Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
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1. She is a very pretty mare with a soft and kind eye:)
2. The vertical scar on the hoof may never go away. One of my horses still has a raised scar like that from being run tnru the fence when he was five years old, he is now 23. His scar is raised enough it can be filed down.
3. Agree her toes are stretched and frogs appear to have stretched forward. I could have been misinformed but I was taught the frog should extend only a distance of 2/3rds of the hoof. If that is true, her frogs are too far forward.
4. Contracted heels: in the first pic where you ask that question, I think a more clear picture might be in order; I can't tell what I'm looking at:)
The second pic yes, the heel looks a bit contracted. However, if she has been barefoot for a year or more that contraction likely will not improve too much, if at all. At least that is what the lameness vet said about one of my horses.
5. While the hooves do need a good cleaning for better evaluation, I'm pretty sure I see thrush in the frogs and possibly white line disease (WLD) on some areas of the whitelines.
6. If she is able to W/T/C sound, I am surprised as her hooves don't look like she is comfortable enough to do much of any kind of work:(
My disclaimer is that I am not a professional farrier but I have trimmed my own horses much of my life and unfortunately know way more about hoof issues than I want to know, thanks to my foundered horse.
His was a severe founder that I thought might cost him his life. He is still here six years later. He's a happy fella and more sound than I ever expected he would be but he has a plethora of issues -- seems when one thing gets resolved, there is something else -- which is how I know about some of the things I think I'm seeing on your mare:)
I would also add that diet is a critical factor in overall hoof health, as is her living environment. Both can be factors where thrush and WLD are concerned:)
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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.