Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH (USA)
She's an adorable, sweet little mare, and you obviously know she needs weight, muscle, trimming, and chiro. Kudos for taking on this project, looks like she deserves some love :)
Not too sure shoes are entirely necessary. Hard to tell from pics, but it looks like she has a decent quality hoof. Doesn't seem cracked or chipping. Definitely very solid looking for a horse in her condition. Not that I'm "anti-shoe", but they do tend to diminish circulation to the lower leg, and with the inflammation she's already showing there, I'm not sure that will be doing her too much of a favor. A good barefoot trim could be the solution...She could lose about 3/4"-1" of toe, and those bars need some serious work to bring her frog closer to parallel to the ground...going to be hard to do that and still maintain heel. Hope you have a good farrier! I'd be interested to see some more pictures of her feet up close. Have you considered the possibility that she's foundered? There's something going on there that's sparking that idea in my head, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is.
Also, what's up with the left hind leg? Is it swelling that's making it look crooked?