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post #31 of 37 Old 11-20-2018, 02:28 PM
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Woops, here's the picture I drew haha
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@BuckyGold,
Here is the pic of his hind(the same hoof in the links from my previous post) from the side.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9rn3fxtYYTs9oPEA8
His front right is still upright, almost like grade 2 club foot. All four hooves have better and wider frogs, concavity in sole and thicker walls than before though. Again, he is far from perfect and neither am I.
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Didn’t get to read most of the posts, so sorry if I happen to echo advice already given or miss something 🙂 Anyway, here is my 2 cents on shoeing..... it can be very benificial for horses that wear their hooves down quickly, but usually only if the trim is correct beforehand. If the trim in imbalanced, then worse issues can occur such as sidebone, ringbone etc.. I find many people claim shoes help because the horse simply doesn’t feel as much with a shoes vs barefoot.

I have cavello hoof boots for my horse. They are okay, but I find they are bulky and not great outside of regular conditions (outside of a dry ring). There are definitely better options out there. I’ve heard renegades are good for trail riding.

I’d also suggest looking into your horse’s diet if ypu already haven’t. Make sure it’s balanced and he has enough copper as well. Copper, zinc and Iron should be at a 1:4:4 ratio as they are able to block absorption of on another. Also, it is common for thrush to occur in a copper deficiency. Often, copper is overlooked in diets, but helps alot in strength and growth of hoof. A good diet and proper trim can do wonders for a horse.
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@loosie I've drawn my thoughts:
if the white were the pastern and leg roughly matching and reflecting the hoof, would then the hoof angle be healthy/ correct compared to the angle it is?
To my eyes, the heels don't look high enough to cause such a broken forward angle. Is there any possibility the broken forward angle could be the result of degenerative suspensory ligement?

OP can you get new pictures from the side as well?
This is an old thread, but I'm sure I would have said, as usual, I was giving a rough idea, and that the angles are hard to tell the specifics. Yes, if I didn't already say so, it is possible it's a 'coon footed' horse due to DSLD. But no, heel height does not necessarily govern whether a hoof is 'broken forward' and there is more to it.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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@BuckyGold,
Here is the pic of his hind(the same hoof in the links from my previous post) from the side.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9rn3fxtYYTs9oPEA8
His front right is still upright, almost like grade 2 club foot. All four hooves have better and wider frogs, concavity in sole and thicker walls than before though. Again, he is far from perfect and neither am I.
Nice! & definitely no sign of DSLD. Great improvement - and of course, the proof's in the pudding, if he's also going so much better. If he weren't feeling better, that would be an indication that you weren't doing well.

So that second last pic was also hind? Given this last, might be the skewed angle of the pic, but it looks as though the foot could be ever so slightly 'broken back', which could be that heels are a little too low now. The lump at the coronary border is also an indications something's not right.
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Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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Nice! & definitely no sign of DSLD. Great improvement - and of course, the proof's in the pudding, if he's also going so much better. If he weren't feeling better, that would be an indication that you weren't doing well.

Thanks Loosie,
He is goes everywhere without discomfort and hooves look much better(to my limited knowledge). I'm the one who is always on the lookout for rocks to avoid but if I didn't steer, he walks right over them. He used to walk around rocks on the same trail in the beginning.

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So that second last pic was also hind? Given this last, might be the skewed angle of the pic, but it looks as though the foot could be ever so slightly 'broken back', which could be that heels are a little too low now. The lump at the coronary border is also an indications something's not right.
Do you think it could be due to excessive wear? My terrain is very abrasive and hard with rocks. I also walk him under saddle on paved road for about a KM during each ride as I read somewhere that it conditions the hooves and improves digital cushion.

Thank you.
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Could be, if he lands significantly heel first all the time.

Some info I've found helpful; [COLOR=Lime][B]www.horseforum.com/horse-health/hoof-lameness-info-horse-owners-89836/
For taking critique pics; [COLOR=Lime][B]https://www.horseforum.com/members/41...res-128437.jpg
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