His Feet Look Over-Trimmed....Help!

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His Feet Look Over-Trimmed....Help!

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    05-20-2008, 09:09 PM
His Feet Look Over-Trimmed....Help!

Poor Sam.....

Here's the facts:

The farrier came to visit yesterday, and we rode the horses today. William was fine with the new trim, but Sam's feet look over-trimmed. He was tender-footin' the whole ride, and I was scared to do anything faster than trot for his sake! We looked at his feet, and the hoof wall is so short on the right foot now, the sole is what he walks on. His left front sole is level with the hoof wall, and he didn't favor that foot (the left one). He's also a TB, and he's flat- footed in the front. Back feet - perfect .

If you need any other info to help you help me solve this problem I might be able to give other info. I want to know how long it will be before we can gallop comfortably again (Well, before his feet were too long :roll: ), if his feet will be okay in two days (we want to go for a trail ride thursday) and if there is anything I can do. Any help is needed, wanted, and appreciated! Please help!!!! I'm desperate! (okay, that remark was over the edge .)
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    05-20-2008, 10:37 PM
Pictures would help to see if it was really over-trimmed or not.

If you think the farrier did a poor job....call the farrier up and talk to him...get his input on it and if he isn't helpful, get another farrier out and get their opinion on the condition of your TB's hooves. If it was over-trimmed, I'd definitely look into getting a new farrier.

Weren't you there though when the farrier was trimming your horses hooves? If yes, didn't you notice then that he was trimming them bad?
    05-20-2008, 11:13 PM
You might be able to boot him. Sorry I don't have any pearls of wisdom for this one.
    05-20-2008, 11:51 PM
Okay, something else I should say...they're not our horses. We are the "riders" of Willie and Sam. We were going to be there for the farrier visit, just to help hold them, but the real owner resceduled the appointment to an earlier time, when we couldn't be there, and we didn't know that until afterwards. If we were there, I would have said something. What he did, I think, was, instead of coming out every week to do little trims, he just did all of it then. He seems to be a good farrier, but then, the owners don't seem to know what to look for in a farrier. They just have a whole ton of animals (donkeys,3, horses,10, birds,3?5?, dogs,6?, llamas,7, goats2?, and cars,10) and no real horse sense. I will try to get pics of his bad foot next time we go out.....thankfully, we only live five minutes away. The lady who comes and feeds the horses during the week, (oh, by the way she's a registered racehorse trainer....she told us that fifteen times within the first week we met :roll: ) She's a real kick in the pants. She never seemed to think anything was wrong.

I will try to get pics soon!

Any other advice?
    05-21-2008, 02:33 AM
If the hoof wall is indeed too short, aint nothing to do but stay off of him for a couple of weeks.
And even if it aint, you still need to stay off of him untill you find out why he is "favoring" that one foot.

    05-21-2008, 05:59 AM
I agree with the above!! Do not put boots on him... boots cause hot spots, (no offence to the person who said maybe try them as I did read your post and I do understand why you thought this may be a way to get around it) if his hoof is shorter than it should be then this will cause him to be unbalanced and his weight baring may be placed on areas it normally would not and they will cause hotspots quickly. Stay off him for around 3 weeks and let him rest so as the hoof has time to grow back. :)
    05-21-2008, 10:26 AM
No offence taken LC I just figured it would have to grow out on its own. Thought the boots might have helped to protect it but wasn't sure, thanks for the info!
    05-21-2008, 01:30 PM
Gee, I got no idea of how I could stay off him for three weeks......I have gone over a year without riding, p.s. We don't own horses, and havn't since I was two, eleven years ago. Do you think the sole could desensitize after a while, or maybe recede into the hoof?? We were going to go for a trail ride tomorrow!

    05-21-2008, 06:05 PM
I used to own a tb who had very touche feet, a typical tb characteristic I guess. I did once use a really terrible farrier on a few occasions when I owned this guy and he would always be sore after trims.
Does your horse normally have sounded issues? Do you have him on supplements?
    05-22-2008, 03:07 AM
Originally Posted by Bucky's Buddy
Gee, I got no idea of how I could stay off him for three weeks......I have gone over a year without riding, p.s. We don't own horses, and havn't since I was two, eleven years ago. Do you think the sole could desensitize after a while, or maybe recede into the hoof?? We were going to go for a trail ride tomorrow!

Rewording the question won't gain you a different response.

In short, that horse don't need to be rode for a while.


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