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        06-10-2010, 12:37 PM
    Bah, front and back posts to come in a second... my computer is having a rough time

    Getting it all on one page!

    Well... I tryed my best!

    The whole horse...
    Oh and excuse the dirt it was wet mud and it just would not come off...

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        06-10-2010, 12:46 PM

        06-10-2010, 12:47 PM
    Green Broke
    Is it the picture angle or is his (can't tell which, the black one) front a club foot?

    Also, 3 from bottom picture, with the shoe, the heel is way higher on one side than the other. I'd say barefoot is probably a good idea, but I'll also say your farrier hasn't been doing your horse any favors at all.
        06-10-2010, 12:51 PM
    Originally Posted by Indyhorse    
    Is it the picture angle or is his lt front a club foot?

    Also, 3 from bottom picture, with the shoe, the heel is way higher on one side than the other. I'd say barefoot is probably a good idea, but I'll also say your farrier hasn't been doing your horse any favors at all.
    Could be a club foot, and the angle, I think its the angle as this is the first time I noticed it... he was mid-picking his foot up too

    And I know...
        06-10-2010, 12:54 PM
    Wow, he does have dainty feet doesn't he? I've had ponies here with bigger feet. I would just try hard to find a farrier that does a good barefoot trim to give you an evaluation. If it were my horse 4-6 weeks of turnout with just light riding in a soft area to start. Let him be sore for a while, it will toughen up his feet.
        06-10-2010, 12:55 PM
    I think my quarter mare has feet about twice his size. That's just wrong that they breed them that way.
        06-10-2010, 12:59 PM
    Back feets

    ...more to come as soon as my computer works...

    By the way all I did was file away the rough edge, nothing else!
        06-10-2010, 01:00 PM
    Yes his feet are very small...He is a 16hand gaint with 13 hand horse feet... I bought him, I didnt not breed him lol and he is happily a gelding.

    That could be a club foot... looking at the other pictures...

    Lol all we do is flat work anyway and I love his regardless of the club foot :roll: I just can't believe I just noticed it when I took these!
        06-10-2010, 01:04 PM

    DONE! I hope they are ok.
        06-10-2010, 01:17 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by IllComeALopin    
    He cannot wear the boots during tunrout. They will wear the top of his hoof and make him even more uncomfortable
    I have NEVER heard of this before except where the boots did not fit correctly. I had a horse that had such bad feet that she would abscess in all 4 just from the process of shoeing...literally within 48 hours of the shoeing. She had easy boots on 24/7 and never had an issue with wearing down the tops of her hooves. I also know people who currently use them for work or turn out and only one had an issue...and it was due to an ill fitting boot.

    It will probably take about a year to see any results from your feed through. I agree with the others that your horse needs plenty of time to toughen up...but if you are worried that it's too short in the hoof and causing excess pain you need to get something on those feet for a week or two to allow to grow out...then leave to toughen up for a few weeks to a month afterward.

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