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    07-22-2007, 06:15 PM
I had a farrier look at the hoof pictures. He said it would take supplements every day, plus corrective shoeing for an indefinate amount of time, to correct the problem. And, even then, it will be a continual thing.....continual maintenance and upkeep.

While I like the horse A LOT, I have decided to pass on him :(
Such a nice horse....such horrible feet!
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    07-22-2007, 11:43 PM
Very good choice. I know you like the horse, but trust me after lots of money and many days of going out ready to ride and you can't b/c your horses feet hurt, will turn you off quickly. Not only that but the other thing I noticed was that his hoofs kind of slope out, which indicate to me he has possibly founderd in the past. The ring of growth if concerns me. It is good yes, but when you have a ring or bump in the hoof such as what he has, points to some sort of damage done.

And this is for desperate house wife:
White or black hoofs make no diffrence, my cremello's feet are much stronger than my bay horse who had black feet. I have also heard that it make no diffrence from many a farrier. It is a myth. :)
    07-31-2007, 06:03 AM
Oh....Thats a shame! Are you sure you don't want to get a vetting done and assess the problem??

I have seen/had much worse feet than that!! He appeared very happy in the pics and not sore at all, not the way he was crossing his front legs happily etc. He's also a good age to get right! Young enough!

A supplement and good farrier are all that you need!

My mare has black feet (so called strong feet!). When I spotted her in a nasty looking paddock at the age of 18months I knew I had to have her (her feet were fine at this point!). Anyway she appeared at my yard ready to send for breaking at 3yrs and her feet were split from toe to corronet band! They carried on and sent her to be broken, but they sent her right back saying she could barely walk! They had bodged some form of front shoes onto her and her hinds were so split they couldnt bodge anything on!

She is fine now aged 6! She came right (sound) within 2weeks with correct shoeing and it was then a case of feeding the right stuff and basically looking after her! She has never cost me a fortune in shoeing!!! (she just had to be shod every 5weeks instead of 6!)

But then if theres a horse with a problem ill always take it on! I have had sooo many with problems, I couldnt see the point in trying to get a perfect horse because 1. They don't really exist and 2. The ones that nearly are will always find great homes! What about the ones that are far from perfect?

But that's just me!

Elz x
    08-01-2007, 06:48 AM
hoof cracks

Hi all - im new here but I worked with vet and farrier for a number of years.

That horse looks like he came from a very very wet area-like marshy area and then was brought to a dry area- the feet have adapted to the wet by splitting and spreading out - theres alot less concussion on wet ground and the foot rolls- it also looks like the prior owner never trimmed him much and let his heels grow under. You would not have to have corrective shoes unless his heels are run under badly from the poor trimming. As he looks -although you need a vet out to check UNDER neath the foot to tell for sure- he just needs to grow out - MSM speeds growth- good diet- and routine trimming. The cracks look like more surface - the ones toward the heel are from not having been trimmed on a regular basis before this owner got him. They grow and flair out -being water logged they sort of "smash" outward from the length of the flair. Just judging from the outside pictures - its not that big of a deal unless you find he's got severe white line stretching and possible white line disease with it- every one usually has thier horse on hoof supps when they don't need it anyway - just to keep them nice- if he's on hard ground now and not sore- just regular trimming would help alot. You need to get under and look at the sole and frog(i would guess there is not a lot of frog there if he's been in marsh area alot) also his angle/axis/ is back so he would need correct trimming for balance . Those smaller cracks look like his feet expanded and contracted from being dry /wet/dry . You can see where the farrier rasped the toe back there doesnt seem to be alot of depth to the cracks there.
    08-01-2007, 06:52 AM
Just thought I would add- the horse has very weak pasterns- they are too long and too sloped -hes also a large horse on small feet-put that together with the poor angle and navicular might be in the future for him. Also higher liklyhood for tendon bows or tears. Very cute horse though - if you are just going to walk on trails he would be a nice horse but I wouldnt want to put alot of stress on those legs.
    08-20-2007, 03:22 AM
I had the same problem with a tb xracehorse we had we changed farriers and he said that the farrier hadnt been cutting his feet short enough and every 6 weeks...instead we had like every 8 weeks or so....they were too long and they are shorter and cut more frequently and they are getting much better.
    08-21-2007, 12:23 PM
my thoroughbred

Has a slight worse case the crack is like the one that is all the way up the middle, and it reaches the rim of her fir. (ive been out of the riding loop for about 5yrs I can't remember what that's called :( ) But I got corrective shoes on her and started feeding her grand hoof also. They say its looking up.

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