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        07-30-2012, 06:35 PM
    Green Broke

    This is my horse Poncho.. if you can see his hoof, that is what sunnys looks like as well. Also camos have those on them too.. but her feet are black and she is just 1..
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        07-30-2012, 08:39 PM
    Haven't read all replies so sorry if I repeat... or have misunderstood because your posts are a bit confusing. Eg. You say he's had his shoes off a while but then you say it was only 2 weeks ago? You say he was lame a couple of days, or a couple of weeks ago(?).

    Most importantly, if your horse is lame & you don't know the cause & so whether your helping or hurting to work him, DON'T RIDE HIM!

    If he's been lame for more than a week, I'd call the vet out. If he's only 5yo, I would not be doing things like barrel racing on him yet, if you want him to be sound long term. It could be that he has a back prob or such.

    Neither would I generally put shoes on a horse under about 5-6yo minimum. Since they're off now, I'd keep it that way. But especially as he's been in shoes for (?) long & still not quite mature, he's going to need hoof protection, for a time at least, on rough/hard footing at least, which could well be the cause of the lameness - he could have got a bruise/abscess. I would do some study into hoof health, soundness, etc so you can be more informed about your choices & their effects.
        07-30-2012, 08:51 PM
    On his hoofs he has rings( I don't think they are ringbone rings all my horses have them)
    No, 'ringbone' is an osteo arthritis in the pastern, not on on the actual hoof capsule. Horizontal rings on the hoof capsule are likely to be metabolic/diet related problems. I'd do some reading on 'low grade' laminitis & &

    He had shoes on before and he didn't take that long to harden up so that's why I'm freaking out..
    If you're talking weeks, you're very mistaken about his feet I'm thinking. Take a look at Pete Ramey hoof care laminitis founder horse navicular disease thrush equine foot development farrier for starters.

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