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    08-25-2010, 02:04 PM
Great input everyone, thanks! I'm really hopeful that we can get him feeling much better. He is really such a gem, and will be well worth the added attention/maintainence that he needs. I'm really going to try to avoid putting shoes on, unless they are glue-on, because I'm loathe to add to the crumbly instability of the hoof wall. I will definitely be doing my nutrition homework, so hopefully get himlined out on the best course for growing in some healthy hooves!
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    08-25-2010, 02:16 PM
He is a round boy, isn't he?

It might be worth pulling some blood and checking to make sure his levels are OK in general.
    08-25-2010, 02:30 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
He is a round boy, isn't he?

It might be worth pulling some blood and checking to make sure his levels are OK in general.
probably a good place to start
    08-25-2010, 02:59 PM
He certainly sounds like he's worth it. I think he found the right home.
    08-26-2010, 01:47 AM
Pete Ramey's website is amazing! I'd never looked at it before tonight, and after seeing the address in Loosie's signature, while reading another thread about cracked hooves, I just checked it out, and OH MY GOODNESS what a wealth of information!!!!
I am so excited to begin the rehab process on this guy's feet. I've also been doing a little research about nutrition, and will be sending a sample of our hay to be analyzed as a place to start- I'm not sure if having bloodwork done would also be beneficial, as the horse just moved from one place to another, and will be on a completely different food source. . . How long will it take to see the effects of his new forage in his blood analysis? Would the base/starting point that he is at now, nutritionally, effect his ability to metabolize/utilize his new food sources?
Also, I will be soaking his hooves in an antifungal bath, because as smrobs had mentioned, that is a big part of what looks to be going on.
Is it ridiculous to be as excited as I am about a funky, nasty-looking horse foot?!. . . . Hahaha
My daughter had her first riding lesson on him this evening, and he is so incredible. I'm definitely a little stupid in love with this guy! I seriously can't wait to see hisfeet a year from now. . . .
    08-26-2010, 01:51 AM
How exciting for you! I love it when there is a prospect of a serious turn around! Glad your daughter loves him too. Kids horses are, IMO, born not made. If he's a good one, even with the bum foot, he's worth every penny.
    08-26-2010, 01:57 AM
^For sure! He is so patient, but he also really responds to things done correctly, so he ignores the random kicking and pulling, but responds to aids really lightly- he is like a horsemanship barometer or something- my daughter gets instant feedback from the horse on what she's doing right and wrong, and that is invaluable!
    08-26-2010, 02:55 AM

Haven't read all replies & don't have time for a full one now, but if the shoe fell off this hoof 2 months ago & he's still wearing the other, he's WAAAAY overdue for a trim for starters. Secondly I agree with others, that diet & nutrition are also big factors. It appears that he's laminitic, so firstly I wouldn't be feeding him grain or any other sugary/starchy feeds. A good complete supplement is also a good idea, as biotin is only one of many nutrients he is likely lacking in.

I noticed your signature quote, so you're obviously familiar with Ramey to some degree. I'd get onto his site for starters & learn all you can there, follow links to learn more.

I wouldn't worry about the easyboot strap, altho he may have extra sensitive heels because they're likely thrushy as well as contracted & unconditioned from wet, soft ground. I'd be treating the whole hoof(ves) for infection, as it is almost definitely in the torn/broken quarter which is contributing to it's lack of healing.
    08-26-2010, 03:12 AM
Loosie, thanks for your reply. I had heard of Pete Ramey, but only checked out his website after seeing it in your sig. . . . I am officially hooked! (changed my sig after reading that tonight on his site because I loved that quote!) What a wealth of info!! I just brought the new horse home yesterday, and am hoping to get someone decent out to pull the shoe and trim early next week. Meantime, he is eating only grass hay, until I find out more about what his specific nutritional needs are. I'm excited about the chance to learn from his feet! I've been trimming my other horse's feet for about a year, but pretty much they wear them down on their own very well, so there's not much to it. . . This is kinda exciting!
    08-26-2010, 07:55 AM
He is sound on that hoof and the other one that is that overdue for a trim?

barefoot, coronet injury, hoof, shoes, trimming

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