Where is the pain on a horses hoof? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 05-29-2012, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Where is the pain on a horses hoof?

It has been a full year now on my horse with a barefoot trim and he has yet to be completely sound. The back feet are fine and perfect but the fronts are not. I had some hope the last couple months because he was trotting over gravel and was fine on short rides. I have been going to a trainer and I already know that he is for shoeing. He told me three or four times that he needs shoes. We had some respect issues with the horse and last thursday had a fairly tough workout with the trainer. After he was done he said you are going to have to get shoes on him to continue. I do not have a problem with shoes, I will put them on if he needs them. My question is, what are shoes going to do to protect him? Shoes are what, 5/16ths thick? So that means the sole is 5/16ths higher off the ground, I can see where that would help with the small rocks but what about rocks that are bigger than 5/16ths? I guess I am assuming the pain is from rocks poking the sole and if that is the case I don't see how raising the hoof a little off the ground is going to help anything. Am I missing something?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-29-2012, 08:16 PM
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Could not have asked that question better myself. I am also lost as to why there is such a big difference between having a thin piece of metal under the foot versus not when everybody always seems to blame thin or tender soles for problems.

That being said, are your horse's frogs in good condition? When he walks, does he land heel first? If he has had chronic underlying thrush over the past year, it can cause a great deal of sensitivity in the back of the foot.

Also, some pics would be helpful. Maybe some of the more experienced folks can provide some insight as to useful trimming adjustments.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-29-2012, 08:39 PM
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Try hoof boots. They are a great alternative as you can take them off when you want to. So you can put them on when working him and take them off when he is out to pasture or in his stall. This is what i do! I love the removable shoe and dont really have to worry about losing it out on the trail and if i do i myself can just pop it back on :)

I would suggest easyboots with gaitors.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-30-2012, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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I will try to get some pictures up soon. Also I have the renegade hoof boots.
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