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post #1 of 14 Old 01-23-2011, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Got some new pictures of April- Hoof question?

Please critique her confirmation I think these pictures are better. Also can you take a look at her hoof and see if the heel is as quite as low as everyone thought before or do you think it looks better since you can see the whole hoof better? I don't think it looks as bad in these photos but I am not an expert!

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-23-2011, 03:36 PM
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Beautiful girl, but yes, her heels do look very low.
Not quite as low as the previous pictures, (just looked at them now), but I might suggest speaking to your farrier or perhaps asking the opinion of a different farrier?
I am, by no means suggesting this is your fault as she looks well looked after, but definitely get someone to look at them :)
Very, very jealous as she is gorgeous.
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-23-2011, 03:38 PM
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Sorry, forgot to add, I have a barefoot horse too, a new forest, and I like to keep his hooves a little longer in order to be safe - I have had several farriers opinions, and they agree :)
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Thank you, I have been stressing about her feet! It will be another few weeks before she is seen by the farrier again.
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-23-2011, 03:42 PM
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Do not stress! She is sound and healthy on them, or so she seems, but if you can improve them height wise, then do. Also, do they grow much? Especially in the colder months?
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Not really sure about how much they grow but I am going to talk to the farrier about it before he comes out again. She is sound for sure and is only worked very lightly a few times a week. She is almost 4 and I mostly walk and do a small amount of trotting with her.
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-23-2011, 03:58 PM
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Sounds like a plan, oh well she is very young, plenty of time for any changes, if needed! Freddy is also young, he is almost 5.

If your farrier has left them like that then there must be good reason :)

This is the best photo I have I'm afraid, take in to consideration he is lifting his leg.

Just thought I'd find one to show you how I keep Fred's.
You may disagree and others may too, on the length, but my farrier likes them!
Might help, might not!
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Looks good to me! I am still learning so much. He is a cutie, I love his color!
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-23-2011, 04:04 PM
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Thanks :) No worries, I'm still learning.
He's my first pony, I'm only 16 - and I do it all by myself, I bought him, rent field, arrange hay, trimming, etc. Was so determined to have my own!
Thank you, I love his colour too, he's a cute boy, would love a horse like yours though!
Is there any particular reason you decided to keep her barefoot, do you think it would help to have her shod?
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I have a natural hoof trimmer reccomended by my neighbor. I don't ride her anywhere but around my neighborhood and she has done fine with out any shoes so far. I got my first horse at 16 too, leased a couple before that. It is very exciting!
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