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    01-01-2009, 08:50 PM
I was trying to take these pictures by myself holding a camera in one hand the hoof in the other.
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    01-01-2009, 09:07 PM
Here is some more information in detail

I purchased this mare in August. She had front shoes on. We had the shoes removed around September 15th and feet trimmed. She had not lameness problems in the 5 months that I have had her, except for a small cut on the ankle caused from getting tangled in the barb wire fence in August. She healed quickly from the cut had never missed a beat.

I had the mare's feet trimmed a second time approx. November 25th from the same farrier that had previous trimmed her feet before. We had no soundness problems until approx. December 17th. The mare was treated as if she had a sprained foot and she did not improve. On Dec. 23rd, while trying to be loaded on a trailer to see a vet the heel of the hoof had busted and crud was oozing out. Again the mare was treated differently to treat an infection. Over 5 days of treatment, we notice conciderable improvement. It has been 4 days since the last treatment and again she is improving. From time to time we will see the mare trying to keep pressure off the heel or move with a gimp in her stride. Other times she will seem to act normal with out any problems at all.

The mare is still tender at the spot where the abcess had busted. I checked her today and she would flinch at pressure being put on the area by my thumb.

The only reason why I am asking if it is a farrier problem is because, in the two times that he had trimmed her feet, looked like he left them a little long. Even 4 weeks later, I had a friend mentioned that she needed her feet trimmed again.
    01-01-2009, 09:14 PM
IMO, those hooves are in bad shape. They are too long in the toe. I can see major flaring. If this is what they look like a few weeks after trimming then you need to change trimmers or do them yourself.. You will have more abscesses until they are trimmed correctly.. Please look at this site to see how barefoot hooves should look.
    01-01-2009, 09:22 PM
I agree. Her feet look awful, I would consider looking into other farriers because there is way too much toe on that mare. It doesn't sound like you have had her too long, and it does take time to get feet back in shape. Get your farrier, or a new one, to work with her, maybe every 6 weeks to get that toe backed up. If you look at her foot from the side, there should be no dish from the coronary band to the bottom, it should be the same angle. I would also look into some hoof supplements to help it grow out healthy. Good luck!
    01-01-2009, 09:26 PM
If I'm reading this correctly, you've had her five months and trimmed her hooves twice. I'd think that you'd want to have the farrier out at least every six weeks or so, especially since you recently changed from shoes to being unshod. When I look at her feet, it makes me hurt. They look way too long and flared as Appyt mentioned. I'd also want to make sure that those hooves are being trimmed in such a manner that those chips and cracks don't worsen. Can you get a recommendation for a good farrier?

If her feet hurt to the touch you can just about bet there's still infection or some swelling in there.
    01-03-2009, 08:05 PM
Another agreement here -- get her feet properly looked after. Toes are way too long, flaring, heels are forward. No wonder she is sore. Poor girl. I hope you can help her.
    01-04-2009, 08:09 AM
I agree with everyone else, I didn't think it would be that bad from the original post. After seeing her hooves, I think it probably is the general hoof care she has gotten. I am not blaming you but I would have a farrier out at least every 6 weeks to try to get the toe shortened up and the heel straightened out. It almost looks like she has had VERY overgrown hooves in her recent history and they are just now beginning to grow properly. That website that Appyt posted is great.
    01-05-2009, 04:14 PM
I do apperciate all of the comments. I am looking into getting another farrier out and calling around for reccomendations.

I really have good intentions to keep this mare up to date on everything and to provide the best care as possible. Really I did not expect to see this much toe left on the hoof to begin with, and after the second trimming from this farrier I have realy decided that it is time for a change.

I will keep yall posted.
    01-05-2009, 05:27 PM
Some hoof supplements wouldn't hurt either, they look pretty dry.
    01-08-2009, 11:19 AM
After looking at these photos I still stand by my original post.

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