Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: South Australia
• Horses: 0
My first pony had a struggle with founder practically all of his life. Towards the end his feet... well looked much worse then your ponies feet, and he was terribly sore (to the point where we sticky taped cushions under his feet to cushion the pedal bone). Our farrier was great, and over time his feet werent sore at all (just he was a stubborn old man who *thought* that his feet still hurt.. my farrier bent his hoofpick against his hoof without thomas so much as flinching to demonstrate the point). Although eventually, because he was laying down so much, his joint wore away until he could no longer stand... rip thomas...
I agree with 7ponies, although my farrier never done it to thomas, he was telling me how he put a set of shoes on a particular pony, and chopped off the toes. He said it looked awful, but the pony could move again with no lameness, as it completely took the pressure off the horses pedal bone.. or something like that.