Originally Posted by rhosroyalvelvet View Post
Get your farrier to look and decide the best angle for them and also there are many feed supplements going around that really help with the healing and strenghtening of feet
She is currently on HorseShoer's Secret which is what her previous owner was giving her, but I'm going to what my farrier suggests.
Sorry dear I didn't get shots of the horse or the feet. All I can do is tell you what I have done and give you a petigree analysis.
Of all the Native Dancers I like Alydar the most. The boy showed real Grit and the Huge Heart the best TB have like no other. I do not patronise Culumet, may they rot in hell, because of Alydar. ( I wouldn't buy one of Barney Ward's horse's either. ) However, the horse Polynesian gave 2 things to his son Native Dancer.
1. - Brilliant Speed- so much so that it changed the face of North American Racing and this sire and his progeny Dominatined short and middle dirt track racing for a century.
2. - Unsoundness in the legs-- that is the trade off for the early speed. The bones do not have the same quality that the horses that run longer distance and mature slower do. The horses that are famous for throwing solid legs and stamina are allmost allways the same. There is a corolation.
Fast growing bone is brittle and prone to failure. Sad but true. This is compounded when you breed speed to speed like when you line breed Native Dancer progeny.
Which is what happened in this mares case. I worry about this mare's long term soundness. Quality of bone is determine by genetics and the work that is done from 1.5-3 years old. In that time you can build a solid frame work or destroy the structure. Depends on what you do at what stage. A smart owner with time and a long veiw will build the best horse he can with the genetics he has. Most owners get as much money out of the horse as fast as possible irregardless of the damage to the horse. This mare is not bred well enough to be one that would nurtured along by a owner willing to take thier time. She is rough bred to turn a quick buck. Sorry.
Now the feet. Owwhhh I have delt with BAD! Feet. 1st thing to do is get a trim and find out just how far those cracks go down. As long as they are surface cracks they will grow out. If the corrnet is damaged then you have hoof defects BUT they can be managed. The worst hooves are on the TB who have run for 4-5 years. Those feet have been in shoes all that time. The soles are like rice paper. So far the best thing I have found to do, and it's a Pain, is to put down soft sand or put the horse on grass and let those soles toughen up. You Must be willing to trim the horse as she needs it. In summer it may be every 5 weeks, it winter every 8-9 weeks. Learn how to use a knife and rasp to knock of chips. Pick up a good all round supplement with lots of Vitamin C , Zinc, and Biotin. Feed good green feed high in protein. You can't grow foot without quality protein. Hooves grow INTO pressure so your horse needs to walk, trot, canter, MOVE! Move move to grow foot. Devil's claw and MSM will relieve the swelling and bruising pain so she will move but will not cause stomach upset.
Check for Thrush and White line disease. No point growing foot just for bacteria to destroy it. Treat it agggressively. It can destroy the foot and you can loose the horse.
Hmmm, I wonder why they aren't working.
Thanks for the analysis, I'll make sure to take care of her legs well and make sure I condition a lot which is what I'm doing right now; slowly bringing her into work.
She doesn't have thrush or anything like that, and I'm using a thrush treatment that Mane N Tail makes to prevent it since some of the pasture she is in can get a little gooey after it rains.