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post #11 of 26 Old 07-24-2018, 12:50 PM
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I was trying to think about what could possibly be in that pasture that would cause those injury, but, considering the color of the sole...mutilation seems the most likely cause.
That's my thought, too. Someone carved up this horse with a hoof knife, and a dull one at that needing far too much pressure. Then the horse flinched or they cut too deep and voila! You get these big chunks out of the sole and point of the frog. No reputable barn would allow someone to practice on horses, and whoever this is has no clue how to trim a foot, or they did it intentionally to hurt this horse. Are you buying him and the barn is upset? A big show coming up?
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post #12 of 26 Old 07-24-2018, 01:19 PM
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Are you guys sure it's not just the frog shedding. I've had them peel up tip-first and then I cut off the flap (because I don't want to peel off the whole frog) but they do shed maybe once a year and that would explain why it's happening on multiple feet.


The only thing that doesn't jive with that theory is that he is lame. He shouldn't be lame if it's shedding naturally. But I could totally see that if the frog is shedding, someone (like myself) cutting off the "tab."

There's a lot of stupid out there!
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post #13 of 26 Old 07-24-2018, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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I would be very concerned.... more than one foot may be intentional mutilation or someone without a clue trying to 'map the foot' and find the true point of the frog with a dull hoof knife and doing a very, very bad job of it. The location is flat out wrong for injury, especially on more than one foot. Thrush usually isn't in this spot. Loosie's advice is sound. I'm afraid your vet/trainer/whatever is not treating this correctly, either.

I certainly hope your mom hasn't started paying for this horse. If so, I would stop all payments until a decent vet AND farrier has seen this horse-- not the ones the barn uses, different ones. Something fishy is going on. If you are buying this horse and your vet and farrier clear him, pay for him and GET HIM TO A DECENT BARN.
We aren't paying him off. Theres too many risks with it. We are waiting for our rental house to sell and paying for him in full all at once.
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post #14 of 26 Old 07-24-2018, 04:00 PM
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I agree that it looks like someone took a hoof knife to the bottom of his hoof, and accidentally (or maybe not accidentally???) sliced too deep.


Anything rough or jagged in the pasture that he possibly could have found is not going to create a SMOOTH cut like that. That is from a paring knife.



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I agree that it looks like someone took a hoof knife to the bottom of his hoof, and accidentally (or maybe not accidentally???) sliced too deep.
If this is the case, I'm having a longggg chat with the friend I asked to keep his hooves picked out this week. She is the only one that I'm aware of that was messing with his feet. Do you think it could have happened with a hoof pick?
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No. Not a hoofpick. That looks like a blade slice from a hoof knife.
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post #17 of 26 Old 07-24-2018, 04:45 PM
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@QtrBel , are those white lines along the soles the slices used with the knife?
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It looks like someone was attempting to map the hoof and yes there is also some pared off IMO.
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post #19 of 26 Old 07-24-2018, 05:35 PM
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If this is the case, I'm having a longggg chat with the friend I asked to keep his hooves picked out this week. She is the only one that I'm aware of that was messing with his feet. Do you think it could have happened with a hoof pick?
Minus the missing frog, this is how soles tend to look like after a farrier has done his trimming. Someone took a bladed instrument to that hoof to take off all the darkened material. With a hoof pick, you may see a few white lines, but not uniform white like this. Wow...that's all I can say...wow. I wouldn't even dare to take a rasp to smoothen roughed up edges of a hoof without supervision, let alone cutting away at parts where you can lay bare living tissue!
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post #20 of 26 Old 07-24-2018, 06:04 PM
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Watch about the 2-minute mark to about 2:45. This looks like what they were trying to do. Unfortunately, whoever did it didn't have a clue how to do it safely.



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