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post #1 of 5 Old 07-24-2010, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question Foot Troubles-Need Suggestions

Ok, so, my horse has never had the 'best' feet in the world, but I don't ride her NEARLY enough to feel ok giving her shoes. Lately they have gotten worse than usual. Chipping, cracking on the vertical, and oddly...pealing. What's crazy is that she has gone ALL winter long and while she had a chip or two, she's never had this kind of issue before, it's only recently since she's been done every 6 weeks. I asked the farrier (used him twice now) about it and he said it's probably due to the dry weather and the fact she doesn't have a pond to go stand in. He then suggested some hoof conditioner. I'm doing the conditioner 1-2 times a day but only started 2 days ago, so I'm still waiting to see if that's what it is. However, she's never had this kind of problem and as a pasture horse she's been exposed to ALL kinds of weather. Drought, LOTS of rain, snow, humidity, and everything else you can really think of. I asked my farrier about some 'affordable' glue on shoes and he said he'd look into it, but suggested tread boots. I've liked the idea of boots for a while, but when I read the care and maintenance I wasn't so sure they'd be the best thing to be out in a pasture. Granted, the pasture is only about 3 acres, few if any rocks, no holes that I've seen yet, and while it's not 'even' ground, it is flat.

What are your suggestions?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-24-2010, 09:23 PM
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Chipping, cracking on the vertical, and oddly...pealing. What's crazy is that she has gone ALL winter long and while she had a chip or two, she's never had this kind of issue before, it's only recently since she's been done every 6 weeks.
I assume when you say cracking on the vertical and pealing that you refering to the outer hoof. If so, surface cracks are generally due to hot, dry weather and as the rolled over part grows out and contacts the ground you can see pealing like you mention (and not just on the toe). Our lead mare has always had hooves like that when it's so hot and dry, and although it may give the appearance of 'unkept' hooves, it is not a problem. Hoof oil can help the appearance and reduce the surface cracking and you can take a rasp and roll over the edges in between farrier visits to reduce the chipping/pealing. In this kind of hot weather with such hard ground, I trim our lead mare every three weeks to keep a good roll on her. If you farrier hasn't mentioned that your mare has any chronic problem and she isn't lame, I wouldn't worry.

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Wow! That's a HUGE weight off of me! Lol. I will admit that the ground is hard and there has been a heat advisory between 105-112 the past few weeks x.x

It's freaking HAWT here!

I'd still like to hear some suggestions about glue on shoes or boots though ^_^
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It's freaking HAWT here!

I'd still like to hear some suggestions about glue on shoes or boots though ^_^
It's HOT here, too!

I don't have any experience with glue on shoes, but I have riding buddies that have used boots. Boots can work very well for hard/rocky ground, but..
1) you can't leave them on 24 hours a day
2) fit is essential and mostly related to the shape of the hoof. All the brands and models fit a little differently. Finding good fitting boots for horses with 'rounder' hooves seems to be more difficult.
3) If they don't fit well, they can come off or your horse can get rubbing sores around the band area.
4) finding a lost boot in even a couple acres is no fun at all (I've been there helping a friend).

If it were my horse, I would consider boots only if the horse was very sore on the hard ground and only as a temporary solution until the feet toughened up, but I wouldn't bother with them for chipping.

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Hmmm, ok then, I'll definitely keep that in mind ^_^

And again, she doesn't seem sore at all by it, it just worries me because it's unusual for them to look SO bad lol.

Perhaps I'm just being a little paranoid about it all.
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