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post #1 of 6 Old 06-12-2012, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Too dry or too soft?

Well, since moving to a new barn, my mare's feet have really deteriorated. They were always not so hot (tend to grow quickly, but flare/crack/break easily. I've not put shoes on her since she's not in work and was doing fine with regular trims with me touching up in between. But lately they've gotten much worse. Some farriers and vets she has seen say she needs a topical moisturizer. Some say she needs a hardener. She is and has been on a vitamin supplement as well as a hoof supplement, and according to the vet her diet is fine. I'm planning on trying shoes when the farrier comes out this week, but is there something I'm missing? Is there anything else I should try adding or changing to her routine? Thanks for any input!
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Did you change trimmer/farrier when you moved barns? How often do you go between trims?

Pics are always helpful, too
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Ah , yes, helpful information! I did switch farriers, and though my BO swears by him (and she's very picky) I'm not so sure anymore. She goes six weeks between trims, though her feet sometimes start looking rough at three to four weeks. I'll take pictures this evening :)

I'm sure she doesn't mean it, but the BO makes me feel like its my fault and I'm not doing enough. I think changing farriers May offend her (which I'm not worried about, just makes me feel bad!)
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Ah , yes, helpful information! I did switch farriers, and though my BO swears by him (and she's very picky) I'm not so sure anymore. She goes six weeks between trims, though her feet sometimes start looking rough at three to four weeks. I'll take pictures this evening :)

I'm sure she doesn't mean it, but the BO makes me feel like its my fault and I'm not doing enough. I think changing farriers May offend her (which I'm not worried about, just makes me feel bad!)
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If the most significant change since noting the deterioration has been the farrier, then the farrier is the most likely source of that change.

As to the barn owner; remember that it's almost certain she doesn't know any more about managing the equine distal limb than you do. The biggest difference is that you'll admit to it and she probably won't.

Come back with some photos and we'll talk about them.

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It sounds like it could be the way the new farrier is trimming, but I'm sure it's also not helped by the fast growth. It might be worth getting him out more frequently to see if that fixes the problem.

If you're not sure whether or not the trim job is good, you can take pictures right after he comes out and post them here for a critique. There are a few professionals that frequent this board who should be able to point out the pros/cons of the job.
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Thanks for the replies! :) I'm glad to know it might not be my fault! I forgot to take pictures last night. Unfortunately, I'm going out of the country for two weeks tomorrow, and will be unable to take pictures until my return. She is getting a trim this Thursday and I plan on getting another farrier out when I get back for another opinion. I'll also post pictures then, or try to get the BO to take some right after her trim. Thanks again!
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