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post #1 of 17 Old 03-18-2017, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof problems?

Hello! I just recently joined as I have a question. I recently bought a new horse. He is perfect in every way, but had had shoes his entire life. When I took him for a ride, he was stumbling a ton. Upon further inspection at home, I realized his back feet were so long that his heels were taking the bulk of the weight while his toe just kept growing. He was literally walking on his heels. Farrier came out and trimmed what he could as well as pulled shoes but said he'd have to gradually trim the rest so he didn't cut through the overgrown sole. I've been riding this horse 1-2 miles on a gravel road daily and he's still stumbling everywhere for the first half mile or so and then he finally starts walking normal, or as normal as it gets. You can tell he's ouchy. I don't know if it's because he's tenderfooted or the length or something else but I would prefer keeping him barefoot (and sound) if at all possible. Should I keep riding him daily to help toughen his feet or give him rest? Im usingong keratex as well as putting him on hoof supplements. Is there anything else I can do?
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post #2 of 17 Old 03-18-2017, 11:33 PM
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If the horse has always been shod it takes them a while to toughen their feet up. Some horses are always tender footed and need shoes or hoof boots no matter how long they've been barefoot.

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post #3 of 17 Old 03-19-2017, 12:09 AM
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Can you post hoof pictures?
From what you say, it sound like he needs rehabilitative hoof trimming, which is done over time, allowing internal structures to heal, that were stressed by the high heels and long toes.
This has to take place, before you even worry about him riding sound on all ground
From what you say, I assume he has some soundness issues, due tot hat long standing neglect, which sounds like leaving shoes on too long between re sets, was part of the problem
I picture a horse with long under run heels and stretched forward toes, which leads to navicular syndrome.
I don't get over grown sole, unless there is a lot of dead retained sole, which should be removed
Far as riding, depends if he is sound, and I would use hoof boots for now, while he is under going corrective trimming
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Thank you both! I will get hoof pictures tomorrow. His back feet were definitely the worst, his heels are very underrun and his toes were extremely long. The farrier said itd take a few rounds before we could get that under control but I'm just unsure whether to leave him in the pasture or keep exercising him lightly. I can definitely buy him some hoof boots, but it'd be a couple weeks before I'd be able to as I'm going out of town soon. I am also going to buy durasole tomorrow as I've read that helps as well. He's on vita-biotin crumbles a well as weight gaining supplements. His spine and hips are a bit too defined for my liking.
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Hi,

From what you are describing, I wouldn't be riding him right now. If he has recently gone from shod to barefoot he will need some time to adjust. It would be one thing if he had great feet and you pulled the shoes, but to have the feet you describe and pull the shoes will take some time. Pictures will help.

If he is out of shape and thin or under muscled, it would be best not to ride him until he is in better shape. If he has been stumbling allot, that is a sure sign that he is weak and his feet hurt. So, if it was me, I wouldn't ride until he was better. Have you had him examined by a veterinarian? It would be a good idea if you haven't.

How old is this horse? What kind of horse? What was his life like before you?
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He's a 13 year old 16hh grade gelding. I'm thinking he's quarter horse. He kinda has a jumper body though. I'm going to get pictures when I go out to put his keratex on and give him his supplements. Before, he was in a little pasture with four other horses and hadn't been ridden for a couple months. They used to take him in the mountains though. He got fed twice a day and I don't know how often he was trimmed or anything else. Here, he is in a large pasture with five mares and is free fed an alfalfa/grass mix and given supplements once a day.
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post #7 of 17 Old 03-19-2017, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Here are pics of front and back hooves
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post #9 of 17 Old 03-20-2017, 01:09 AM
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Can you get a picture of the entire horse as well?

I am not an expert and only know what I have learned about my horse's feet.

To me the toes look really long and the hoof itself looks like it is dished in. I understand your farrier doesn't want to do to much at a time and I am not a farrier, so I can't comment to that. Hoof boots would be good, something like the Clouds by EasyCare. But I think it would be hard to fit for boots with the feet like that.

I think the best thing you could do right now is have a vet exam and some good digital radiographs done of the feet and go from there.

I would not ride him at all for now.

There are experienced farriers on this site that can help you more. I can only suggest that you don't ride and get a Vet involved.

Good luck. He sounds like a really nice horse.
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post #10 of 17 Old 03-20-2017, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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This is the only one I have of his whole body right now. I'll add better ones later.
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