I am having a hard time deciding what to do with my horses feet.
If you have read some of the postas about his feet you would know that he has no coffin bone drop but does have soar fractures of the cofffin bones..
I am so undecided about what the right thing to do it.
From the past experience while my horse was in a 40 x 40 in another state on my parents place because I could not ride...he went through periods where the front shoes were off then back on.
When they were on the horse did much better.
When he arrived to me a few weeks ago his feet were is a desperate need of a trim. I had the aluminum shoes and pads pulled, but he has a really difficult time moving on certain surfaces.
While I like the lady trimmer who does a natural trim, the vet has suggested to put the shoes and pads back on. She originally wanted a reverse shoe but I am not sure if that is what she still wants me to trasmit to the shoer...a different person who will actually trim and shoe.
While I like the idea of a natural foot. My horse always seems to be better in front shoes. Right now he just is having a tough time.
The lady trimmer said that this barefoot deal will take a long time to get undercontrol and he would be on a 3-4 week trim schedule. She told me that hammering nails into a horse foot numbs their feet.
I have never heard of this! Of course I have been out of the horse sceen for quite sometime and I always rode performance horses who had nice sound feet with shoes.
I am open to either Idea so I am somewhat struggling with which way to go.
Something in my gut is telling me to allow my horse to have the shoes put on the fronts and continue to document the feet with photos every week. When I take the photos I take them from the laterl aspect and then the botoms and a front view.
His heels look a bit low to me at this point and I believe we would like to see that grow some.
His coffin bones are perfectly paralel(sp) to the ground, but he is thin soled.
I pick his feet everyday, and have only just been doing some outings from his paddock and shelter for cirrculation. I have changed his feed some to get out of too much alfalfa and more grass hay as well as having him turned out for 2 hours or so a few times a week on pasture grass. I also let him eat 20 minutes of grass when I work with hi m after we are done...
The vet has now cleared him to work on some ground work and re-gaining of respect but she did tell me it could case some flares with the shoes off.
Now the shoer guy said he could be out at the end of the week...
For those of you out there who are barefoot...what can you tell me about your decision to go this route???
What breed of horse do you have?
What problems did you have prior to the Bare foot choice?
And...how long didit take to get a good tough nice and natural hoof?
What types of things did you do during this process...
Any info and or stories is great. I did read the post shoes or no shoes and continue to read in that post but thought I would ask some specific questions...