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post #1 of 9 Old 08-28-2014, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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horn wall protection for barefoot

in our barn we have two horses that wear the front of theyre horn wall midway to coronary band from the ground. one horse was shod this year but still wears the front of the horn wall off. currently her rider is using duct tape daily to protect the front of the wall, very time consuming. a new horse to the barn this year has also worn the front of her back feet, from the ground, almost nothing to midway to coronay band, making them appear dubbed. the third horse has started wearing one hind hoof wall off in a similar manner. my question, is there a product available to paint on or apply that will stay , and protect the wall from wearing away to nothing? thankyou
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-28-2014, 02:56 PM
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I've never heard of that happening before. Any idea how they're doing it? I'd love to see photos.

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-28-2014, 03:39 PM
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The feet should first be thoroughly examined for disease like white line. There was another poster on here who asked about badly chipping feet, and I was surprised to see how high up the hoof wall was chipping. No one here seemed too concerned about WLD, so maybe it is just super-poor horn quality. If that is the case starting a hoof supplement now might be very beneficial, although true results won't be seen for six months to a year.
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It sounds as if the horses are dragging their feet really badly - is it just hind feet that its happening on?
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Do all these horses have their feet done by the same farrier? If so, that would be my first thing to look at. Perhaps the trim is not correct. As posted -- pics would be helpful.
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it is most definately caused from the way they travel. the first horse is probably lazy, with weak stifles, her back feet are the worse, but her fronts also drag a little. the second horse is not lazy but probably does not lift her back feet fast enough. the third horse is not lazy and has had good stride untill she had a small stifle injury, in her right hind. it is the only foot affected. i will try to post pics. thanks to all
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Horses (even lazy ones) should not drag their feet enough to wear off the front hoof wall that high up. Wearing off off the bottom edge of the toe is perfectly normal and even desirable, But not up halfway up the front.
The stifles can explain the hinds on the one horse.... but the others? No. I would be looking at the farrier work instead of trying to protect the hoof. The only other time I have seen this when it was not related to lameness or farrier work is in horses forced to live or work in very deep abrasive sand. In that case there is nothing to do but get them out of it.
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Horses don't drag their feet, or trip because they're 'lazy'. Yep, another for reassessing farriery, but also carefully consider saddlefit and body issues. IMO this sort of thing is more likely an 'upstairs' issue rather than confined to the feet.
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Might need to have them tested for EPM. That would cause hind end movement issues. EPM is common in areas with possums. They can pee and dedicate on hay right after it's cut and drying on the field. Can also be in running streams and ponds.

If it's not that - try another farrier for a few shoing cycles. This is a very uncommon problem and to have multiple horses - is suspicious.

Use a hoof supplement or biotin to improve new hoof growth.
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