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    01-09-2012, 09:02 PM
When did he last see a farrier?
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    01-09-2012, 09:56 PM
It has been about 3/4 weeks since the last time.
    01-10-2012, 12:17 AM
If that kind of appearance comes only 3/4 weeks after a trim, then I think it's good that your previous farrier is retired so that you can get a good one.
    01-10-2012, 02:01 AM
Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
It has been about 3/4 weeks since the last time.
Wow! His feet are very overgrown, and in need of a serious trim.
    01-10-2012, 04:26 AM
His feet have always grown VERY fast.
    01-10-2012, 04:45 AM
The pony needs the farrier desperately!
    01-10-2012, 05:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
His feet have always grown VERY fast.
This is a symptom of being laminitic, I have a lami pony too and have been amazed how fast the feet shoot down during an attack. You must get his diet and exercise undercontrol. Soaked hay only and possibly no grass, speak to your vet about his diet and management. A good trim will help but not all will be possible to take off at once, so will require further trims soon.
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    01-11-2012, 06:55 PM
Is he getting grain? I would not be feeding him any, just hay.
    01-11-2012, 07:21 PM
Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
It has been about 3/4 weeks since the last time.
Assuming you do get the farrier 6-weekly(I'd be maintaining a pony like that little & often - no more than 4-weekly max), you desperately need a GOOD farrier. Looking at your other thread, I just assumed you were new to horses & didn't have a clue about hoof care or such, but perhaps it's bad advice from an incompetent 'expert' that has led you to allow the pony to become like that. One big reason why it's important for owners to educate themselves, not just leave it to 'experts'.

Agree with others that the horse is very likely a chronic laminitic & his diet needs careful management. What is his diet? What is his bodyshape? Does he have any lumpy 'fat pads' or cresty neck? Does he retain his coat, or shed later than others, or have longer hair than normal? I'd be consulting an equine vet too & considering getting him tested for IR, Cushings, etc. Also consider getting xrays of those feet, to learn exactly what changes have happened inside, to enable a trimmer to know exactly where they can/can't trim.
    01-11-2012, 07:32 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Is he getting grain? I would not be feeding him any, just hay.
He gets grain 1X a week. Would grain effect his hoofs'?

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