Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
Thanks for the input!
Yes, the sugar/starch content in the Strategy is what I'm sort of leery about (considering cane molasses is about the fourth ingredient!). I can already tell that this guy is destined to be a very easy keeper, especially once he finishes growing and filling out. Maybe I'll let him have the extra sugar this winter, but transition to plain alfalfa pellets in the spring when the fresh grass is starting to come back in.
I'm not sure that this is actually the way that he stands all of the time, but I definitely agree that his hooves are not where I want them. Due to scheduling issues he's actually a bit overdue for his trim, but he'll be getting one on Tuesday. The farrier is working on lowering his heels, but doesn't want to do too much at once. Since he was an ungentled mustang prior to my getting him, he has only been receiving regular hoof care for a little over six months. He went about eight months between being on the range where his feet were being naturally worn and allowing his hooves to be handled, so they weren't pretty.
The farrier theorizes that the transition from scrounging on the range to the all-you-can-eat alfalfa buffet that the BLM feeds their corralled horses caused him to have a bit of a sudden and awkward growth spurt, leading to the high heels. I don't know if that actually makes any sense or not. Anyway, I'm trying to fix his feet. >_< They're getting better -- at least now his frogs are actually in contact with the ground, as opposed to the hoof wall being so high that they were sort of suspended.
Once he gets trimmed this Tuesday, I'll get a better quality photo and repost here. I'd like to know if you think it looks any better. I may also take some more detailed photos of his feet and make a new thread in the hoof care section.
Last edited by Eolith; 11-16-2012 at 01:48 PM.