I'm new here, I actually signed up just because I'm so desperately searching for answers that I decided to post here and see if anyone had any tips. I ride a horse, Bubba, who is not mine but might as well be. His owner lives very far away, pays for his feed and board but hardly rides. He's not uncaring, he just doesn't know much... Anyway, I'm in love with this boy, have been since the second I met him. He's an 8yo massive 16+hh paint ex reining horse, super smart and driven but like an ADHD child in a horse's body. We have been doing so well with training, he has completely blossomed. I had been working with him on trail until he began throwing shoes every other week. His hooves were getting so short I decided to just let him go barefoot so that his hooves could grow out and only ride him in the soft arena until I could find a solution, but the problem has only gotten worse. Now, he is lame and his hooves are cracked pretty badly. His owner says he can't go barefoot or else he instantly goes lame.
Now, because this isn't my horse I really don't have a say in who his vet and farrier are. I know this problem may be just a bit out of the ranch farrier's expertise but she is a family friend and...well, that's just not going to end well so before I go blaming her skills, I'm searching for another solution. I've bought a biotin supplement plus some flaxsnax with biotin and I'm going to start treating his hooves with a topical hoof treatment as much as I possibly can. But the biotin stuff is currently en route in the mail.
Is there anything specific I should try, any wonder treatment or product? The poor guy is limping so badly that I can't exercise him so we have been doing trick training (no riding or much walking) so he will have some form of stimulation, but I can tell he needs more. He's incredibly high energy and he needs exercise! I'm just at a complete loss. I'm pretty advanced in my riding and training abilities, however I know only the basics, hardly even that, about hoof care. Usually, I tell my clients when there's a problem and the vet and/or farrier work it out but that's not possible in this situation since the owner knows like...nothing aside from how to stay on, and that his horse needs to eat every day.
If you guys have any tips please send them my way. I'll take anything I can get.
I'm just curious about the bold. If you know you aren't supposed to have any say in his hoof care, why did you take his shoes off? Did you even consult the owner?
I live far from my horse, and my friend looks after my horse. If she had done what you did, I would kill her (Sorry Amanda
Now it sounds as though his feet are in bad health, likely trimmed too short, and possibly not strong enough to be without the support shoes provide.
For pulling his shoes off, my horse did that when the farrier set them back to encourage his heels to come down. He had to wear over reach boots 24/7 and even then sometimes he got them off.
My advice? Find a different farrier and get some shoes back on him to where he is comfortable. As for his foot health, the best thing to do is talk to the owner about putting him on a hoof supplement.
Now I'm saying this all without any pictures of his feet, so I could be wrong.
But in future, do not make any decisions concerning this horse without consulting and getting approval from the owner.