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post #21 of 45 Old 12-19-2012, 05:53 AM
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Poor horse needs to have a real farrier see him. :(


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post #22 of 45 Old 12-19-2012, 09:52 PM
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I see no indications of any lamanitis or founder -- only evidence of toes that are waaaay too long. This is one tough horse if it does not have navicular syndrome / heel pain / sore deep flexor tendons!

About an inch of foot needs to come off, the heels need to be taken completely down and the toes of the shoes need to be set back -- a bunch. That and a new farrier (seen more frequently) should fix this poor old war-horse right up.

If it were not for poor care, he looks like he has really good feet. For being this long, there is no dish, no broken out nails, no cracks; they are really solid and strong looking feet that have survived in spite of everyone. His soundness is on borrowed time if he does not get his feet shortened and 'stood up'.
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post #23 of 45 Old 12-19-2012, 11:27 PM
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I see no indications of any lamanitis or founder --
There are different ideas and perceptions of it, but how high the hairline rides up around the pastern - or alternately how 'sunken' the bony column is in relation to the capsule is one indication that gave me the idea.

I wouldn't be willing to say anything at all specific about trimming from just that one pic, but I'd think it a fair bet there is nowhere near 1" excess wall on the ground surface(sole's probably flattish). I imagine there may be closer to 2" to come off the front end tho!

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If it were not for poor care, he looks like he has really good feet. For being this long, there is no dish, no broken out nails, no cracks; they are really solid and strong looking feet that have survived in spite of everyone.
Yep & it's often these stoic horses that 'never have a problem' but then 'suddenly, out of the blue, for no apparent reason' mysteriously develop the worst issues! People need to be more educated about the big picture, not just wall integrity.
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Lack of care leads to this, nothing else. For sure some might grow longer in the toe faster, however the owner should have the farrier out more frequently. There's no excuse for this whatsoever.

My horse has crap feet, I pay my farrier $200 every 6 weeks. It's bites, but if I don't like it, I could always get a hardy shoeless QH who sees a farrier every 8 weeks instead.
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post #25 of 45 Old 12-20-2012, 01:35 AM
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under run heels. Poor farrier work. I have an old gelding where they leave too much toe, and he gets no heels, Google under run heels in horses, or google
How to correctly trim or shoe a horse hoof.
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post #26 of 45 Old 12-20-2012, 04:31 AM
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Lack of care leads to this, nothing else.
Alex, that's just not correct & in this particular case, granted it's not a great pic, but it looks to me like the horse may well see a farrier regularly - just a really bad farrier.

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Wow! I bet that 'bites', but if he has such crap feet, I'd be having the farrier out more frequently than 6 weekly & look at addressing the problems more effectively. There's probably a lot more to it than what the farrier deals with just below the fetlocks.
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post #27 of 45 Old 12-21-2012, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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I don't think my SIL posted anymore pics. But I think she was videotaping from its back on a trail ride and posted it. I didn't ask her if that was the same horse. But I DO know that almost all of these horses are donated to the ranch. Because she made the comment of how some ppl will donate a horse that isn't rideable, and they will take it to the suction for the money. So maybe someone donated that horse because it had foot problems??...
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Horse *AUCTION* not suction lol. Thank you auto-correct.
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Sounds like the owners are very sensible folks.....under these circumstances it might actually be neglect......
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It's a very large summer camp on over 500 acres. The riding stable is only a fraction of the activities offered with over 20,000 youth and adults annually. That's why I was surprised that the barn managers would let this horse be ridden. I'm sure animal rights activists would check in on a place this big.?
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