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    09-05-2011, 04:30 PM
Green Broke
front shoes to help flaring?

I was considering putting shoes on outlaws fronts. He flares quite a bit (has to do with his breeding and such) and I was thinking shoes might be better since we are going to be getting up to faster speeds and I'm not sure if his flaring will effect us. We are doing gymkhana and hopefully NBHA this year. So what do you guys think, I don't have a good picture of his feet to show and right now he is in major need of a trim (He was just offered to me so if I had been riding him his feet would have been taken care of long ago) so if shoes will help I might just go ahead and have them put front shoes on him when they trim him up.
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    09-05-2011, 11:15 PM

I don't know of breeding that produces innately flared feet, but heavy horses can be more prone to flaring when not looked after properly, due to their weight. Diet, along with management plays a huge part in likelihood of flaring though, being a big cause of weakened laminae & walls.

I would just get/keep him well trimmed. If the hooves are kept balanced & not allowed to overgrow, there will be no undue pressure causing the laminae to stretch/separate. Keeping breakover & the entire footprint - quarters as well - bevelled/rolled to where they should be if there were no flares will remove the leverage & allow the walls to grow down straight. is one site that has some good info on hoof balance. Conventional shoes, being attached only to the periphery of the hoof - the already disconnected walls - puts more pressure on them & the laminae, so it becomes a lot harder to deal with flares.
    09-06-2011, 12:45 AM
Green Broke
He isn't over weight and he is kept fairly balanced it is just in the breeding. Several horses in his family (we have 4 on our ranch alone) have the same exact feet as him, his feet are 'flared' or larger outwards to help him cover the softer sand better in endurance. They do not hinder him soundness wise and its just his fronts that do it but I just was curious if shoes would be smarter for barrels and other speed events. I will not be giving him any extra supplements as his feet are strong and healthy just built differently. Also like I said it isn't something that has built over time its just how he has always been so its not a lameness issue as he has competed in endurance and raced in his 2-6yr old years at the least.
I will try and find good pictures but it is not a laminitis flare I'm probably not calling it the right thing just what it looks like but he has very big feet for an arabian in general which runs in his family.
    09-06-2011, 01:07 AM
Green Broke
I don't have a good enough picture to show his feet however this is his older half sister,Black Powder notice her larger feet, this is also how outlaws are.
Black Powder
    09-06-2011, 02:04 AM
OK, so perhaps you mean just big feet. Flaring means there is disconnection/stretching of the laminae and the hoof wall is not parallel with the pedal bone. Can't really tell much from that pic of his sister, but her feet do appear a little flared too. You can generally get a good idea of whether it's flaring, because the plane of the hoof walls from coronet to ground surface won't be straight. Especially if he's overdue for trimming, it will be unlikely for there NOT to be flaring, but once trimmed(or maybe it'll take a couple), his walls should be straight from coronet to ground, all around(horses may flare at the quarters & more often the outside quarter of front feet) regardless how big they are. Really do need pics of his hooves if you want any more than hypotheticals though.
    09-06-2011, 02:18 AM
Green Broke
Sunny always starts to flare on her fronts if I let her get to eight weeks between trims.

As long as I keep her at six weeks she is fine.
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    09-06-2011, 09:08 AM
If more than one horse at my place had the same problem I would look into management practices as the cause, either quality or frequency or both.
    09-06-2011, 08:46 PM
Green Broke
Loosie - haha ya I was using wrong terminology my bad. He is normally on a regualr schedule and is normally not as long as he is now I am probably going to switch guys as right now its the BOs son or husband and they do it on their own schedule which sometimes is a little longer then I'd like with a performance horse of his age and use.
Natisha- Its not a bad thing they were bred specifically to have the feet that the do. They weren't bred to have those tiny halter arab feet that are good for nothing they are meant for long hard rides specifically the deeper sand. They are well cared for and we have never had a lameness issue cause by their feet so I think they are fine thanks though.

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