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        09-21-2013, 02:11 PM
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    Weanling
    What do you think about her feet?

    Hi! So I went out and looked at a horse I'm interested in buying today, and my only concern was her feet. Her owner said that her farrier said that the horses feet were very good, and solid (before she had shoes). The horse was going to be ridden in some very rough terrain so its owner had the farrier put shoes on the horse, even though the farrier said she would be fine without shoes. This is what her feet look like after the shoes came off. Should I be concerned? I'm thinking about seeing if my farrier can come out and take a look.
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        09-21-2013, 02:12 PM
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    Weanling
    She's due for a trim too. Sorry if the pictures aren't very good, my mom was taking them for me.
         
        09-21-2013, 02:18 PM
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    Green Broke
    Ahhh you're getting a new horse?!? Where is this one located? Are you going to be using Tilley? If so, he will give you a good honest opinion. Those rings would concern me though. Text me :)
         
        09-21-2013, 02:31 PM
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    Started
    I don't like how lumpy they look. And they are flaring. Id have your farrier come out and look and that horse needs shoes. The hooves look brittle.
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        09-21-2013, 02:47 PM
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    Not only are they flaring (which would be almost totally trimmed off in the next trim) but worse, look at all the ridging on those feet? That makes me think of metabolic issues, such as laminitis. And the very long vertical crack?

    I wonder about the statement that the feet were ok before shoes . . . . Hm m m .
         
        09-21-2013, 02:51 PM
      #6
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    not only are they flaring (which would be almost totally trimmed off in the next trim) but worse, look at all the ridging on those feet? That makes me think of metabolic issues, such as laminitis. And the very long vertical crack?

    I wonder about the statement that the feet were ok before shoes . . . . Hm m m .
    Thanks guys, I think I'll probably pass on her.
         
        09-22-2013, 03:26 AM
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    Trained
    Agree with Tiny. It appears this horse has ongoing metabolic probs, from the near constant rings & ridges, which is why they're flared. Not necessarily a problem if well managed though.
         
        09-22-2013, 09:10 AM
      #8
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by loosie    
    Agree with Tiny. It appears this horse has ongoing metabolic probs, from the near constant rings & ridges, which is why they're flared. Not necessarily a problem if well managed though.
    How do you manage it?
         
        09-22-2013, 09:22 AM
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    Weanling
    Not sure how you manage metabolic problems, but my thoroughbred is prone to flared hooves - we're now on 4 weekly trims (barefoot) and we're slowly seeing an improvement rather than her usual 6 weekly trims. The hooves aren't having chance to flare and we're hopeful that they'll be "retrained" in time.
    Little and often as my farrier says...........
    As for the metabolic issue - over to the experts :)
         
        09-22-2013, 06:59 PM
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    Trained
    Hi, there are a number of different causes of systemic laminitis, so different treatments, but the most common is IR, similar to type 2 diabetes, so healthy, low carb diet & lifestyle is the main management requisite. Also obviously well managed & balanced hooves, to keep pressure off weak walls...
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