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        03-17-2013, 11:40 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    The owners are old, not very horsey people. They love their horses and would do anything to make sure he is safe.

    Yes, they made a mistake but it is being remedied as best to our abilities.
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        03-17-2013, 11:48 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Sorry, but this whole thing is so conflicting. Were his feet left untouched since the summer up until 2 weeks ago when he got the trim?
         
        03-17-2013, 11:54 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Sorry, allow me to explain.

    Yes, they were. This was the first time (that I know of) that they ever used shoes. They thought the shoes would help the horse's ligaments from the arena which is mostly sand, and our tractor can't till it deep enough for it to do anything worth while we do polo as well, to clarify that point.

    They had another event in october that they had to go to, at the end. I don't know what all happened during that time, as I was in NY. But I do know that they have made efforts to contact the farrier but were unable to have him out here.

    It was not done purposefully or with malicious intent. I think they were just ignorant, as the owner is not as horsey knowledgable as her family members, who are on the other side of the state.
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        03-17-2013, 11:56 PM
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    Yearling
    But I am going to state that if the word abuse or negligence gets tossed around some more, I will ask that the mods kindly close this.

    I asked for knowledge, and where to go from here to FIX the problem.
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        03-17-2013, 11:58 PM
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    Yearling
    The first post was rather confusing. This made more sense. Thank you for clarifying.
         
        03-17-2013, 11:59 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    I apologize for the confusion. I circumvent a lot, and sometimes important information gets burried.

    I personally don't know a thing about hooves, shoes or whatever except basic information, otherwise I would have paid for it myself.
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        03-18-2013, 12:17 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    If he wasn't trimmed for a long time, then his hooves are problably going through some changes, now that they are trimmed.
    Maybe an abcess brewing ??
    It would be like new feet for him and everything needs to adjust.
    Just my thoughts.
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        03-18-2013, 01:01 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    My instructor will take a look next week and see where to go from there. He has never been like this post trim before... I didn't see anything strange with his hoof, but we shall see.
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        03-18-2013, 02:00 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    The truth as I see it as a hoof care provider.

    If the horse has basically went 7 months without any kind of a trim or hoof care at all and had shoes on the whole time till recently to boot, Id expect soreness and some very bad feet. The horse probably has infected frogs with long toes and under run heels and just overall poor hoof form. Probably some bad thrush and/or and abscess brewing. Show us pictures and we can tell you more specifically.

    Here is the hard part to hear but the truth no matter how you try to hide from it. I believe recognizing the truth for the truth is always the best. It is the only way things change. Plus it may help someone else in the future reading this post recognize that they cannot allow a horse to go 7 months without hoof care no matter what the reason, because whether out of simple ignorance or actual intent, it IS neglect. Neglect is the failure to fill a need plain and simple. Neglect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia There is no way to paint that into a pretty picture and im sorry. It is what it is.

    BUT! Now they know and you know and it never needs to happen again. Done.
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        03-18-2013, 02:48 PM
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    Yearling
    I can get pictures next weekend when I see him.

    They don't usually check their feet. They feed and watch them and check on them, but they don't ride and never really take them out. His toes are still long, but my instructor said that's all he could do until an actual farrier could get out and get him in proper shape. All he knew was basic hoof work and didn't want to get too deep and risk damage.

    I don't know if he told them about Shooter needing a farrier though to get off that excess. So I'm not sure how to bring it up. I know they will likely listen, but they might deflect. When I told them he was limping they thought he was kicked. When I said there was no heat or swelling, they still thought it was a kick.

    Maybe I will remind my instructor and have him remind them, as a farrier needs to come out anyway for another horse out there. If I need to I will pay for the trimming.
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