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post #1 of 3 Old 07-13-2018, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thin soles

what are your suggestions for dealing with thin soles on an older horse? He has pads put on with his shoes and that worked for a while but the sole is still too thin after alot of time.... now im looking for an new ideas
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-13-2018, 08:03 PM
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Some horses just don't grow a lot of sole....
genetics

Sometimes it is the farrier trims and peels to much sole...
farrier
Sometimes it is a combination...
farrier and genetics...
But it does make me wonder how if a full pad on with a shoe how the sole is being touched except for what is being packed between sole and pad...
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I think this is very rarely if ever a 'genetics' problem, but environmental. And just like you 'grow' thick callouses if you do manual labor with your hands, or walk barefoot, so do horses. So long as their feet are healthy & functional enough to do so.

Firstly, while using pads if shod conventionally may be necessary to protect thin soles, they won't help them become thicker. If feet are unhealthy, &/or horse has been shod conventionally long term without respite, I strongly believe continuing to shoe conventionally (peripheral loading rims) is part of the problem & will cause feet to worsen. Therefore, getting feet out of shoes & using hoof boots or such when necessary is part of the solution.

Trimming, diet/nutrition and environment/management are all important factors too.

Perhaps you could (check out link in my signature for pics needed) & post some pics & further info on those things for more specific advice.

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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