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    07-09-2007, 08:54 AM
teeth and hooves

I have an 11 yr old standardbred gelding which I have had for about 4 yrs I have never had any problems with teeth or hooves. Firstly we live a fair way away from a farrier n it would cost a lot I want to do it myself but im not sure how. Secondly I only see him about once a week and when I do I give him a good grooming I clean out his hooves n in sum spots the hoof seems soft n almost has a white powdery subsatnce n his frog seems to be shedding a bit is tis normal? Thirdly (this is my last one) im not so sure about what my horses teeth should be like I think they mayb be a little sort n sometimes he drops bits of food as he chews he doesnt seem to have any bitting problems though should I be worried? I know this is extremely long and I hope someone can help thanks heaps.
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    07-09-2007, 10:32 AM
Sorry im not going to be much help but my old mare when she had crumbling hooves like what uv desciribed and she had a mineral difficence
    07-09-2007, 11:25 AM
When horses have been standing in moisture and you scrap a hoof pick over their frog it will have a white substance show up because you are just scraping away the dirt. As for hoof trimming, I would not recommend doing it yourself. There's an old saying of "No hoof, no horse." which basically means if you screw something up you could cause serious lifelong problems. As for the teeth, if he is dropping a lot of his grain, he probably needs to have his teeth floated. Ours are done once a year and you have to have them done by a vet or equine dentist. Hope this helps.
    07-09-2007, 12:44 PM
It's possible to do the hoofs yourself.

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    07-10-2007, 09:02 AM
Do his feet smell??
    07-10-2007, 05:22 PM
It sounds as if his teeth are bridging or he needs a power float. Get an equine dentist or vet out to do his teeth. As for trimming, I believe it needs to be done by a skilled farrier.
    07-10-2007, 05:33 PM
Learning to trim hooves is not difficult, but it does take training. If you live that far from a farrier, it might be worth the investment to learn in the long run.
    07-11-2007, 06:21 AM
Sometimes his feet do smell but it is natural if they havent been picked out frequently. My other horse sometimes has the same problem and he has his feet checked every 6 weeks by the farrier and he is trimmed and shod
    08-05-2007, 10:39 AM
When a farrier comes out he pares that chalky part down to live sole - the chalky is the part that (like your skin loses cells constantly) is dead - if its black and sticky and smells and its soft around the outer edge of the foot- then he could be starting white line-and thrush if the frog is smelly and soft but a gushy soft with a deep crevice down the center of it leading up the the heel area.

Teeth need to be done at least once a year- he could form ulcers on his cheeks - most horses will get points and sores in a year or year and a half tops. ITs just the way they are made- as the teeth wear from eating the points form-its never ending . If your vet says the horse doesnt need floating after he's not been done in over a year - then its because he doesnt like to do teeth. They have to get points -theres no way around it. It must be very hard to not have a vet around you that you can count on calling. I can't imagine that as I have three hospitals within an hour or two of me. With the shortage of vets coming I might well have the same problem!

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