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post #1 of 8 Old 07-29-2018, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hooves, what do you recommend?

Kia Ora HF! New to posting and HF. I joined as i just bought my own horse, not a novice per say, ridden since I was 4 but out of the saddle and apart from horses for nearly 8years (in my late 20s now). I need of support in the subtle and not so subtle art of hoof care. And from what I've seen HF is a great place with a vast knowledge base I look forward to participating with.
I'll stay on topic...hooves!

My new boy is a 7year STB just retired from his trotting career last month. His previous owners took his front shoes off before rehoming, I will have his back shoes removed very soon too. I'd love him to be sound and barefoot, he will be trail and beach ridden. My knowledge on hooves is small but growing!

His feet seem strong no cracks, I think his heels look contracted especially on his fronts, I think there is some thrush going on (RF frog looks yuck! LF is stinky) and a hole in the sole. Long toes. Deep collateral grooves on his fronts. No lameness. Love to hear your opinions from what you can depict. Please correct me if I am wrong!

I pick and clean his feet daily monitoring the hole in the sole. Up close it's about 5 or so mm deep, white inside, clean looking...what is it? I've poked gently and doesn't seem sore... an abscess, was..? Quite tricky taking photos in the winter sun on your own with a very temperamental camera, lol!

Im quite new in my community and I live 2hours from my nearest town, I'll be in next week to pick up supplies and groceries.
A large % of my local horse community are old school, at times stubborn, abusive and fairly poor (more a make do attitude or make it do) though all round amazing and supportive people!
I have a cousin who is a farrier (home taught by his grandfather musterer), who I will ask to remove his shoes, but feeling wary to let him him do anything else as I'm not sure of his skill and knowledge, rather not have him screw up his feet...do I give him the benefit of doubt? On his own horses, some have lovely looking feet and some very flared or long feet. Doesn't seem to be into regular maintenance, lol.

I have just found Pete Rameys work, wow. I am wanting and willing to learn all I can, so I can take care of my horses feet.

What would you do? What do you recommend? Thank you for reading!
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-29-2018, 08:40 AM
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Hi Kia, welcome!

Yes his fronts look pretty good, albeit contracted & deep thrush. His hinds however look very stretched. Obviously can't tell with only those pics but I'm guessing he's got too low angles on hinds too. - normal state of affairs unfortunately for a racing baby - gallops or trots, shod young & run hard.

However, at only 7yo there's a great chance he will grow healthy feet with good care. While I believe 'nurture' is vastly more relevant than 'nature' on this subject, Standies also do tend to have innately stronger hooves.

Along with good hoofcare & nutrition I'd be considering a good bodywork - vet chiropractic or such, as he's bound to have body issues from racing & hind angles are likely to come from 'upstairs'.

Check out links in my signature line below & post more pics & info if you like. I will move this to hoofcare section.
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Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-30-2018, 06:20 AM
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Welcome and congrats on your new horse! I'm not sure what is available to you by either shop or mail carrier, but treat the thrush with something like Koppertox. Glad you are wanting to learn more about hoof care, it's very interesting and you can immerse yourself as much as you like. Many happy years with your new fella, please keep us updated on your adventures!
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-31-2018, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks loosie, I will get some more photos, your links are helpful, cheers! Waiting for the rain to hold off.
I really am keen to soak up as much as possible, it's an area I've noticed I'm quite ignorant about, thanks Boo Walker, hoof care is a deep rabbit hole!
I ordered absorbine thrush remedy before seeing your recommendation, I'll try it out if I have no luck with whats coming in the mail, yey for the internet.

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Oh! Kia Ora then! I had a friend called Kia... I would NOT use coppertox - or other strong chems on deep thrush. Stick to stuff that's 'kinder' to live tissue.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-31-2018, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yeh, I just had a nosey at the ingredients of Koppertex, kerosene is one, I would prefer to stay away from petrochemicals, idont use them on myself or my other pets. Absorbine claims its kinder to live tissue. Though Koppertex is better than some suggestions I've had round here off line, oh boy!
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Absorbine's Thrush meds are good but the thrush products with gentian violet are much better:)

The Valley Vet catalogue carries both "Thrush Buster" and "Thrush Off". One has a rip applicator, the other a brush applicator, otherwise they are the same. They are expensive but a small amount goes a long way:)

Or, maybe you have something local with gentian Violet in it? Even pure gentian Violet at a human health store?

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-31-2018, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Gentian violet, of course! Think I'll stock up on that as it can be used multi specie! Had a gander and picked and cleaned his feet today after our inhand beach walk, first time being in the sea, he was brave! His frogs are all pale, no black gunk and no smell...is it actually thrush? RF has rough texture in the central suclus. I will trim of all the flappy bits.

Lol he is still he and horse, as he can with the name Phil, which I'm not overly fond of...I had a grumpy grandad called Phillip, might have something to with it lol
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