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    03-25-2010, 12:27 AM
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Shoe Loss Help

I have one of those horses who loses shoes constantly.
He's a Thoroughbred with a history of hoof issues. He has pretty funky-built hooves in front that never really fully recovered from founder. He does fine as long as his shoes are on, but can't go without them for anything.
His feet are really screwy right now and losing shoes left and right. He is on Grand Hoof daily and I have just started up applying Rain Maker every other day. He wears shoes with clips, but it doesn't appear to be enough. Is there anything else I can be doing (that won't break the bank) to keep those shoes on? Or are we doomed?


Thanks a million for any and all help
     
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    03-25-2010, 12:37 AM
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Trained
Find a different farrier! If you get the foot flat and clinch the nails tight and have the shoe fitted properly you won't lose shoes very often.
     
    03-25-2010, 12:43 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
Find a different farrier! If you get the foot flat and clinch the nails tight and have the shoe fitted properly you won't lose shoes very often.
I agree 100%! When you have a good farrier it's pretty rare you loose a shoe.
     
    03-25-2010, 12:58 AM
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We use the best farrier in the area, really..he probably could be a little bit better, but he's the best available.

My whole area is kind of weird about...well, everything. There's basically one good farrier and one good vet and one good boarding place..with no competition, and they're each the best available but not exceptionally great.
It's frustrating.

Is there anything else I can do?
     
    03-25-2010, 01:00 AM
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Trained
How many times have shoes fallen off in the last year? Last shoeing?
     
    03-25-2010, 01:18 AM
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I believe three times, only in about the last two months (around here they call this the lost shoe season)
Basically he lost one, then a little bit of time passed, then he lost another and the next came off within a few days (even though the farrier checked it when he came to replace the other one and said it looked just fine) and betting the next one is due to come off pretty soon.
He's currently one-shoed, waiting around for Mr. Popular Farrier to get out.
He wasn't due to be shod for two more weeks.
     
    03-25-2010, 01:25 AM
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Trained
A horses hooves only grow about 3/8 of an inch per month and the y grow from the top so I would think that his hooves have not changed all that much in the last two months. I think you have a farrier problem not a hoof problem. He may have been in a hurry as a lot of farriers over schedule which is why they are always late or it could be something else. If he has a good reputation then give him another try but if you have the same problem on the next set of shoes give him the boot and use the second best farrier around. I bet if you shopped around you could find another decent farrier. There are alot of people in California!
     
    03-25-2010, 01:39 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by rockyxpony    
We use the best farrier in the area, really..he probably could be a little bit better, but he's the best available.

My whole area is kind of weird about...well, everything. There's basically one good farrier and one good vet and one good boarding place..with no competition, and they're each the best available but not exceptionally great.
It's frustrating.

Is there anything else I can do?
I have the same problem here, it's hard to find people who specialize in anything and that do the job really well. And if I do find someone they normally have to many other people so they won't come out.

I used to have a similar problem with a farrier, but I found a new one after searching forever. Every shoe he puts on, stays on until he takes it off. It's great!!

Could you use easy boots? That's what I'm going to try...
     
    03-25-2010, 02:08 AM
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The reason people say that here is because we get really intense mud where I live and it is very rainy. It gets to a point where there is constantly a very thick layer of mud through the winter and then in spring it finally starts slowly drying up and gets to be this thick gooey crap that basically constantly yanks on their hooves when they walk through the mud.
Adding that to the fact that they are bad hooves in general it ends up being a pretty icky situation for shoes.
     
    03-25-2010, 03:01 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Can we see these bad hooves? It could help.
     

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