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    08-22-2009, 03:26 PM
Morgan's on stall rest-----NEED ADVICE

My new horse Morgan is on stall rest until I can get front shoes put on her. I had the vet out last night, because she's been really sore in the front, especially in the right front. He said that with her being allowed 24/7 turnout, and the ground being unusually damp, her hooves have gotten soft. She has stone bruising to both fronts, and her hoofwall has started to separate from her sole on the right front. He cleaned all the gravel out, and said to put shoes on the fronts, and she should be 100% in no time. He also said to cut back her feed drastically, as the past 4 years of too much sweet feed, unlimited hay, and unlimited grazing have made her too heavy. She is now only to get 1 flake of hay in the am, 2 cups of sweet feed at night with her supplement and 1 flake of hay, and limited grazing. She will no longer be allowed 24/7 turnout. I am going to do everything the vet says and follow his directions religiously, but is there anything else I can be doing to help her? I was thinking about switching her to straight oats over time, as I really do not see the need for sweet feed, since she gets the best hay and grass. I am a new horse mom, and any advice/suggestions would be much appreciated. I am also planning on getting her a grazing muzzle, at the vets suggestion.
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    08-22-2009, 03:45 PM
Green Broke
I'm not really a fan of either sweet feed or straight oats. Are you feeding grass or alfalfa hay?
    08-22-2009, 03:49 PM
Their hay is a mixture of grass/alfalfa. I'm really wanting to switch her feed, but with an injury and her being on stall rest, and such a MAJOR change in her schedule, I'm worried that now might be the worst time to change.
    08-22-2009, 04:19 PM
I don't have a problem with sweet feed (actually a mixture of sweet and pellets that I concocted) but aside from that, any time is a good time as long as you do it slowly. When I get a new horse in, if possible I get a few pounds (15 - 20 if possible) of their current feed. Over the next week or two, I'll mix their feed and my feed, starting with a higher mixture of their old feed and by the end of the week or so, I've increased the proportions so that they are strictly on my feed.

I've gotten in quite a few horses over the years that didn't come with their original feed and in that case I just started feeding my mixture but in a low quantity, building up the amount each feeding until I had it where I wanted it for that particular horse.
    08-22-2009, 04:37 PM
Thanks Iride. I may do that. Does anyone have any suggestions on a good feed to put her on? She's 11 years old, has been a pasture puff for at least 4, and is going to be starting a conditioning program soon, followed by off site full training board. I want to give her the best.
    08-22-2009, 07:26 PM
Bumpity bump.....anyone???
    08-25-2009, 03:12 AM
Just a little update......Morgan is getting her front shoes Wednesday morning, and will be able to resume(drastically reduced) grazing time Thursday. I am looking for recommendations on supplements and feed. She is currently on MSM, and I want to start a hoof supplement that will make her feed harder, such as Hoofflex. I am also looking for suggestions as to what would be a good feed to put her on. She has no need for sweet feed, according to my vet. Last but not least, ideas for a conditioning program would be very helpful. She needs to lose about 50-100 pounds before she goes to training. Any ideas would be much appreciated!
    08-25-2009, 05:27 PM
I doubt that the 24/7 turnout did the harm to her feet. Actually, I totally disagree unless it means the horse is standing forever in mud and water only; then you might have an issue.

Diet and farrier care are the problems. Full turnout is good for horses. Movement keeps them healthy overall including their hooves. Many, many horses can live quite well on free-choice hay and/or pasture. Mineral and salt needs to be available. I don't like sweet-feed either; any high-energy, high-carb supplements are unnecessary in my opinion. HOWEVER, you must consider that in my world, horses don't work very hard. They are not in training, do not compete, don't pull, drive or work in general. Most weeks it's 4 hours of easy riding only. So, if an exercise program comes into play, you may need to re-evaluate.

Her hoof wall is not separating because of the damp ground. It's probably too long or not trimmed properly or general maintenance is not right for her. Can you post pics? Putting shoes on already soft hooves, will not make them stronger, it will make them weaker. It will not allow a callus to grow or the hoof to move. Can you give her a turnout area that has some harder ground? There are lots of reasons why you could have problems and lots of possible solutions. I think shoes will only mask what is really going on.
    08-25-2009, 07:06 PM
I thought the same way you did, until the vet(3 actually) informed me as to why these things were happening. He said the majority of it was the fact that she is too heavy, and the ground isn't muddy, but it is very wet. She's been a pasture puff for over 4 years, getting 4 cups of sweet feed daily, unlimited hay, and unlimited grazing. To me, for a horse that isn't doing anything, that's way too much. At this point, she's not as tender as she was, and the stone bruising is going away. I know nothing of her care prior to getting her(I've only had her a month), but I spoke with the farrier that's been trimming her for 4 years, and he guaranteed me that she was getting trimmed every 6 weeks. I am going to get her started on a hoof supplement to help strengthen her feet, and see how she does with the front shoes the vet said she needed.
    08-25-2009, 08:35 PM
Well, good luck with the shoes. What's going to be the biggest help for her though is your change in diet and activity for her. You're right that she's definitely been living large and that hasn't helped. Hopefully once you get her back in shape, her feet will follow suit.

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