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Lorry1 11-24-2007 07:32 AM

Horse Hoofs
Is anyone familiar with a horse's hooves being filled in with a white substance?

Vidaloco 11-24-2007 10:48 AM

Yes, sounds like thrush. Is it soft and have a nasty smell?

Lorry1 11-25-2007 07:34 AM

Thanks for your response. The white substance is hard, almost like a plastic, and fills the hollow part of the foot. I'm new to the horse world, but haven't seen anything like it.

Vidaloco 11-25-2007 09:00 AM

I've heard of it but never seen or used it myself. I know some are used as a preventative while others are a treatment. I would want to know which it was before purchacing a horse. I take it this is a horse you looking to buy?
There are some knowledgable hoof people on here maybe one will jump in.

Lorry1 11-25-2007 09:41 AM

Thanks Vidaloco for your comments. I told the girl at Hemphill (the Horse Farm where the horse is) that I had never seen it before. She just said that the horse had excellent feet. They did look very healthy. He was barefoot actually. But the substance looked like it would keep out anything from getting into the hoof and definitely make picking out the hoof not necessary. I actually like the idea, but you raise a good point. Why would they have filled it in with that to begin with. WOuld you recommend getting a horse that's 20 years old? He's pretty old, but seems healthy. Again, thanks for answering.

Vidaloco 11-25-2007 09:56 AM

It really depends on your riding level and the breed of horse some horses live into their 30-40's while others only into the 20's. If you are taking lessons and feel you are at least an intermediate rider I think the horse is a little old for you. I always figure nothing younger than a 7 year old for an adult new rider and nothing younger than 20 for a new child rider. I like a horse in the 8-12 year old range. My mare is 7 years old.

Vidaloco 11-25-2007 10:02 AM

I want to add as an after thought. If you are looking at horses to buy, PLEASE take someone with you who knows a bit about horses. I hate to see someone buy a horse and then its either too much horse for them or too little. They end up frustrated and loosing the love. :)

KANSAS_TWISTER 11-25-2007 12:47 PM

i'd also like to add that when buying a horse make sure you tis horse vet checked (might be good to x ray it's feets) and make sure it's up to date on all shot's and coggins tested.

Lorry1 11-25-2007 03:28 PM

Thanks for all of your helpful advice. I think I will have the horse I choose to be vet checked since I'm not real familiar with horses at this point. Maybe I will wait a little longer to get a younger horse than the 20 year old. He was just so nice, starving for affection, and a saddlebred. I appreciate your comments!

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