Twelve Year Old Rocky - Former Show Horse
I am trying to get an appointment set up with a farrier in my area. Waiting on some calls back to set up an appointment (the sooner, the better). But I wanted to share these with you all and get your opinions.
The plan is to get the kegs off and give him a good trim. He will not being doing much more than going around the pasture, round pen and sand arena. No limping. Pre-purchase exam showed everything good. Hooves were tested by the vet. Only issue is tripping once in awhile (I am assuming because the front is so long.)
Front right 3-29-12 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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Back right 3-29-12 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Back left 3-29-12 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I am new as far as having horses. So please be gentle (lol). I couldn't figure out how to put the actual pics up here. Sorry about the links.
Is this horse a standardbred?
As to opinions regarding the photos.... get a good farrier out, take some photos then come back and post those new pics.
Frankly, there's little value in critiquing work that is about to change. Suffice it to say that if the "after" photos look like the ones you've already shared, it should generate some interesting discussion.
Hi Mark. He's a Rocky Mountain horse. He was in the show ring for a long time before I got him. I think they put the kegs on in order to get him certified for breeding and showing. He was gelded about two years ago and is no longer showing. I'm looking forward to getting those feet barefoot and trimmed up well.
He was favoring the right front today during bending and when I moved him into anything faster than a walk. Farrier is scheduled to be at the barn tomorrow. I just hope he's not really sore once those shoes come off. :cry:
I agree with Mark...repost your newly trimmed feet.
It looks as though he hasn't had his feet done for quite a while though (lots of growth), but sometimes it is hard to tell in photos.
Also try taking the photos directly from the side, including a portion of his legs to see the angulation, as well as directly from the front. And get down lower to take the pictures, that way there is a true account of what his feet look like...without the distortion of how we take the photos.
I hope that you are happy with whoever you had come and do him and that he is feeling better...he is a very handsome horse!
Now that he is barefoot and trimmed (probably too short) he is favoring his right back hoof. Pics and video to come.
Pics from today. Did not notice any obvious limping. Last two are the underside of the rear feet.
Those two back ones look terrible to me, but I'm not an expert. There appears to be a lot of stringy pieces around the frog and heel that are just hanging. Is it okay for me to cut those off with a pair of scissors?
I assume you mean the frog is "molting/shedding?" This is perfectly normal.. Unless it is very flap is loose and you can pull it off with your hand, I would not cut it off, let the farrier do that.
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