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        07-14-2013, 02:31 PM
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    Originally Posted by Tarpan    
    Should I offer hay when reducing his grass? I do have a small dry lot but hate the thought of him penned up for the majority of the time with nothing to eat... Sunset here is about 9pm and sunrise at 6.
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    They should never have nothing to eat so yes do put out hay
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        07-27-2013, 12:45 AM
    I have acquired a roll of hay with another being delivered this weekend. Buck's first day of being drylotted during the day will be tomorrow. I will see how he manages after a week or two of only being allowed to graze at night.

    I haven't given him a full trim since I posted these photos, but I have been rasping a bit once a week. I am focusing on rasping from the bottom of the hoof to bevel it properly.

    Next week I will be ordering a pair of hoof boots so we can go on the gravel roads and a bottle of Clean Traxx to treat thrush/white line separation. I will update with photos soon.
        07-27-2013, 04:17 AM
    Hi, toes look short & upright & shallow, with dip in hairlines at front - missy & total's comments - this could be from prev long toes or such. At only 3.5yrs old, his feet & body aren't mature enough to carry you easily without potential issues & poss the short toes are from avoiding pain in under developed heels. I would be booting for rough/ hard ground & only light/short riding for a while. Feed is best given little & often, not just sporadically, ESP if its grain or otherwise high carb. Beware of feeding free choice pasture hay esp if he's used to only native pasture(generally good) as hay can be rich. Slow feed nets can be a great answer.
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        07-27-2013, 11:11 AM
    Hello Tarpan:

    I hope these comments don't get me into trouble.
    I feel that this horse is walking on too much hoof wall pulling on the white line.
    The roll looks good but is too low on the hoof.
    Pulling on the hoof wall is more pain than pressure on the sole of the hoof.
    Pea gravel could be causing more prying pain than sole pain.

    When I trim I use a knife to clean up to the hoof wall, I don,t like to remove any sole.
    Step two I trim the hoof wall flat with the sole.
    Step three is the roll, I used to file this completely, way too much work.
    I now use same nippers to cut the angle of the roll and then rasp.

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    I hope I have provided some form of assistance.
        07-31-2013, 05:40 PM
    Hay is a mixture of barn kept Alicia Bermuda hay and Bahia cut last year. I'd already put the full roll into his hay shed so once he eats that I'll switch to a hay net if he's gorging on it.

    I got a hoof supplement that has copper and magnesium to add to his feed, and have been slowly working on correcting his angles. I'll post more photos after another trim cycle.
        07-31-2013, 10:40 PM
    I think you've done a very nice job! I think that no matter how long anyone trims, there's always something that "new eyes" can pick up on and sort of guide another person.

    I think that last foot has gotten it's sulcus chewed up by thrush. That happened on my horse once. I used Durasole, but there are a bunch of products out there that work well. I also used durasole faithfully on some white line my horse had as well.

    With white line, and some cracks, I would take something and tap around on the hoof wall and see if it sounds hollow anywhere. If not, I would think that long crack is just superficial.

    I think the more you trim, the more you will see. I think it's hard sometimes to see every little thing that needs fixing when your brain is focusing on one or two major things (to you).

    I hope the horse knows what good fortune he had finding you!
        08-06-2013, 11:55 PM
    We tried out his new Easyboot Epics tonight and he showed me a big beautiful natural extended trot that I've never seen before in a year of riding him. Faster transitions, beautiful sharp pivots... it was like riding a different horse.

    I walked him for a while to get him used to the boots but he didn't even care about them being on his feet so I just went with it. We did walk trot canter all beautiful to ride and comfortable for him. As soon as I can afford another pair I'm getting some for his rear hooves too.

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