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post #1 of 13 Old 09-05-2011, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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Trimming hooves

My 30+ horse can no longer lift his back feet for the farrier. He falls over. Anybody have any suggestions how to trim his back feet without stressing out horse, owner, and farrier?
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-05-2011, 08:26 AM
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I'd say get it checked out out by a vet ASAP - does he fall over when you pick his hooves out too?


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A properly made, study chute with a belly band could help support him if he is just unsteady on three legs. If he is in no way able to support weight on his hind legs at all with one raised, then you might need to be looking at having him sedated and carefully laid over to trim, but that's pretty risky for a 30 year old. I would try to find a facility with a chute.


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I'd say get it checked out out by a vet ASAP - does he fall over when you pick his hooves out too?
thanks horseloverd2....he was seen by a vet just 2 weeks ago....he is arthritic and just unable to raise his back legs high enough for farrier. He has a hard time getting up when he rolls.also....i give him Smartpac TLC natural pain relief and a gram of bute when he's very sore.
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thanks Indyhorse that would be ideal if I could find one that would allow me to do that....patsy
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-10-2011, 06:49 PM
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A properly made, study chute with a belly band could help support him if he is just unsteady on three legs. If he is in no way able to support weight on his hind legs at all with one raised, then you might need to be looking at having him sedated and carefully laid over to trim, but that's pretty risky for a 30 year old. I would try to find a facility with a chute.
Check with any Amish folk. They use them a lot because their horses are mainly work horses. Also check with a farrier that does drafts. I know several farriers that won't do some draft horses without a stock because it's too heavy for them.

Depending on the facility you have or are at, you may be able to make a sling for him. Or maybe even buy one. That would be another thing to ask the Amish people. They are crafty people!
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Oopsie, somehow I missed your last post:)

When I first rescued my Arab, he was really weak on the back end from an injury and we taught him to lean against anything. The wooden support posts for the fence, the barn, his stall wall, the farrier's trailer - anything.

Unless your horse has some sort of disease that he can't have NSAIDs, there is no reason why he could be on chondroitin/MSM and/or hyalurin/boswelia.

Both come in powder forms; just have to make sure you buy pharmaceutical grade that doesn't have fillers in them, so they will work like they're supposed to.

Good luck

Edited to add: You aren't shoeing him are you? My ex-Trimmer was over six feet tall and did not have a bit of problem getting down on one knee and propping either of my arthritic horses' hooves up on his other knee. I only laid him off because I am no longer working, so had to take the trimming of four horses back.

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I know there is some sort of drug that they use at my barn for there 46 year old that makes his other feet 'planted' and is extremely useful because its not harmful to him and they never want to sedate him because he also has issues staying up because of his age, even with the drug they use they still have a couple people around just in case but it apperently works very well.
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-11-2011, 01:33 PM
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Chiropractic work, and then daily massages, to try to loosen up his joints and muscles, before and after the farrier is there.
I've seen mine have to spend a good twenty minutes massaging and slowly flexing an oldies hind legs, to get their hooves done. Not just the legs, but the back and hips as well, as it all ties in together.

If you can get some, a small amount of bute, just to make things easier on him.

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thank you the chiropractic and massage is probably just what he needs. My farrier said we may be able to lean him over so he can use the wall to balance. Miraculously, he hasn't needed trimming on his back feet the last two farrier visits, only on his fronts. I give him a gram of bute most evenings. I also give him Smart Pak TLC which has devil's claw and minerals. He gets a probiotic supplement everyday. He also was suffering from a bladder infection but we got that cleared up. This horse was a rescue 6 years ago...he also cannot chew hay because of an extreme wave mouth so he gets 3 large mash meals a day. He has cost us a lot of $$$$....oh well...it's only money!!! Lucky horse!!! he's a sweetie though.
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