Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Loudoun County VA
Worst Hoofs I've Ever Seen. Need Advice.
I rescued this horse from a home where she was neglected for two years, left in a field all alone as a backyard ornament.
My farrier has tried gluing on shoes backwards but they came off.
The bottom of the hoof is flat. She started foundering but has been off grass for a month now, the x-rays only showed slight rotation in one of the front feet. She has some hair loss and rubbing around the fetlocks. I am treating that with Dresden (the diaper rash stuff) and I am using hoof hardner on her hoofs. She will not allow me to pick up her front feet for more then a few seconds. She can trot just fine but no cantering. I am not riding her.
Supplement wise she is on bute for now and biotin for hoof growth.
If anyone can offer any advice on keeping her comfortable and healthy please let me know. If anyone knows how to teach a horse to lie down that would really really help me since she wont hold her feet up for the hoof hardener.
You can see from the pictures that there are fibers poking out the bottom of the hoof, the feet are too short, the hoof wall is pealing back, and there is a lot of grooves in the hoof wall.