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Horsecrazy4ever 01-09-2012 03:03 PM

What is the matter with this hoof?
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I have this Shetland gelding that is 10H and 10 yrs old.

He is starting to develop this hard white stuff in all 4 of his hooves.

It's just as hard as the hoof its self and can not be picked out.

Does any one know what on earth this stuff is? I am worried :cry:

Please help me out. Thank you:-)

Sahara 01-09-2012 03:08 PM

It just looks like wet sole that can't naturally exfoliate due to the excessive length of his hooves.

Corporal 01-09-2012 03:12 PM

First, the hoof is really overgrown. Secondly, the ridges indicate erratic feeding. I have gotten little ridges in the past from my horse's hooves--I've owned horses since 1985--and this has happened when I fed rich food, like grain and didn't gradually increase the amounts OR I changed feed abruptly. The hoof also (side-view) likes like founder, from the bell-shape on the bottom--it should be flat. I'ved owned only a few ponies, but I DO know that they can founder on food that much larger horses, like warmbloods or over 1,300 pounds, for instance NEED to maintain their weight. What does your farrier think? =/

Clava 01-09-2012 03:20 PM

That pony has laminitic issues (feed sensitive, there should not be ripples on hoof) and I'd suggest a trim and high fibre very low sugar diet. It also looks thrushy around the frog, flaky white sole suggests dead sole which would exfoliate with work.

beverleyy 01-09-2012 03:23 PM

please don't take this the wrong way, but when was the last time he saw a farrier?
maybe you just purchased him, I don't know the story.

That does look like wet sole, I don't have a ton of experience with that but I do believe that's what it will look like. And like another poster said it could have a lot to do with diet, he is a 10hh pony, not a warmblood. I know my mare gets more grain than I'd ever give my pony.

Another thing, when did you notice this?
I would be curious to know what the farrier had to say =/
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NdAppy 01-09-2012 03:29 PM

OP where in ND are you located and who is your farrier?

Corporal 01-09-2012 03:35 PM

I guess I didn't say--ponies need a very low protein diet. Sorry--that's what I meant.

Horsecrazy4ever 01-09-2012 03:49 PM


Originally Posted by NdAppy (Post 1300655)
OP where in ND are you located and who is your farrier?

We are in Valley City,North Dakota.

Our farrier was a guy named Kevin but he retired so we are looking for one now.

Why do you ask?

NdAppy 01-09-2012 03:59 PM

Going to suggest Farriers. :-) I'm not all that terribly far from you.

Let me dig up my information and dig up some of my contacts and pm you.

Horsecrazy4ever 01-09-2012 04:05 PM

Thanks! I would really appreciate it ;)

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