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post #1 of 10 Old 07-23-2010, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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My horse keeps losing his shoe!

I have had this horse for about five years now and have never had so many problems with his feet before. He actually had amazing feet and pretty much went barefoot for most of his life.

I moved to a new farm and started using their farrier, he even commented on how perfect his feet were. However, with summer being so dry his feet began chipping away in chucks and cracking in the middle on the front hooves. I decided to put front shoes on, everything went well for about three weeks than he lost his front right shoe. The farrier came out and put it back on, the very next day is was gone. So he came again, and again the very next day the same foot was missing a shoe. So right now he only has the one shoe on (which has been on for the entire 5-6 weeks) and now the farrier is coming back out to trim and refit all of his hooves. I am concerned to even try to put front shoes on, but if I don't his feet will begin to crack and chip to the point I can't ride.

Oh and the hoof is not torn at the nail holes, it is like the shoe just disappeared. The hoof was actually it perfect shape the next day.

So any advice? Is it the farrier, he puts shoes on other horses up there and they don't seem to have a problem with losing their shoes. If he was overreaching wouldn't it affect both shoes, it is strictly just the right one. And if he is getting it caught on the wire fencing, what can I do? He lives outside 24/7 and the field is huge, I haven't been able to spot the missing shoes however I have checked some of the fence line and by his run in.

I provided a picture, I am not sure if it is helpful. It was soon after he got shoes put on before he lost the one.

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-23-2010, 01:38 PM
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maby he doesnt need shoes? sorry i wasnt helpful!
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-23-2010, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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I would rather keep him barefoot, however I only got shoes put on because his feet are cracking so badly in this dry weather. I was getting scared to ride because whenever I would be done he would have a new chip. And I do apply hoof oil a couple times week.

Thank you for the comment though :)

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-23-2010, 02:05 PM
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First of all - hoof condition comes from the inside, putting some oil on them is going to do very little if anything - consider talking to your vet or farrier about a nutritional plan to help his hooves.
Second of all, shoes should stay on if your farrier is doing a good job. Consider talking to another farrier about this and maybe switching farriers.
If your horse is actually one of those horses that can't keep shoes on then first of all put a set of those pull on bell boots on him and then you're really going to have to work hard to improve his hoof condition through feeding.

Good luck!
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-23-2010, 02:07 PM
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o no problem but yes skippy my horse he hates going on the rocks well whenever he did not have shoes he appsulutly hated it cause it hurt his feet really bad so what kind of horse do you have?
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Had the same problem when I was using a stand-in farrier for my 3..the farrier I was using temporarly wasnt clinching them tight enough or wasnt shaping the back of the shoe so it wouldnt catch on something (he was a good farrier but hadnt been doing it long). While it was fine with 2 of my kept losing his normal farrier said it was probably because of the clinching of the nails wasnt as tight as she normal did and/or she always rounds (pounds) the back of the shoe in somewhat to ensure it shaped to the curve of the I making sense? When she went back to doing them they were fine again....
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-23-2010, 04:47 PM
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yes ur making sense and what's you horses name?
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-25-2010, 06:11 AM
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I have the same promble with my guy he always loses his rigth shoe.He pulls it all the time so im going to try bell boots on him
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-25-2010, 09:52 AM
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If a horse consistently pulls one shoe, it can mean that the horse consistently overreaches on that side. It's conventional shoeing wisdom to leave a shoe slightly wider and longer than the hoof towards the heel to allow the hoof to expand; however, with some horses, you just can't do this.

One of my current horses has a similiar problem, and my farrier solved it by shortening one branch of that shoe and not leaving any shoe past the heel on that side. Might look odd or incorrect to another observer, but the horse now keeps his shoes on between appointments and no longer wears bell boots.

Bells boots are a good short term solution, but I think you need to have a conversation with your farrier, and really look at the way your horse moves, and figure out the mechanism by which he's pulling the shoe. If your farrier isn't open to the conversation, well, then, you need a new farrier. But I'd give this guy another chance, three shoeings isn't a lot of time for a farrier to figure out all the quirks of a particular horse.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-25-2010, 01:14 PM
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hi - I am in MD too and having issues with my horses feet this year. Cracks, dry feet, chips, just all around crappy looking feet. My farrier, who does a great job, said he has been seeing this all summer so far. Fly overpopulation causing them to stamp their feet more and the drier ground is really having a harsh effect on their feet. I have started applying Rainmaker and I am thinking about getting a hoof supplement. Only issue is, only one of my horses gets "grain". The others are living on pasture and hay.

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