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post #1 of 6 Old 07-12-2008, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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barefoot question

My mare is barefoot and has recently developed a large chip on the outside of her front left hoof near the heal. (I'll try to get a picture on Monday) It started as a small chip, half an inch or so, but now a bigger piece, about an inch or inch and a quarter long, has come off (moving toward the toe). The horse is not at all lame. Out of concern I called my trimmer and explained the situation. She told me that the chipping is a natural way of the hoof trimming itself and not to worry unless the mare becomes lame. The hoof is due to be trimmed in about 2 weeks.

Has anyone experienced this with your horse? Should I worry?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-12-2008, 08:31 PM
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Well, on one hand, yes, it's not a big deal if she's not limping, and it IS the way the hoof would trim itself in the wild, however....if that were one of my clients , I would probably come by when convenient (if i was out your way,had a couple of minutes) and touch it up so it wouldn't get worse. Sometimes things sound worse or better than they are and I would want to check it out, myself. Plus, why not fix it before it has to trim itself any farther? If it were in 3 days, I wouldn't hustle out, but two weeks is longer than I would want to wait. If it were one of MY horses, I'd fix it , and I like to think of my client's horses as "mine". But, that's just me.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-12-2008, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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You wouldn't by chance be passing by the PNW this week, would you?
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-12-2008, 09:04 PM
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LOL,, sorry.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-13-2008, 12:42 AM
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They usually happen when the horse is really over due in getting their feet done and the foot starts to break off or get cracks from breaking itself. Sometimes the horse has normally bad feet then cracks happen without what seems to be any good reason. If you are just 2 weeks away from getting your farrier out, I would give him/her a call now (because you are concerned) and get it done a bit earlier than usual. No harm in it and that way better be safe than sorry and have a minor issue become a large problem.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-13-2008, 07:04 AM
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It is usually nothing to be concerned about. If this happens often and you're trimming every 8 weeks, you may consider bringing it in to 6 weeks. My experience has been that it depends on the horse, the time of year, and how much riding you do (and the terrain)...they often wear unevenly. If you want, when your farrier comes out, ask him to show you how to rasp them down to clean them up. Years ago, our old farrier convinced me that I could do this myself and not need him anymore. After a few times having him out to check my work and give advice, I've been on my own for a couple years and have never had a problem. It's not hard...I do one of our 3 mares a weekend, so they all get done every 3 weeks using only a rasp.

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