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post #21 of 34 Old 01-26-2013, 04:36 PM
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Perhaps I would buy those hooves if I wanted the horse. If it makes you feel any better, I bought these hooves (below), they belong to a 2.5 yo haffie filly, second pic is approximately 6-7 weeks after initial trim and just prior to a trim. Clearly, it will take more than 6-7 weeks to get them "normal", but that is just a given (I figure 6 months -ish):

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Oh...and btw...I didn't pay much for the filly b/c she had zero training and these feet. She is exceptionally easy to train, and her feet are "on there way" to normal. Just saying.
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post #22 of 34 Old 01-26-2013, 06:30 PM
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Those hooves don't look too 'dry' to me. But hooves are *meant* to be dry on the outside & the outer wall is relatively impermeable(so regardless of advertising hype, products can't 'penetrate deeply' at all). Hoof 'conditioners' & other topicals(with the exception of disinfectants) can make hooves *look* nicer, but don't tend to do anything for their health - aside from potentially making for a nicer environment for bugs.

As with hair, the outer hoof wall is also dead, so you can't improve it's health anyway, you can only *grow* healthier material in the future. Hooves that appear 'too dry' or 'shelly' or such, I believe usually have a nutritional/dietary problem & changing this for the better - ie feeding the hooves better - IME leads to better, healthier growth.
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post #23 of 34 Old 01-28-2013, 08:32 AM
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The back hooves of draft's are supposed to be a bit triangular, the little point helped them dig into the ground to pull a plow or heavy loads without their feet slipping during the initial start. It also helps them get enough forward momentum to change gaits. I'd totally go for the horse though. I've known people who bought draft;s with worse feet than that and they had everything fixed in 2 months with 7-10 day trims and shapings. Make sure your farrier knows drafts though. I've seen many farriers club foot drafts because they don't know what they're doing.
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post #24 of 34 Old 01-30-2013, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you

Thank you all so much for your valuable advise.
I bought her :)
The vet who did the vet check appeared to be very knowledgable about hoofs and had a really good look at them and spoke to the owner for a while. I asked him if he would suggest that I get a farrier check before I buy the horse and he said that i obviously could but he thinks there is no need to.
So now I pick the gorgeous girl up on saturday and the farrier who usually works with Percherons will come by next week. I am very excited and will keep you posted about her improvement. And now that I own her I'm also comfortable to provide a full picture.
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Well, congrats to you! She is a lovely girl!
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Congrats on your new girl!
Now, we need to know the name of this beautiful creature and we need more pictures!
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Cobgratulations! She's very beautiful!

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post #29 of 34 Old 02-14-2013, 10:18 PM
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Beautiful horse! Her feet looked grossly neglected. I can't wait to see the update pics (hint hint)
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post #30 of 34 Old 02-14-2013, 11:49 PM
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I just spotted this thread, and I wanted to say

- kudos to the OP for not posting full pics of the horse until she had bought it. I like that respect shown for other people's property

- my Canadian Riley is vastly oversized and is the biggest horse my farrier does. He was bad mannered when he arrived but luckily I have rectified that so I have not lost my farrier. Farrier charges more for him and he explained to me (I was questioning out of interest, not challenging him) that Riley finds it hard to get his balance on three feet, so takes longer, and leans more. Also - his hoof walls are darned hard and it takes arms of steel to trim them.

- and finally, your new horse is be-a-u-tiful
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