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post #1 of 31 Old 02-27-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on her feet (lots of pics)

i just brought this pony home on friday so please don't get mad at me for the condition she's in. i'm looking for any feedback/thoughts/advice/etc on how her feet look and what you would do with them now and going forward.

for reference, she is a coming 17yr old Appaloosa mare, approximately 14.2hh. i'm not sure of her weight currently as she's so far under the weight/muscle i'd like to see her at.

















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post #2 of 31 Old 02-27-2012, 03:50 PM
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I am not a hoof expert but whoa. They arent shaped well, and they have very sharp edges. They look to be very short in the toe. Again, i am no expert, thats just what my untrained eye sees
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[I will preface my opinion by pointing out that I have no special training on hoof care, just my limited experience and research.] They certainly could use some attention, but I've seen worse starting points. They look pretty healthy all the way around, just seems like they've been left to wear on their own and are a bit out of balance.

Both front hooves look to have a bit of a contracted heel, with the left worse than the right. The front left also looks like it's a little bit off, but I can't pin down just what it is.

Get a good trimmer or farrier started on her and she should look better in no time
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Only have time for a short response.

Looking at the solar views as compared the other photos, one would almost think they were looking at two different horses.

This horse is base narrow in the hinds, less so in the forelimbs. The result is the flaring you see on the lateral side of each hoof. The problem is particularly pronounced on the left fore and left hind. I would expect to see distortion of the whiteline and possible separation between sole and wall, particularly on the left fore.

There appears to be a lot of unexfoliated solar material, indicated by the deep collateral commissure depth and heel length.

Removing that material should be done cautiously given the terrain visible in the photos. I'd be inclined to shoe this horse to avoid any sensitive post-trim problems.

This horse presents upright pasterns, exaggerated by the heel length and hoof capsule conformation. He'll be choppy at the jog/lope.

He's loading excessively at the anterior aspect of the foot, dragging the capsule forward. This d/p distortion is evident when viewed in terms of the widest part of the foot (it's too far forward). The problem is a consequence of his current, upright conformation. Bringing the base of support palmar/plantar will help correct some of that problem.

Your farrier will want to address the lateral distortion, d/p distortion, excess solar material and heel length then will probably apply shoes to afford the horse short term protection and enhance load balance. Nothing fancy here but it is a situation where the inexperienced practitioner could get themselves in trouble.

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I agree w/ Mark though in far fewer word than even his "short" response.

Laminitis in the past would also be a concern given the sole depth at the point of the frog and the color of the sole in the front feet.

For all your farrier needs, GET BNT!
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some of that was way over my head! i do appreciate your time to write it out though. my usual farrier has retired (BOO!!!) so i'm on the hunt for a new one which is disheartening as most farriers around here do stuff like this - what you see her feet looking like now. :(

a woman who lives in the same valley rides endurance (Tevis, etc.) so hopefully i can see about using her farrier. we shall see.

any other thoughts are appreciated as well!
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some of that was way over my head! i do appreciate your time to write it out though. my usual farrier has retired (BOO!!!) so i'm on the hunt for a new one which is disheartening as most farriers around here do stuff like this - what you see her feet looking like now. :(

a woman who lives in the same valley rides endurance (Tevis, etc.) so hopefully i can see about using her farrier. we shall see.

any other thoughts are appreciated as well!
If any of what I wrote is over the head of any farrier candidate you should engage, consider another candidate.

Cheers,
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In all honesty, myself and most farriers I know understand what that means, we just don't use veterinary terms with customers because they don't have a clue what we're saying
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In all honesty, myself and most farriers I know understand what that means, we just don't use veterinary terms with customers because they don't have a clue what we're saying
i should hope any farrier worth their pay would understand it as well. that doesn't mean that the rest of us always understand all of it. that's all i was saying.

i'm actually pretty certain i have a better than general knowledge of hoof care/balance/etc. but i'm always looking to learn more. the key to learning is having something put to you in a way you can understand it. wouldn't you want your clients to know and understand more? i'd think it would make life easier for everyone. *shrug*
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