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post #1 of 13 Old 09-19-2012, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Picking Up Hoof When Other One Is Sore

I'm not sure if this should be in the training session or health session. My mare's hooves have been tender since we moved to a rocky, clay area. Anyway, I am trying to pick them regularly, but it is a huge struggle to get her to pick up the right hoof when the left one is sore. She will actually pick it up, but then jerk it back down, and I am not strong enough to keep it up. I would normally make her work hard until she is willing to keep it up, but I don't know what to do when she is sore. I appreciate any suggestions.
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-19-2012, 06:48 PM
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Is she shod? I think this is more a health issue than training since you know the only reason you are having difficulty is because it bothers her physically to bear weight on her left hoof. Maybe considering shoeing her with that type of terrain.
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It's a health issue. If her left hoof is sore you are asking her to put weight on it when lifting her right hoof.

It also can be a training issue but not likely when you start out saying her feet are sore.
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Are you sure she is sore or just getting away with jerking her hoof away? When she is trotting or cantering when turned out are you seeing any indications of soreness? The rocks will help toughen her hooves.
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The rocks will help toughen her hooves.
...Assuming they're healthy enough in the first place. If not, forcing her to remain uncomfortable on her feet may just make matters worse, as she'll exercise less & likely not use her feet properly either.

Assuming she is sore, try getting her to stand the other foot on some thick foam or polystyrene. Do you know what's going on with her feet? They shouldn't be very sensitive to rocks/hard ground when she's just standing around, unless there's an underlying cause, such as laminitis for eg.
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Are you sure she is sore or just getting away with jerking her hoof away? When she is trotting or cantering when turned out are you seeing any indications of soreness? The rocks will help toughen her hooves.
I think it's both. She has always been my most stubborn horse. I'm not sure how sore she is. She doesn't generally canter in the field, but she doesn't look too bad at a trot. I notice her "ouchiness" the most when she is turning on the forehand.
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Assuming she is sore, try getting her to stand the other foot on some thick foam or polystyrene. Do you know what's going on with her feet? They shouldn't be very sensitive to rocks/hard ground when she's just standing around, unless there's an underlying cause, such as laminitis for eg.

Thank you for the foam suggestion. The farrier seemed to think that she was just adjusting from Florida soil to North Carolina soil. Her hooves just don't look very strong to me, even with a hoof supplement. They are chipping. Two farrier visits ago, my farrier said it looked as though she had a touch of thrush, but she thought it had cleared up last time. I don't believe it's laminitis since there is no heat or strong pulse, and she is eating less grass and more hay than she did in Florida. She also doesn't eat much grain. I thought it could be stone bruising.
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I must have been really tired yesterday when I started this thread, but I meant to say health or training section, not session.
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Maybe considering shoeing her with that type of terrain.
I may have made the terrain sound worse than it is. It is a grassy pasture in North Carolina. It's just not the soft soil we had in Florida. Because of her unpredictability under saddle, she is just a pasture ornament. I'm curious if other people shoe pasture ornaments.
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I don't. Bother with the good hoof, that is. I just hope for the best.

When it gets to the point that the bad leg has no hope of improving, then you have to make some hard decisions. But you're not near that point!
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