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post #1 of 8 Old 08-08-2010, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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hooves short, lame!

Hey everyone, I just have one quick question.

My 4 year old horse is currently in training but on Wednesday I had her hooves trimmed but the farrier ended up cutting her too short. Suffice it to say, she's been lame since then. I can't lunge her, ride her...and that is not good for her training, lol. My farrier is supposed to come out tonight to put shoes on her, but my horse has never had shoes before. For the sake of continuing in her training, is shoeing her my best option?

Thanks so much for your input!
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-08-2010, 01:17 PM
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If it were my horse I wouldn't put shoes on her just for the sake of training. Giving her a little time off for her feet to grow won't hurt anything and you can pick up training again at any time. Not to mention your farrier is the one who trimmed her too short do you really want him to be the one to put shoes on her? I'd look into a new farrier.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-08-2010, 01:23 PM
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If it were my horse I wouldn't put shoes on her just for the sake of training. Giving her a little time off for her feet to grow won't hurt anything and you can pick up training again at any time. Not to mention your farrier is the one who trimmed her too short do you really want him to be the one to put shoes on her? I'd look into a new farrier.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-08-2010, 02:11 PM
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Ditto what they said. Also, until she's comfortable again, maybe get a pair of Cavallo boots or something to cushion her hooves.

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post #5 of 8 Old 08-08-2010, 04:57 PM
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Here is a website you might want to check out. Equicast.com. I have used the product on sore feet and it work for the horse I used it on.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-08-2010, 04:59 PM
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My vote: hoof boots!
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-08-2010, 05:06 PM
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It's very easy to trim a horse to short and sore its feet. I wouldn't be to hard on a farrier that did that. Putting shoes on will make your horse much more comfortable and is something a horse should learn anyway.

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-08-2010, 05:14 PM
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I wouldn't use that farrier again, that's for sure... It IS hard to make a horse so short that they're lame when they're used to going barefoot and normally have no problems. A horse might be a bit ouchy for a day afterward if the farrier takes a bit too much off, but if the horse is sore for longer than that, then the farrier did something wrong...

I would get some Durasole or Venice Turpentine and treat the bottoms of her feet daily until her feet feel better. Some hoof boots might not be a bad idea if you have a store nearby that sells them, but if you have to order them, her feet may be back to normal by the time they get to you, lol.
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