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post #1 of 6 Old 07-30-2013, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Contracted hoofs

I just bought a 13-year-old quarter horse male on Friday. On Monday I had the farrier trim her and he said she has thin hoof walls and contraction with very narrow feet. He said he would suggest shoeing her all around but she would probably throw the shoes. She came from a sandy area and we live in a very rocky, hard ground area. Should I send her back and cut my losses now? Does the seller have any responsibility here?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-30-2013, 03:50 PM
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Put up some pictures of this horse's hooves. Is the horse lame?

Is this farrier a good one?

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-02-2013, 07:44 AM
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Do you have another farrier / vet you can ask an opinion of.
I had a horse with thin walls (his feet were the right shape though) and when he was properly shod I didn't have any trouble with him retaining his shoes for 5 weeks.
By the same token as friend of mine had her horse shod by a farrier who totally changed the shape of her horses feet (the fronts became the same shape as the backs and the heels were way too short) and it has taken her almost 2 years to get them back - although the horse wasn't out of action for 2 years.
Her horse is back to competing now.

You may just have to be prepared to renew his shoes more often.

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-02-2013, 09:25 AM
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Shoeing a horse with regular shoes will cause further contraction of the hooves as the horses foot can't expand naturally.

If the horse has thin hoof walls they probably won't hold shoes well although they also probably wont hold up well barefoot either.

Flip flops on front may help ease the contraction as their heels can expand more naturally, glue on shoes are also an option.

I'd also try an oral supplement as the reason his feet could be so weak is because their are vitamin deficiencies.

Just make sure you have a GOOD farrier. They are worth their weight in gold!
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-02-2013, 09:42 AM
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No, the seller has no responsibility unless you had a health clause in your sales contract. Horses are generally sold 'as is' with no warranty or guarantee and it's buyer beware.

That said, just because her feed aren't the best right now doesn't mean much. A good farrier should have a plan for how to improve her feet and keep her sound on your terrain. So what does your farrier think you should do? Good feed and good farrier work can help most horse's feet, and if she's not lame now, it's a pretty big leap to assume she will and that it will be bad enough she needs to be sold/returned without even giving her a chance. Unless there are other reasons you don't like her, anyway.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-02-2013, 10:40 AM
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My horse who I bought recently also has contracted heels, and thrush. But my farrier is going to sort it out, and get his heels to spread out
I'm sure your farrier can do the same with specialist shoeing.
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