BAD hooves... shame on me
Let me start off by saying -- I know I'm a total idiot, OMG.
Ok. So I basically left my horse in the care of the amish for the winter. They ALWAYS do good with her. She loves them, they love her. I don't wanna hear about what "jerks" the amish are to horses. I've seen them handle her a million times, she's pushy towards them, but he calms her down so well. Honestly, I think he's a better match for her than me.
Well, this year didn't go so hot. IDK what changed with his care, but my horse came back to me in pretty bad condition. I'm not mad, I consider it my fault for not taking the time to check on her. I was just really busy, and since I live so far away.. No excuse, I know. My fault.
I want to take her to the boarding barn where I keep my Thoroughbred, and get her hooves back on track. But I'm so embarrassed, I don't want people to think I'm awful or "abusing" my horse. It's stupid, I know.
I'm honestly not educated about hooves at all. I need to learn more, and I'm working on it... But it looks like she could have had laminitis...? Some sort of rings on her hooves. And maybe white line.. IDK, the wall is all sorts of messed up. She's in my pasture at home right now, trotting around and having fun.. I lunged her a little to see how she would act and she shows no sign of lameness.
What should I do? Take her to the boarding barn looking like an insane mess (Choppy mane/tail, manure matted coat, shortish tail, crazy hooves)
I'm going to add pics soon
Also, white spots are suddenly showing up on her. 1 in the saddle area, and like 4 out of the saddle area (Shoulder, neck, hip) ... She's a pure registered Haflinger.. Could these be birdcatcher spots? Or something else? >_<
I would have your vet look her over. She could need some wormer, etc. and her back evaluated.
Did they use her for driving? White spots might be from badly-fitted harness. Get her feet trimmed-maybe your horseshoer can tell you what's going on w/her hooves. Give her plenty of hay & take her to your regular place once she/s recovering. Go to your library for a book about hoof care and/or study about it online. AS always, few people take care of our things as we would. Always good to check how things are going.
I'll most likely have the vet out soon. I can't do it right away because I'm having some health problems of my own that I believe are a bit more urgent, sadly
But her weight appears good to me, no visible ribs, nothing sticking out, as far as I'm concerned. Her mane is VERY full, but one side is super choppy.. Short tail at the bottom, no rubbing at the top.. And honestly, she's been muddier at my own house LOL. She's got a THICK winter coat so it's not hard for her to get tangled :?
I was on vacation (Out of country) nearly every other week, and when I got back home it would be pack, talk to people about my Thoroughbred (New horse w/ issues, my priority), pay people for taking care of all my animals, buy supplements/pay vet bills.. and since I've left her with these amish for so many winters now and have never had a problem.. I figured she would be fine again. Lesson learned, time to move on, right? :oops:
Actually.. At one point, I was going to sell her, and the Amish man who usually takes care of her told me it'll be really sad for him to see her go, and if he had the space, he would gladly buy her, and offered to make my board even cheaper.. LOL. I've spent a lot of time with this family, and I know they're good people. They told me it had been a rough winter when I went to pick her up.
Hmm usually the amo's are on top of feet. Especially the ones they are using.
They pulled a haffy and a Belgian as a team? Or they were stalled next to each other? Something sounds funky, just not sure what or where.
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Something is off about the whole situation, but I'm not going to question it because I consider it my fault. I'm just focused on getting it fixed. But -- I still don't want to take her to my boarding barn looking like an idiot. So farrier then vet!
I'm still going to post pictures to see what everyone thinks. I just got her back the other day
Wash the manure out of her coat, worm her, get a good farrier, ensure she's comfortable in her tack or don't put it on her - even if your saddle fits fine, if she's had a summer of bad saddle/harness, she may have bruises that need healing. Consider a vet &/or bodyworker.
In the meantime, start educating yourself about hooves, laminitis, etc. The thread link in my signature will give you a start. You can look at the other link below for tips on critique pics if you want any opinions on her feet.
I have been trying to learn as much as possible online, but I really need hands on experience to have confidence in anything. That's why I sound so uneducated, probably.. I trust nearly everyone's judgement, aside of my own. :oops:
She was ridden this Summer (About a month after they use her, or something, IDK. But I know which field they used her in at least, it couldn't have been much.) had a saddle fit just this fall before going there.. I plan on having one out again before I ride, which probably won't be for months.
I've already done the deworming, and I have my farrier, I just had to make an appointment
I still plan on posting pictures for more opinions, and to learn from what everyone has to say.
Hoping to see pictures. :)
really need to see what you are looking at. the spots on her , probably ill fitting harness, dirty equipment etc. I would speak with the Amish man, and ask what happened to the horse. Did he loan her out to someone else?
I did not know that the Amish boarded to outsiders. There are not Amish in my area.
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