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    06-02-2012, 08:04 AM
  #11
Yearling
Thanks for not tearing my apart to badly, I really didn't understand what I am looking at and I regret it deeply on not getting new help before this. Looise it wasn't much better before the last trim nor after it. I only continue to clean and treat her feet, to keep it hopefully from getting worst knowing it won't ever get better until a farrier really cleans them up, I will take pictures after another farrier comes. Thanks horseman56 seeing it like that make it much easier to understand what I'm looking at and what it should be.

I have another farrier that had good references (people I know well, and seen their horses feet), the hard part is the farrier that I was using is also my horse's old owner so the conversation was really awkward.

Yeah the porcupine didn't do a good job hiding, he probably only weight 5 pounds at the most, about the size of a puppy, I didn't want my dog to get another face full of quills though.
     
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    06-04-2012, 10:10 AM
  #12
Yearling
New farrier coming out after this rain storm, on Thursday or Friday afternoon. I just told him that her hooves were bad, and I would like it if he can take off her front shoes. It is going to be extremely embarrassing and frustrating knowing that I've had her for a year and they shouldn't look like that.
     
    06-04-2012, 05:54 PM
  #13
Weanling
[QUOTE=Horseman56;1528336]

Feet cleaned up nicely. No indications of lameness post shoeing.

Well, that is a classy looking foot now!
     
    06-04-2012, 09:52 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Well, that is a classy looking foot now!
Thanks. We aim to please!

Cheers,
Mark
     
    06-04-2012, 10:19 PM
  #15
Weanling
I can't post pictures because they aren't my pictures, but a good riding buddy of mine just went through a similar battle. Although, her white line issue is being cleared up pretty quickly by an amazing farrier, so she is lucky there. Regardless of that fact, she had no warning signs before it was full-blown, aside from a minor case of thrush that she had treated and cleared up. Essentially, a crack provides the opportunity for the infection to go deeper and once sealed inside there it eats away at the inside of the hoof in secret. Or at least that's how I understand it. Her farrier cut out the entire infected area (a huge portion of the hoof was missing after--looked crazy but the horse is completely sound). He then packed it with a blue hoof bondo type material, and put a custom made bar shoe on it. After doing all that the horse is completely sound to ride as much as normal...just some extra $$ from the owner to upkeep the healing process with special shoes and such. He said that with the amount he cut out it will take 6 months for regrowth, which means the horse will have to remain shoed for that time.

I am in no way shape or form an expert on this...just thought I would share a similar experience and what the results of it were. My riding pal felt plenty guilty as well and was also quite blindsided. Just make sure you have proper farrier assistance (which it sounds like you already dealt with) and you should be okay. It takes a lot of courage to share problems like this, especially when people are quick to blame....so kudos to you for seeking answers for your horse's sake even when it means biting the bullet yourself.
     
    06-04-2012, 10:50 PM
  #16
Trained
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Regardless of that fact, she had no warning signs before it was full-blown, aside from a minor case of thrush that she had treated and cleared up. Essentially, a crack provides the opportunity for the infection to go deeper and once sealed inside there it eats away at the inside of the hoof in secret.
Oh I'm pretty sure there were 'warning signs', just that they weren't recognised as such. Your description of the opportunistic infection eating away in secret is a good one I reckon, because plenty of times cracks, or tiny separation or holes in the ground surface wall can look very superficial... until exploration leads you to find a big mess further in! That's why I don't believe it's a good idea to just leave cracks & such in the hope they'll grow out with good trimming - they might in the ideal world, but afraid I've had too much experience in the real one to trust to that!
     
    06-04-2012, 10:58 PM
  #17
Weanling
Yes you are right...I'm sure there were warning signs, just nothing obvious. She didn't recognize a problem at all, even as somebody who cleans hooves daily until the farrier found it all at once.
     

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