Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
If Chance still looks like that, he appears to be at a good weight but is lacking muscle, IMO. The high withers bother me less than his high hip bones.
Just because he doesn't have the stereotypical look of a metabolic horse, doesn't mean he couldn't have metabolic issues. Blood work would be great and a better diet would be great, along with the owner getting her nose down in those hooves more than just an occasional casual glance.
It sounds like he lives mostly in dirt --- "clean dirt" isn't so bad, as long as his hooves are cleaned out a few times weekly. However, if nobody is cleaning the manure out of his living area every single day, the manure breaks down into the dirt and causes serious hoof problems. I know this
from the five years I lived in Southern California and my horses initially were on 3/4 acre of sand and ground-in manure.
I was on my own so it took me awhile to save up enough money to get a front loader in there to scrape all that built up crap & sand out and haul it off in a TRI-axle dump. The thrush in their hooves cleared up almost in front of my eyes. Before I could afford all that clean up, I was cleaning and putting meds on 12 hooves every day after I got home from work which was a 76 mile drive one way --- I don't have much sympathy for owner excuses for not doing due diligence care with their horse, unless the horse is hours away:)
I don't know how you get the owner to spend some money for a better diet, some blood work, and fix the pasture issue. If the owner won't step up, I still say you may have to turn your back so you won't end up getting blamed for what isn't right with those hooves:(
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.