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post #1 of 43 Old 01-15-2011, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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One horse whose feet are always a battle

Anyone else have a horse who just plainly has bad feet? My Lisa gets the same care that Jade gets, but I'm always fighting thrush, bacteria in her walls and a rough sole. Granted, Lisa came to me as a rescue already lame, bowed tendons and undernourished, but she's been here for years now (5 or so). Is this what the future holds for this horse forever?
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post #2 of 43 Old 01-15-2011, 04:28 PM
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For 20 years we've had awesome durable trail horses that always went barefoot. Paso Finos, Missouri Fox Trotters, Quarter Horses, etc. Recently we've acquired Thoroughbreds, one has good feet and the other has very weak feet. It's been a constant struggle keeping him sound. A few weeks after we bought him he started pulling shoes, so we got special clips put on his shoes. Then he got an abcess, vet thinks from a dirty nail. Then, after 2 months of being unrideable from those problems, another horse kicked him and gave him a deep cut on the inside of his leg, it got infected within 12 hours, and he's been unrideable for a few weeks with that now. He hasn't been sound since September, which sucks, because we need to be getting ready for eventing season.

Never buy a horse with bad feet, it sucks.
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Thanks, E. I know I would never take this same horse in now. I look at a horse's feet right off the bat and Lisa would certainly fail my current standards.

I did rescue her, no doubt, and I had low expectations which she has far exceeded, but when my son asked me who else would have taken her, I said probably no one and realized that at this point now, I wouldn't even have brought her home. Ya, I'm definitely tired of her feet and I'm convinced that she will one day have to be put down due to lameness. Other than her feet, she is such an easy keeper, never seems to get seriously hurt (knock on wood) and stoic about any little bumps and nicks she does get. I must learn to focus on how little I really do have to do for her after all.
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what is her diet like?? do you have GOOD pictures of her feet from ground level front, sides and soles??

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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PeggySue, thanks but I'm not looking for help with her feet. Just whining. As I said, my other horse is fine. Other horses I have had in the past were fine. Lisa is just difficult.
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each horse is unique... I have four here adn three can go bare just fine but one can't. What I have found with her is that her nutrition level is a tad higher then the other three

I use a ration balancer at 1 1/2 lbs with her as well as remission and MSM and that "seems" to be working at the moment

my other three do great on 1lb and nothing extra.

that is the reason I was asking about diet.

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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Beau used to have TERRIBLE feet until I moved him to our property... now I can really micro-manage them, which helps.

It seemed he ALWAYS had thrush at the boarding barn, I visited him him atleast 5-6 days a week... always had to put kopertox in his hooves. It got so bad I resorted to packing his feet with thrush magic and cotton. He would be lame for weeks from it.

He also could not keep his shoes on, rarely did he go the 6 weeks between shoeings without losing one or both of his fronts.

Since he's been home, we haven't had any trouble with him - I think it's a combo between better ground (very little mud) and a better diet.

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My horses are barefoot. I have already emailed my trimmer about adding a supplement. I could only reasonably add supplements because Lisa is already fat on hay and 12%.

Anyone else out there with more than one horse that has one that's just more hoof-demanding than others?
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Northen have you tried a ration balancer??? That is what has worked best for Sassy

only 1lb a day and has amino acids and biotin already in it... runs about 50 cents a day on average and you don't need any other additive to get most to eat it

see Ontario would be Argi Brand Purina's Equalizer, Step 7 I think it is called, All Phase or maybe Buckeye's Gro N Win

Sassy's problem is thin soles and none growing so I am looking at different challenge then yours but since changing to a ration balancer I have had ZERO thrush and I have a pond they all stand in when it is wet and mud out my hiney.. my proptery sits inside corn/bean fields and they are all "higher" ground so I get all the run off ... in the spring my stalls have standing water

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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i am really frustrated with my mare because she has 3 really nice feet that can go with out shoes, but one that just gets more tender that needs a shoe. grrr i want a barefoot horse !!! im gonna tack her front shoes back on even though i only pulled them 4 weeks ago. she hasnt been lame or anything but i can tell the LF is tender. we also dont have a lot of snow this year and the ground is really hard and icy, so that doesnt help.

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