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post #1 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Wearing out the toe. What to do?

Friend of mine has OTTB with the old injury. The injury doesn't cause any pain or discomfort (she had vet to rule out what is going on), however he drags one of his hind feet wearing out the toe a lot (almost up to the white line).

Her farrier put the shoes on his back feet, however it didn't seem to solve the issue. Next step farrier suggested is to put a big clip on shoe on that problem hoof.

So my question is will that clip help at all? Is there anything else can be done to protect the toe and help it grow some? May be using epoxy or something? (I know nothing when it comes to shoeing or protecting)

I plan to ask my farrier as well, but I won't see him till Sept (he'll be out of town for quite some time).

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 08:40 AM
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Maybe a bell boot?
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Maybe a bell boot?
DA, I doubt it. Bell boots don't really cover the toe, and if too long I'm afraid he'd pull it off. She was thinking about riding in Easyboot on top of the shoe, but to me it doesn't sound like a good idea.

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Let him wear it down till it hurts, I imagine he'll learn to stop.

Seriously though I imagine if he could he would. I let the farrier keep trying the clip sounds like it would help. Is he dragging the foot the whole way forward or only right at break over. Pain or not sounds like it may be time to retire him from riding.
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toe dragging

If he's that bad it could be time to call it a day on anything other than very light work on soft footing
I think if he had a boot on he'd just 'drag it off' and probably cause some friction soreness in the process
The shoe will help protect the foot but is the dragging going to pull at the shoe itself and cause the foot to break as the nails get pulled at?

Glue On Horseshoes by Sound Horse Technologies

Have a look at some of these 'glue on' ideas as they seem to cover the wall of the hoof as well so might help
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Joe, I believe at break over (but I have to come out and look at him moving in a ring again as I'm not sure). As I said vet is fine with him riding - he's definitely not in pain and wants to work. The owner is going to call chiro and aquap to see if they can somewhat help with the issue (OKed by vet), but it's unlikely to go away completely.

Jaydee, he only rides in a ring with soft footing. Yes, I've heard about glue-ons, will look into that, but I remember hearing very mixed opinions from farriers about them.

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Joe, I believe at break over (but I have to come out and look at him moving in a ring again as I'm not sure). As I said vet is fine with him riding - he's definitely not in pain and wants to work. The owner is going to call chiro and aquap to see if they can somewhat help with the issue (OKed by vet), but it's unlikely to go away completely.

Jaydee, he only rides in a ring with soft footing. Yes, I've heard about glue-ons, will look into that, but I remember hearing very mixed opinions from farriers about them.
Is it a grit sand footing? We have that and it amazes me how much it wears down the horses feet if they work on it a lot
You'd have to see what reviews you could find re. The glue ons from people who actually used them. Not something I have experience of
I know some farriers will not even support barefoot as they see it as a loss of trade and I think you can fix the glue on yourself if you are competent at barefoot trimming
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Is it a grit sand footing? We have that and it amazes me how much it wears down the horses feet if they work on it a lot
Stonedust. Thankfully I didn't have issues with my own mares, and my friend's other horse is fine as well. Just her TB boy. He doesn't ride all that much - not every day, and usually just 20-30 mins (no jumping or anything). I'll check glue-ons, but I doubt she will do it herself (lol!), and I have no experience with them either I have to admit. Thanks again!

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Maybe a tiny toe shoe?
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 02:05 PM
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A simple fix is a rocker toe . It will protect the toe and still allow the break over your horse needs .
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