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        06-27-2009, 01:36 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    Biotin supplements are good - I feed oats ( not a good idea as you have a foundered horse ), Make sure you have a good source of quality hay, my vet advises to keep our pony ( had a touch of lammi ) on just hay with a small ammount of hard feed for the supplements ( we give him minerals , salt , cider vineger ) , we were also told to soak the hay as this can remove some of the unwanted sugar .
         
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        06-27-2009, 01:40 AM
      #22
    Foal
    She picks up her feet in the shortest blips ever. I cannot even pick them out. I dress the top of the hoof and that is about all I can do. The back feet she is starting to hold up. She is a very willing horse, I know she is in a lot of pain and I'd like to remain gentle with her. I'd never force a horse to lay down, but I know there are ways to train them to do this. I am familiar with Parelli and I just cannot figure this one out.
    Did I mention she is a Belgian? Forcing her to hold her feet up is almost impossible.
         
        06-27-2009, 01:55 AM
      #23
    Yearling
    I know how to use force to not only lay a horse down but to also hold a foot up, and I won't explain how to do it on an open forum .

    I force a horses leg up on very rare occasions , only if the horse is being deliberatly obnoxious and I need to trim its feet - and only after all other methods have failed - if you really want to know PM me.
         
        06-27-2009, 02:50 AM
      #24
    Foal
    I don't know how I feel about that yet. It's 3am though so I am out. I appreciate the help everyone. I will be getting horse groceries tomorrow if anyone has suggestions let me know.
         
        06-27-2009, 02:56 AM
      #25
    Green Broke
    I'd go to this forum. It's all farriers. You'll get everything you need to know from these guys.

    Farriers Helping Horse Owners - The Farrier & Hoofcare Resource Center Forums
         
        06-27-2009, 03:08 AM
      #26
    Weanling
    What about EZ boots all around? Wouldnt that get rid of the mud issue and protect the feet from further chipping. They can be removed for cleaning and medicating. This would be the obvious option to me, but maybe I'm missing an important detail in why they won't work. Even if she wont hold her feet up for long if you can start to get them on and she puts her foot down you can probably finish the job. Don't be afraid to handle her feet either, to many people think that their horse is just impossible to pick out because they are afraid of being stepped on or just general fear of the damage a hoof can cause. Be deliberate and end on success, she will figure it out.
         
        06-27-2009, 04:03 AM
      #27
    Green Broke
    I'd be finding another vet/farrier. It sure seems like who you are working with now isn't pointing you in the right direction.

    The link I gave you to the farrier forum will really help you out.
         
        06-27-2009, 06:22 AM
      #28
    Started
    No grains, find a GOOD source of amino acids, boiton, and zinc :)

    Get her OUT OF THE MUD if you can't afford a stall for her find a way !

    You ahve to get there DAILY to treat her legs and hooves no other way about it ...
         
        06-27-2009, 06:36 AM
      #29
    Yearling
    Just wanted to say kudos to you for taking this horse on and spending so much time money and effort on it...... well done good luck, it will take time but sounds like you are doing everything you can :)
         
        06-27-2009, 06:55 AM
      #30
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TroubledTB    
    What about EZ boots all around? Wouldnt that get rid of the mud issue and protect the feet from further chipping. They can be removed for cleaning and medicating. This would be the obvious option to me, but maybe I'm missing an important detail in why they won't work. Even if she wont hold her feet up for long if you can start to get them on and she puts her foot down you can probably finish the job. Don't be afraid to handle her feet either, to many people think that their horse is just impossible to pick out because they are afraid of being stepped on or just general fear of the damage a hoof can cause. Be deliberate and end on success, she will figure it out.
    EZ boots are awesome! That's what I was going to suggest My fox trotter gelding developed a horrid case of white line two years ago. He has horrible feet anyways, so this really scared me as he was starting to have some slight rotation. I prefer to keep my horses unshod and his feet won't hold shoes well anyways, so I kept ezboots on him. I took them off once a day for like an hour to medicate, but other than that they were always on. If you can't afford a stall for her, could you maybe keep her in a round pen and pile it with sand or shavings? Mud is really not going to help the situation. I moved my gelding down to an all sand environment and his feet are nearly 100% recovered. Good luck! Feet issues are never fun.
         

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