Originally Posted by myheartandsoul View Post
But I'm too young to really call the shots when it comes to telling my parents when to call the farrier, they think I am overreacting,
Out of interest, how young is 'too young'? Don't tell if you don't want to. On that note, I'd do a bit of homework & show your parents what you've discovered & tell them some of the signs, best practices, etc. They might then also think of you as mature enough to discuss it. On average, 4-6 weeks is an appropriate trim schedule for most horses. Some can go a bit longer, but most are overgrown enough to benefit from a trim by 6 weeks. Leaving them to get too overgrown before trimming tends to cause feet to gradually get worse, as the farrier then will be chasing his tail in correcting problems, rather than maintaining health.
He gets bad thrush so I try to keep his feet dry as possible right? Wrong, as I just found out.[/quote]
Don't know where/what you 'just found out' but yes, a dry environment is best. Horse's feet don't cope too well in damp or wet environs and will be softer & weaker, although it doesn't hurt at all to get them wet regularly.
My dad keeps saying he isn't sore so obviously fine but this chunk that chipped off my horse's foot so high
Sounds like you are possibly overreacting a bit, but at the same time, I'd look on that as a sign that his feet probably need more frequent care, and there may be other factors too - eg. healthy feet don't tend to chip very high if they're only a little overlong, so the laminae may be separated or such. Your dad's comment about not being sore so obviously OK is understandable, but horses are 'programmed' to be rather stoic animals, so just because it's not obvious to a person doesn't mean they are necessarily pain free. Also it's not a very good move to ignore maintenance until such time as the horse is actually lame - that's a good recipe for early retirement from chronic unsoundness.
thinking hoof boots? Does anyone have any suggestions on boots that can help with founder, hoof cracks, and are usable in both jumping and trail rides?
Hoof boots are a great tool, good for protecting & supporting feet when the ground is too rough for what they're up to, when workload is too much for growth to prevent excessive wear, etc. But they cannot treat founder, cracks or any such. They are generally very good for trail riding, but in some instances may not be that suitable for jumping. Generally speaking, the best hoof boot for your horse are the ones that fit the best. Easycare has a lot of info on their site on choosing the most appropriate boot, fitting, etc.
-I can't use water, he gets thrush so I use Thrush buster for that.
- he gets 6 ounces of a biotin supplement (Dumor hoof)
- he is fed in addition to the supplement grass hay about 1 flake or less
- and he is on a very small amount of grass (just very short)
And up until I thought his feet were lookin bad he was doing round pen work to get back into shape and was actually making progress (he had previously been in a large bahaya grass field with high sugars) I think he might me IR?
Don't get the comment about water - why can't you use it & what are you thinking of using it for?
Thrush is an opportunistic infection, meaning it doesn't infect healthy feet, so is a symptom. *It may only be a symptom of constant damp footing or such. Horses with well balanced diets & nutrition are not as susceptible to these type infections, even in the face of 'bad' environments. Biotin is one nutrient which has been shown to help hoof health and growth, but it is one of many which may be deficient or imbalanced, so needing to be supplemented. Other nutrients commonly deficient & especially important for healthy hooves & skin/coat include zinc, copper, magnesium, essential fatty acids, iodine. Feedxl.com is a good & very economical resource for sorting out the confusion of balancing diets.
Re the amount of feed, depends how big the paddock is - he may be getting more than enough from the grass(& overgrazed/stressed is commonly higher in sugar), or maybe he could do with more hay. Can't guess without more info.
Good on you for looking into IR & trying to be proactive - that's much better than waiting for the horse to come down with laminitis before bothering to consider it. As with type 2 diabetes, it's a lifestyle type disease - too many calories & not enough exercise. We can all afford to get a little fat, but it's long term overweight without regular 'bad seasons' to use up those fat stores that tends to cause metabolic problems such as IR. I'd consider a grazing muzzle for him if this is an issue, or strip grazing or otherwise restricting grazing without just leaving him on overgrazed pasture. Alternately you could feed more hay & if it's not tested as low in sugars, soaking for an hour or so & draining it will leach out a lot of the sugars.
If your pony has light pigmented hooves, they tend to be more brittle for some reason
I don't believe this at all & have never experienced anything of the sort. If it were true, horses with light - particularly appys with striped feet - would have died out long ago IMO. According to research, the only difference between different coloured hooves is the pigment, which has no inherent strength or structural properties. I suspect the myth about white feet being weaker came about because you can clearly see any damage, bruising, etc in white hooves, whereas it's hidden in the pigment of dark hooves.