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post #11 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Cotton: Interesting! I've never seen such shoes before (will do some research).

Natisha: what is "tiny toe show"? Never heard about it either.

As I said I'm quite ignorant when it comes to shoeing (as both my mares go barefeet). May be good time to learn something new. :)




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post #12 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 05:12 PM
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I rescued my Arab 19+ years ago, starving and with injured vertebra.

One of the things he does when he needs an adjustment is to drag his hind toes and leave "snake trails". I can see the wear marks on his the tops of his toes.

Point-being, I would have a qualified chiropractor look at the horse first, be sure he is being trimmed properly second. "Properly" doesn't necessrily mean according to spec either. It can also mean trimming the horse according to what keeps it comfortable with the old injury:)
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post #13 of 14 Old 08-13-2012, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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walkinthewalk, the owner is already calling the chiro and aquap out to see if it'll improve any. It was vet's suggestion, but vet also said that the dragging will still be there (just may be not as bad). So just trying all possible ideas! :)



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post #14 of 14 Old 08-17-2012, 09:06 PM
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I would suggest looking into The Masterson Technique. You can buy the book on amazon called the Masterson Method.

When a horse does something odd like dragging a foot - there IS an underlying reason why. Although the vet says that he is not in pain he clearly is compromised in some way. I would start working to try and locate the pain and tension so you can begin to work it out.

I would aslo start stretching his hind and get a good idea of his ROM. Try to maybe work him over some ground polls to see if he is able to pick those feet up!

Keep us updated! Good luck!
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