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post #31 of 38 Old 06-25-2009, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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UPDATE!!

I had my farrier come out and not just this guy, but both my geldings heels are underrun...not severely but he is going to fix them. Also was able to squish my geldings feet from the huge amount of moisture in his feet. Was kind of gross. Thanks to everyone for there input on this matter, you guys all opened my eyes to bad feet (shame on me)...but thanks to everyone, we are on the road to recovery!
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post #32 of 38 Old 06-25-2009, 09:29 AM
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That is great news! Keep us posted on his recovery! From the pictures that you sent, it doesn't look that bad and shouldn't be to complicated to correct. As for the mushy hooves, all hooves do need access to water every day. I would make sure that you do soak the hooves every day. Submerse in water for about 10-15 minutes - make sure the water comes above the coronary band. A good idea is to make a mudhole in front of your water trough, that way your horses will have to stand in it when they drink.

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post #33 of 38 Old 06-25-2009, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Hippie- isnt too much moisture bad? He was concerned that he could move his whole hoof and squish it with his hands.. like he could almost squeeze his bulbs together (not literally) but not good he said. He was concerned. The biggest issue is that they are in a pen and when it rains its gross in there, I don't have pasture to put them in so I have to take them out daily to dry ground. It sucks! But I love my ponies so I do it for them :)
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post #34 of 38 Old 06-26-2009, 08:13 AM
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No Paintgurl, Hooves do not need to be soaked daily. I would say in general it is healthier to be too dry for a bit than too wet. As you are experiencing a waterlogged hoof is not the best thing as it allows easier entry of greebles as well as a higher possibility of puncture wounds. However, hooves can and do manage to survive extreems. Do what you can and the weather will change.. It always does. ;)

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post #35 of 38 Old 06-26-2009, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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I had him out hand grazing yesterday to get on dry ground and wasnt so lame after I picked out his feet and such (they were packed full of mud and crap as you could imagine) but we were walking around and he was walking ok, just needs to get them feeties hardened!!
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post #36 of 38 Old 06-26-2009, 02:56 PM
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Oh, I didn't realize he was in such soft ground - sorry! No, he doesn't need water then. My horses are on 24/7 365 days a year turnount, so I have to get my horses hooves access to water everyday, just imagine what your fingernails would be like if they received no moisture....

I don't know what diet your horse is on, but you might be able to supplement him to help him harden his hooves. I just finished an interesting book - "Healing Horses - Their Way" and have actually contacted the author on a few things. I am sure she would help you find something natural to help out. This is the website - www.rivasremedies.com - she is from British Columbia.

It is good to hear that you are taking your guys out onto hard ground everyday - movement will definitely help the healing process. Keep that circulation going and help the blood stream take out any toxins that may be stored under those under run heels.

I am totally impressed with this thread, lots of info! Keep us posted!

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post #37 of 38 Old 06-26-2009, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Hippie- Thanks for the website, I like all natural healing stuff, am very interested in that!! Will bookmark it ;)
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Not a problem! I went barefoot a year ago and am now in the process of revamping my feeding program. Same with my vaccination program, de-worming program - like the name says, I am turning into a HORSE HIPPIE - GET IN TUNE WITH THE EARTH AND YOUR HORSE'S SOUL! My husband thinks I am a freak...ha ha ha ha!

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