What is the matter with this hoof?

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    01-09-2012, 03:03 PM
Exclamation What is the matter with this hoof?

I have this Shetland gelding that is 10H and 10 yrs old.

He is starting to develop this hard white stuff in all 4 of his hooves.

It's just as hard as the hoof its self and can not be picked out.

Does any one know what on earth this stuff is? I am worried

Please help me out. Thank you
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    01-09-2012, 03:08 PM
It just looks like wet sole that can't naturally exfoliate due to the excessive length of his hooves.
    01-09-2012, 03:12 PM
First, the hoof is really overgrown. Secondly, the ridges indicate erratic feeding. I have gotten little ridges in the past from my horse's hooves--I've owned horses since 1985--and this has happened when I fed rich food, like grain and didn't gradually increase the amounts OR I changed feed abruptly. The hoof also (side-view) likes like founder, from the bell-shape on the bottom--it should be flat. I'ved owned only a few ponies, but I DO know that they can founder on food that much larger horses, like warmbloods or over 1,300 pounds, for instance NEED to maintain their weight. What does your farrier think? =/
    01-09-2012, 03:20 PM
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That pony has laminitic issues (feed sensitive, there should not be ripples on hoof) and I'd suggest a trim and high fibre very low sugar diet. It also looks thrushy around the frog, flaky white sole suggests dead sole which would exfoliate with work.
    01-09-2012, 03:23 PM
Please don't take this the wrong way, but when was the last time he saw a farrier?
Maybe you just purchased him, I don't know the story.

That does look like wet sole, I don't have a ton of experience with that but I do believe that's what it will look like. And like another poster said it could have a lot to do with diet, he is a 10hh pony, not a warmblood. I know my mare gets more grain than I'd ever give my pony.

Another thing, when did you notice this?
I would be curious to know what the farrier had to say =/
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    01-09-2012, 03:29 PM
OP where in ND are you located and who is your farrier?
    01-09-2012, 03:35 PM
I guess I didn't say--ponies need a very low protein diet. Sorry--that's what I meant.
    01-09-2012, 03:49 PM
Originally Posted by NdAppy    
OP where in ND are you located and who is your farrier?
We are in Valley City,North Dakota.

Our farrier was a guy named Kevin but he retired so we are looking for one now.

Why do you ask?
    01-09-2012, 03:59 PM
Going to suggest Farriers. I'm not all that terribly far from you.

Let me dig up my information and dig up some of my contacts and pm you.
    01-09-2012, 04:05 PM
Thanks! I would really appreciate it ;)

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