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post #1 of 13 Old 03-28-2011, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Shoeing a freaked out horse

Hi everyone, I have a young horse who has never been shod before (he doesnt need it as he stays in the field and I don't ride him, I work on leadline) He gets barefoot trimmings. His front foot has developed a vertical crack. My dad's friend does farrier work and he showed him pictures of it from the outside and the inside. It's not into the live part of the foot but its on the wall. The man said that he's going to shoe that foot and trim it, and use a sealer to keep it from spreading any further apart. He said it would be around 3 months for it to grow out again. I'm concerned because my horse isn't used to that kind of foot work, he doesn't like trimmings. I know this guy knows what he's doing, he's great with horses, i'm just worried he'll flip out and hurt people. I guess its the mommy in me (lol). Should I be worried? How do farriers handle these situations?
I know one thing, i'd be more scared for the foot to get serious and cause lameness than I am about him getting a shoe put on. I still dread it. Even if i'm out there it's not going to make him any calmer and it might just upset me so i'm thinking I may need to go in the house to avoid getting upset and let the men do their work...
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-28-2011, 06:11 AM
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Before he does anything pick up those feet as if you were cleaning them and use your hand to make a slapping noise on the bottom of his hoof. Helps them get ready for the feeling and the noise.
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This guy doesn't know what he's doing, lol. You do not need to shoe to prevent or grow out cracks. You need to trim the hoof properly (balance it), increase toe breakover/rocker, and seriously beval/roll the wall under the crack, so it doesn't make contact with the ground. Keeping the horse well trimmed every 3-5 weeks will help the majority of cracks grow out nicely without shoes.
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This guy doesn't know what he's doing, lol. You do not need to shoe to prevent or grow out cracks. You need to trim the hoof properly (balance it), increase toe breakover/rocker, and seriously beval/roll the wall under the crack, so it doesn't make contact with the ground. Keeping the horse well trimmed every 3-5 weeks will help the majority of cracks grow out nicely without shoes.
I agree. Though I'm not a farrier, none of our horses are shod. Once in a while they will get a crack in the hoof and it grows out fine. Is he only putting a shoe on the one hoof? That would really unbalance the horse. If he's doing both legs, that's a lot of work for just a crack. If the horse doesn't like just trimming, then that tells you to get busy working with the horse to correct it. It's not the farriers or even a vets responsibility to get the horse to behave. That's the owners job.

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post #5 of 13 Old 03-28-2011, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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I know some people don't agree with the shoe thing but that's what we're doing, im just needing advice on how to prepare him a little more for getting a shoe. Also how long does it take to shoe one foot?
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Also I may not have clarified how big this crack is. It's not just a little chip in the toe it's halfway up the hoof wall and it wont take much longer for it to get into the live part of the foot so we're using the shoe to keep the weight off the wall. This guy does know what he's doing because he cares for his own horses feet and they're all perfectly healthy and he's done a ton.

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Before he does anything pick up those feet as if you were cleaning them and use your hand to make a slapping noise on the bottom of his hoof. Helps them get ready for the feeling and the noise.
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thanks a ton! I'll try that.

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I have grown out cracks that were all the way up the hoof wall, and split pretty bad, without shoes. You should not put just one shoe on a horse. He needs both front feet done. And putting shoes on actually weakens the internal attachment, which makes the crack take longer to grow out (theoretically). I am not a barefoot nazi, I will shoe a horse when necessary. But IMO, a vertical crack that is still narrow and not exposing internal structures does not warrant shoes.
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Pony, I am dating a farrier. I really want to recommend that not just one foot get shoed but both fronts. Or that baby will be way off balance and that's no good.
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I'll see about getting both. I don't want him to be off balance.
Im a barefoot advocate I guess you could say, but this is what we're going to go with, but I do agree that I shouldnt just get one foot shod, i'll get both. After the crack is grown out, will it cause any damage to take off the shoes? As in will his feet be more suseptable and weaker? Thanks

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No. When the crack is healed and it will take a while for this, you can have those shoes off and have him go barefoot. It actually is a lot healthier for their feet to be barefoot. Just have the farrier out enough to make sure the babys feet are strengthening and growing out correctly. If he knows what he is doing there shouldn't be any adverse reactions or repercussions to having the shoes on or off. Good luck
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