I am so disappointed. My farrier spend an HOUR on that one foot. When Pj through the left front he ‘chipped’ so much hoof away that his hoof is a bit too short and of course tender and sore. Now he has done the same thing to the right foot… thus he is ouchy and miserable on both front feet.
NO cracks in the hoof though. I keep fileing the hoof round to prevent real damage.
I have trimmed my own barefoot horses before, but they all had nice hardy healthy feet. But, I filed Pj’s hoof so at least the chipped edges are rolled and clean.
Next Friday I am moving him to a new barn where he can be turned out in a soft- rock and mud free area or in the indoor with nice footing. I think I will just have the farrier their pull his other shoe and go barefoot. At least in the fluggy indoor footing he will be sound enough to lunge and ride. He is only ouchy on the rocks.
Its making me miserable. I am TRYING to do the right thing, I trust my farrier, but obviously it isn’t working. Another farrier wouldn't even touch him and told me Pj just has crappy feet, he won't keep a shoe on and good luck going barefoot .
He is on a hoof supplement and I use hoof oil every day or every other day depending… but I only have him 2 months and I know it takes MUCH MUCH longer than that…
So I have a few questions for the barehoof experts…
I have been to both KC La Pierre and Pete Ramey clinics and have done my horses in the past but this guys feet are horrible… so I have the whole concept and idea down. His feet just chip and break so easy! He was more sound with shoes. But, it’s clear to me that the shoes are just NOT going to work, and really as it stands now I don’t want to nail another shoe into his already non-existant hoof wall.
He cannot wear the boots during tunrout. They will wear the top of his hoof and make him even more uncomfortable to I would rather go without them.
If I get pictures of his feet tomorrow can someone give me some barefoot advice?
What hoof angles (for photos) would you like to see?
Also he has little fiber-ish things poking out of his feet… I can’t imagine this is good but my farrier didn’t say anything about them… what the heck are they and how bad is it that I can see them… a lot of them, like all around his hoof =(
He have little halter horse feet... like the kind prone to navicular...eventually. I was told the best way to prevent this is to go bare foot... I really don't know the truth to that.
Right now, he has very little hoof to work with... I think... but I'm sick of lost shoes, his hoof chipping away, and not riding. I wanted shoes on him becuase I thought that would be best... I can see that he cannot hold a shoe and I think becuase his feet are so small (and the typical halter horse) its in his best interest to forget about shoes and get him barefoot and hopefully this will help prevent navicular and make his feet healthy and happy... but I really have no idea if that's even possible .