My paint has very sore feet ... HELP!
We recently bought a beautiful Poco Bueno/Color Me Smart bred paint gelding. He is six years old. The woman that we had got him from stated that she had kept shoes on his front feet but that he had been without for around six months. She also stated that he would be sore for around a week after the farrier came out. My first thought "the farrier has no clue what they are doing if the horse is lame for a week" especially for a horse that has been getting shoes for three plus years. We dont have very rocky ground and my other horse is perfectly fine with no shoes so we decided to try and keep him barefoot. He had his first trim with my regular barefoot trimmer a week ago and he is still lame... I have no clue on what to do... She has never made my other horse lame. She did say that the farrier was keeping his hooves at an angle.. she described it as if he were walking on high heels... The lady that we bought him from have us this stuff that has acetone, iodine wormwood and some other stuff in it... its supposed to be painted on the bottoms of his hooves twice a day for a week and its supposed to help him get stronger. I am not sure where to go with this... We are thinking about getting a farrier out and getting shoes back on him.. maybe even pads... any thoughts would be extremely helpful!! Thanks :-P
Is he lame on grass and soft surfaces? When my horse first went barefoot after 15 years of shoes he was very sore on everything except grass. It took a while for his feet to get stronger, I did a lot of walking him on gravel and concrete, as advised by my trimmer, to help and now his feet are strong and he is doing great barefoot. Maybe your horse needs sometime to adjust? Hoof boots with pads might be helpful in making him more comfortable.
Firstly, need some hoof pix(check my signature link) would be helpful, including more info - has he been lame since you've had him? How is he managed? What footing is he sore on, or is it everywhere? What's his diet & condition?
Making some guesses from what you have said... If he's always sore after a trim, *assuming* it is indeed a decent job, he could have 'low grade' laminitis. Especially if he's 'set up' on his toes &/or has a thin sole, that can make them more sensitive post trim.
He probably has weak heels & frogs & having recently had them reduced, they're under more pressure so are tender.
Especially as he's been shod consistently since very young, he's still only 6yo & has problems, I wouldn't be shoeing him until you can get his feet healthy. I would however consider that protection/support may be necessary to help get them there though. I'd consider hoof boots as the first option. I wouldn't bother with hardeners or other topicals.
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I'm guessing by your 'wow' & reading other stuff you wrote cotton that you disagree with my *guesses*? I think sore after a trim is *generally* to do with farrier error &/or someone expecting a horse to go barefoot when they need added protection/support, but *assuming* it's not farrier error or such, I think what I suggested are valid possibilities(??)
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