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    10-16-2007, 08:47 PM
Thank you so much! I will she's great
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    10-16-2007, 09:03 PM
Okay this is what my night was like:
You guys are not going to believe this.
So I go out to feed my horses and I notice little Marcie laying down so i'm like okay maybe her feet are a llittle sore from being trimmed and she's just resting. (this was the first time i've seen her lay down since i've had her and I watch her like a hawk).

I walk out to where she is laying and she gets up and puts her head on my shoulder. This is what she does every time I walk up to her now. She's my baby

So anyway I put her halter on and bring her in to the barn where her grain is waiting. Okay, no problem so far.

She walks into the stall and I sit beside the stall door and watch her because all my others are already eating so i'm just killing time.

All of a sudden what do I see happen just behind her rib cage?

A KICK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Or what seems like a kick anyway!! It happened twice more after that and by this time I was knocked off my feet with shock!

Is she pregnant??? I have no idea but it sure seems like it!!

When I first got her she was only slightly underweight but she's fattened up a lot by now. But don't you only see kicks when they're at least 7 months along???!!!???

If she's pregnant that's great but I mean with her feet and everything is it okay? And I don't want a baby in the cold winter months!! The vet is coming out first thing tomorrow and I will be monitoring marcie tomorrow to see if I see the so-called kick again!

Can you believe this! Excited but anxious to know if it's true!
    10-16-2007, 10:07 PM
Thanks for the naked hoof site I spent way too much time on there and about ran my printer out of paper :) Our girls have always been barefoot but a recent trip to SE Oklahoma and 3 days on very rocky trails had us having second thoughts. I think we were more worried than necessary their hooves look fine.
Taylor hope your rescue horse is doing better and congrats on the foal if Marcie is preggers
    10-17-2007, 04:51 PM
False alarm she's not in foal
    10-17-2007, 07:28 PM
Originally Posted by Taylor99
False alarm she's not in foal
I guess that's a good thing, I know what you mean about having babies in the winter. I wouldn't want to do it. Plus with her health issues its for the best.
    10-18-2007, 07:55 PM
Just an update on Marcie:

She is still sore but she seems to be getting used to barefoot.
The farrier is coming out tomorrow to evaluate her progress and if she needs it give her a little trim, but I don't think she will because she needs time to adjust to no shoes.

I'll keep you guys posted :)
    10-22-2007, 12:33 AM
Originally Posted by appylover31803
Hi Taylor99. My horse is currently barefoot, and I plan to keep her that way. I did have shoes on her for a week, but that was the barn owner's fault, and I guess mine too. But in that week, her feet were extremely sore, and her legs were rather cold. I did not ride her for that week, so I don't know how it affected her gaits. But I read an article and I found it to be highly helpful. Here's the website address.

I don't really know anything about navicular disease. Have you tried googling it?
If your horse doesn't normally wear shoes then of course she's going to be sore in the first week
    10-22-2007, 01:40 AM
If your horse doesn't normally wear shoes then of course she's going to be sore in the first week
That is quite obvious that she would be sore. And I don't know if she's ever had shoes. I don't know what her first owner did. I didn't expect her to be ok, but would you also think that in that first week her back legs would swell up? I have seen horses have shoes put on for the first time, but I never saw any like my horse. She refused to pick up her feet because she was in pain. After that, I let her be and got her shoes taken off the very next week
    10-22-2007, 08:55 AM
It is also very possible the farrier cut her too short and/or took off too much sole(any that is not flaking is too much) . Then the shoes would be pressing on the sensitive sole around the toe area. When you take off those shoes of course the too short still exists.. I'd boot her and or wrap them up with some kind of padding for a bit.

If this has already been covered ignore me.. I'm too lazy this am to look back up the thread. ;)
    10-22-2007, 10:37 AM
There is no reason for a horse to be sore after shoeing or trimming unless the horse has an ailment of the hoof/leg that was not adressed, or something was changed too severely.
There should especially not be swelling in the legs. Swelling could indicate that the angle of the hoof was changed too severely and it strained the tendons on the leg. (ie: if the angle was made too shallow the tendons on the back of the leg will be stretched excessively, and if the angle is too steep the tendons on the front of the leg can be strained and the coffin bone can experience unusual pressure.)

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