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post #11 of 27 Old 07-31-2019, 11:51 PM
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post #12 of 27 Old 08-03-2019, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Was able to get some photos today. They aren’t great, as the pony wasn’t super cooperative, but will try and get some better ones another time.
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And Right front.
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Ouchie! Poor bloke. Yeah, keep him padded I reckon. Will get back to you soon on this - taken a 5 min break from doing stuff.
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Will do. He seems much happier with the padding.
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post #16 of 27 Old 08-05-2019, 07:58 PM
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Meant to get back to this... It's obvious his toes are quite 'stretched', and heels are high - as per 'guesstimate' lines I drew - looks like heels 'want' to be higher on right(bit clubby) & maybe previous farriers have tried to 'match' them by leaving left foot longer, but it has 'run forward'. I would definitely address that, 'backing up' the toes ASAP & lowering heels gradually(just to sole plane & no more than about 1/4" in one go.

But your sole pics are a good eg of why you can't just go off pics, even good ones like these, as, maybe from the angle of the pics on the ground, they look far more distorted/stretched forward than it appears from the sole pics. Therefore I'm unwilling to draw 'guesstimate' lines there, but if you learn to 'map' the feet properly from the ELPO guidelines, you will get an accurate idea **barring any 'ski tip' remodelling that may have happened to the tip of P3, meaning this will be slightly more forward than the bone naturally should be.

As it's obvious his feet have been like this long term, a 'ski tip' to the P3's is likely, although you can't know this without xrays. Therefore, if suspected, the way I'd deal with that is to allow another, say 5mm or up to 1/4" forward from where I 'mapped' the breakover. Over a few trims, it should then become apparent whether the foot 'needs' this extra ATM or not.
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Oh & if overgrown bars were removed & kept down to sole level, you will better see what needs to be done with the heels. There is probably some excessive sole in the corners which will be able to come away if it 'wants' to if not 'locked in'.
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post #18 of 27 Old 08-06-2019, 11:25 AM
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I feel like aside from the obvious neglect there are some good feet under there.

@loosie are you optimistic about rehab?

I am not a farrier but as he's otherwise in good shape I think it's at least worth trying! I agree there's likely some rotation, again would recommend xrays if possible but I think it's safe to assume there's at least some.
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Yes I agree Yogi. Nice heels, despite obvious problems. I think he probably had time to develop them well with good feet, before he was allowed to develop such issues. Of course, not likely just about his feet. Diet & other changes will likely be a big part of necessary rehab too.
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post #20 of 27 Old 08-07-2019, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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@loosie Thanks so much for the advice! I'll let the BO know when I see him next. Unfortunately, the farrier had something pop up so had to reschedule for next week, but It will be interesting to see what changes he decides to make with the pony's trim.

I never saw his hooves before he was brought to the barn, but BO said that the hooves were curling over before he brought the trailer out and were cut completely off before he arrived. Despite the present condition of his hooves, I've been quite surprised how well the pony has been going. My own horse was pretty sore with mild laminitis. He couldn't be coaxed into trotting, but he is a big guy with relatively flat soles to begin with. This pony kicked off his boots the other day and decided to trot around without them
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