay thin & sensitive too. Possibly diet too. While the rings & flares on her feet aren't major at all, they're constant. If she's overweight or oversensitive, it may need cutting back/changing. Although that Sentinel feed looks very good, nutrition could still be an issue - OP you might want to look into FeedXL or such, to check her nutrition is right for her particular situation/diet & look into 'Magnesium4horses' too.

Good pics OP, but would be better if soles clean Her feet look pretty good actually, not what I was expecting to see. The left fore looks a little long in the toe and higher heeled. It may need to remain higher heeled than the other, if that's right for her, may always be a bit 'broken forward' at the pastern, toes will always need more attention to prevent 'running forward' but I think they can probably come down a bit & back a bit more. Right heels don't look so high, but could be brought back a bit too. The bars are overgrown/laying over & need to be trimmed substantially. Quarters are stretched all round & appears there may be some separation/infection in some. IMO they need to be trimmed at the ground surface, to sole level, then bevelled back to/near the 'white line' to relieve mechanical stress & allow a strongly connected wall to grow down.

Heels/frogs look pretty good, but will be weak. In ideal situations - think feral arid environment horse - the caudal hoof doesn't *begin* to really develop much before 4yo & in domestic, confined or overly cushy environments, it often never does to the extent that is needed for good function. So if your horse has been seriously confined & only 5yo then she hasn't had a chance to begin developing that 'baby' hoof yet.
    05-14-2013, 11:55 PM
Thanks for the great replies! I'm still debating what I should do. I'm leaning towards trying shoes back on her, farrier had suggested a light racing plate similar to what MyBoyPuck suggested. I just keep thinking back to the way her comfort and movement had really deteriorated with shoes before. Obviously, that could have been due to many different factors though.

Loosie- she actually gets a great deal of turn out, she just doesn't live out 24/7 all year round. So I'm not sure how much of a factor that is? I've definitely noticed a lot of the issues you mentioned. I wish I had before photos because they really have improved a lot, she's just still as sensitive as ever.
    05-15-2013, 03:16 PM
I thought that my horse was the only one!!!
I don't know if it exist in your place but I have (maybe) a really good solution for you!
Just to summerise, my horse has exactly the same problem, sole very thin, and "flat hoof"... I also try barehoof, but it works only on winter.
In summer I have a "plastic horseshoes"... this is very great because it protect the sole but also help it to grow because it is more flexible.
I try to get you a photo...
And I try to give him biotin... don't know if it works yet
    05-15-2013, 03:27 PM
This is very weird but...

    05-15-2013, 03:30 PM
The brand
Duplo - Plastic Horseshoes
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