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ChrissyBz 03-27-2008 10:27 PM

How do these feet look?
I'm inexperienced in young horses, and looking for some advice.

It's been raining a lot here lately, and we had rain again just last night. I brought the filly in on cement as the pen was really muddy and she's been acting a little foot sore. Occasionally dragging her hooves. I cleaned her feet good and scrubbed them out good with a soft brush then put a little hoof flex on them. I kept her on the cement for about 6 hours to give them time to dry out. She's back in the pen now as I have nowhere else to keep her untied.(for now)

I should add that she's only been with me a week, and was found running loose on the highway last Saturday. She ate quite a bit of young grass before I caught her and the next day though having no where else to keep her. I then began tying her out to eat high coarse grass during the day,(likely what she had been eating before. and penning her in a small area with short grass at night. Starting Tuesday, she's been on mostly hay. The pen where she is was taken down to bare earth yesterday and she's now exclusively on hay.

Is there anything else I can do? Anything I'm doing I shouldn't?



ChrissyBz 03-27-2008 10:30 PM

Equina 03-28-2008 02:03 AM

I'm no expert, but here's my initial thoughts.

If she was running up and down a highway just last Saturday (who knows how long she was out there), she may just be a little sore from that endeavorer!

Also, I would think that being outside in soil/grass/dirt (even if it's muddy) would be better for her sore feet than concrete. It doesn't look like she has any thrush or issues from being in the moisture.

ChrissyBz 03-28-2008 12:23 PM

Thanks, I have her tied out in coarse grass this morning, she's walking fine, today, all the ground she's on right now is wet and clayey so no percussion. The grass is extremely poor. I'm trying to keep her off the grass we maintain for a while.It would all be easier if I had ANY idea of her previous diet.

This is her in the night time pen, except it's now bare dirt/mud.

This morning her feet were packed with it. I left it in as I figure it'll help support her sole and protect them if they are sore. Poor little girl, it's been a wild week. She's very smart. I think that's how she came to us, most people her tie their horses and this girl unties knots. :roll:

Get rid of the worms, get the diet settled down and I'll feel a lot better.(so will she I think)

arastangrider 03-29-2008 01:51 AM

my horse was sore from a trim so i build a moat around her water tub so everytime she has to get a drink she soaks her feet I also put her food in a small rubbermade bucket and let it float in the water tub so she had to stand in the water to eat

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