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    09-24-2011, 12:25 AM
soft hooves. and two different eye colours

So the horse I'm buying/bought apparently has hooves that arent as hard as most horses and the wall of the hoof isnt as high as usual horses walls on their hooves are if that makes sense and so it's easier for him to get bruising in his hoof and atm where he's living theres alot of rocks in the paddocks and yesterday I went and was going to ride him but both me and the lady I'm buying him off agreed he was way too sore to ride yesterday. But anyway she's getting shoes put on just the front of him in a few days time. Im just wondering, how long do you think he will be sore after that? Will the shoes make him soree for a few days? He barefoot atm but he really needs the shoes since I'm going to be riding him alot now. But I am just wondering because I don't know much about shoeing to be honest, though she's going to ring me up when she finds out when the farriers coming out so that I can walk down there and see the farrier shoe him which im looking forward to seeing.
But anyway has anyone ever had a horse that had softer hooves then others? Or a horse that needed shoeing always?
He's a very healthy horse, not thin, not overly fat.
Also he's a very strange thoroughbred, he has one eye that is black with little white bits on the side and on the other side is fully brown. Its incredibly strange! Has anyone heard of that before? Or had a horse like that? I've heard of horses with blue eyes or just one blue so was just wondering if that's the same as that's.
Theres a photo of us if that helps at all, feet wise.
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    09-24-2011, 12:41 AM
Green Broke
From my own experience with a thoroughbred who has soft feet - I have him shod on his front feet and he was barefoot before this. When he got his shoes on he didn't show any signs of being sore at all. We also help with 'hardening' his hooves by using a product called 'Golden Hoof Oil'. I'm not sure if its available where you are though - but you may be able to find something similar.

Personally - having a horse who has to be shod all the time. I've never really had any major issues - some of you may know that I have had issues with him, but these weren't related to his feet being soft.
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    09-24-2011, 12:44 AM
Thankyou for your story, I was thinking of trying to strengthen them with something from the horse shop. How long do you think he will be sore in his feet after he gets shoed? A few days? A week? I just never shoed a horse and don't know whether they need a few days to rest after being shoed or not. I will defiently talk to the farrier as well.
    09-24-2011, 12:49 AM
I have rode horses right after they have been shod. He won't really be sore unless he is still sore from the rocks. I have a horse that breaks his hoofs off it not shod on the front.
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    09-24-2011, 01:01 AM
Originally Posted by Spotted Image    
I have rode horses right after they have been shod. He won't really be sore unless he is still sore from the rocks. I have a horse that breaks his hoofs off it not shod on the front.

Wow that sounds painful for your horse. :(
Mustard, my horse that im buying, is very sore in the hoofs so I think the sooner he gets the shoes on the front the better and hopefully his feet will stop hurting because even though I have only known him a few weeks, it was heart wrenching to watch him stumbling and so obviously stiff and sore yesterday and we had to put his saddle on to adjust his new martingale and stirrups and bless his heart he just stood there just watching us, even though he was sore and thought we were going to ride him. Most horses would lay their ears back, get all revved up or grumpy, try and bite etc(or all the horses I know would) and he just stood there quietly.
It will be good I think when he gets moved to this other place where no rocks are too, though he will still need shoes as the ground is pretty hard out there when you ride in the arena.
    09-24-2011, 01:15 AM
Not sure you should buy the horse is he's lame at the time of purchase....sounds like it's asking for trouble. And white flecks in the eye? Scarring? Cataracts?
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    09-24-2011, 01:16 AM
Green Broke
Agree with above poster - as long as there is no bruising or anything from the rocks they usually don't have any soreness when the shoes are put on. I competed the day after my horse got his shoes put back on without a problem.

I would also suggest getting it checked out if its just because the horse has no shoes on OR if its a different issue.
    09-24-2011, 01:43 AM
I will be asking the farrier about his opinion on the hooves. You can see in the photo up of his eye, its just a normal eye with the white around it, not flecking or anything. He has no scars at all, a small sore on his bum from his paddock companion kicking him.
He wasnt lame when I rode him, nor was he sore and the owner did say that if I were going to buy him I'd need to eventually put shoes on him because of his soft hooves, the only reason he doesnt have them on now was because he was in paddock condition with no riding for a few months. He has a paddock companion that chases him around and bosses him for food so he may have been galloping around and hurt himself on the rocks.
    09-24-2011, 01:46 AM

Is the eye like this?
    09-24-2011, 01:47 AM
Yes Im pretty sure it is like that

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