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post #1 of 10 Old 10-14-2008, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof Critique

Not sure whether this should go under health, but since its sort of a critique i put it here, mods you can move it if you want.

Posted a topic in Health about my gelding's hooves, he went footsore as the result of a trim. I lunged him today and he was sound, for which i was relieved, but iv noticed that 10 days after his trim he already has small cracks which has me worried. I've been applying hoof grease about once a week, but now i'll do it every day if possible and put him on a hoof suppliment.

But anyways, enough talking. What do you think of his feet/trim???

Front left:

You can see the cracks in this one:

Hind left:

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post #2 of 10 Old 10-14-2008, 01:02 PM
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His feet are small which means he's probably thin-walled. Perhaps that adds to him being more tender?

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post #3 of 10 Old 10-14-2008, 02:37 PM
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i'm definitely no expert, but the trim on the front foot looks a bit off:

the red lines are actually the same length - and the yellow lines show a different angle on each side of his foot.


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post #4 of 10 Old 10-14-2008, 10:45 PM
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I only looked at the first two photos (dial-up :sigh:), but perhaps more mustang roll would help with the cracks. I didn't see any roll at all.
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-15-2008, 12:35 AM
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it does look ofbit, is this time that you have used this ferrier? also the heel looks way to short
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post #6 of 10 Old 10-17-2008, 11:04 PM
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I put hoof dressing on my gelding almost daily. At least 3x a week.

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post #7 of 10 Old 10-18-2008, 12:20 AM
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I agree, those heels are really really short, and they look uneven. I would find a new person to trim his feet!


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post #8 of 10 Old 10-19-2008, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by creepalurkin View Post
I put hoof dressing on my gelding almost daily. At least 3x a week.
me too. I just use some rain maker. I apply it before i ride and after. He's barefoot, but he's got some of the best feet in the barn. Very even growth and all...i should get pics......hmmm......*mind wonders of*

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Originally Posted by northernmama View Post
I only looked at the first two photos (dial-up :sigh:), but perhaps more mustang roll would help with the cracks. I didn't see any roll at all.
After the comments about the heels, I got on a high-speed connection and looked at the photos of his hind feet. The heels low very low to me too.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-20-2008, 03:00 PM
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For the cracks, adding more moisture may not do a darn thing for you. I would roll the toe a tad more with the rasp and wait and see.

Also, if your horse is used to shoes, but wasn't really sore until a few days later, you may be looking and soreness in the leg due to the different way of going. Allow some time to adjust. If you wear different boots, your muscles and tendons can get fatigued. This is why most of the time you should wait to pull shoes after the riding season, when he's least active. Also, the sole may have been thick enough initially to protect the sole, but was soft, and now that it's in more contact with the ground, the solf flakey stuff could have worn out and now it's more tender. Or he could have simply brusied it.

Also, when coming out of shoes, some horses start healing from the inside out and may start abscessing for a period. (seems like horses that had corrective shoes do this the most and more severly than healthier hooves). The increase circulation, is the cause for this, and nothing short of "weathering the storm" will fix it. Abscesses can be the source of mild to severe, constant or intermittent lameness until they blow. The bad news...it's hard to watch and deal with while it's going on, The good news? The horse will have better feet after the abscessing is over ,but you have to stick with it. Shoes can mask the problem, but stop from ever really healing or really slow down the process. The other good news? In more time, new hoof wall will grow down and the cracks should go away.

The hinds could use a tad more height at the heel, but you can see the bevel (mustang roll) which is good.
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