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post #1 of 18 Old 07-07-2020, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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What do you see?

Can anyone tell me what they see in my horses hooves?
I can see that he has thin soles, and I’ve started him on Cal-Trace to help out.

He has very upright pasterns.
He also walks paddle-footed, that’s the best way to explain it.

He’s not lame or anything and he’s never had a problem as of yet.

Consistent heel first landing.

I have him trimmed a little short right now because we were dealing with some white line issues.
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-07-2020, 08:35 PM
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I wish I knew what I was looking at. I don't see anything 'wrong' tho. . . . How is he moving?
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-07-2020, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Nothing was wrong.
I got xrays because I wanted to see in his hoof.

I kind of wish I didn’t... because now I’m
Looking for things to be wrong.

He’s never been lame.. but I do all his trimming and I am being paranoid.
He’s my little baby!!! 😅😥


PS. Tiny, we need to get in touch soon because I finally talked a friend into going down to bridle trails.. purely just to ride with you!!! 😄
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-07-2020, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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We’ve come
So far together ❤️
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-07-2020, 08:56 PM
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Oh, how I would love that! I no longer have a riding horse. The horse I leased for 6 years was suddenly moved and removed from me as a part lease, leaving me horseless. I have been meaning to go looking for a new situation, but have been sidelined by knee issues that make walking a challenge.



If you do come down with a friend, I would meet you at the parking lot and we could chat, and I'd love on your horse like no tomorrow.



He is so handsome!
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I'm definitely no professional or vet, and I've only taken a class on equine hoof radiograph reading during my biology degree.

I looked at the photos before I read the blurb above them. The only thing I personally see is the upright pasterns. Was going to point that out but then noticed you already mentioned it.

Other than that, I don't see anything concerning... I see no cracks, chips, pinches, arthritis, etc.

Again, not a professional, but his feet looks good and he looks great! Did the vet have anything to say about the radiographs?
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post #7 of 18 Old 07-07-2020, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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April,

No.
He said everything looks fine, other than his thin sole.
I ordered some California Trace minerals and another probiotic supplement. (They can be taken together)

We only ride trails, but they are 15+ miles. He never slows down, never has a misstep... I am seriously paranoid and I just want to make sure I’m doing everything possible for him. It’s the least I can do for him.

I love this horse to pieces... 😅
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-07-2020, 11:43 PM
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I think the way to build up sole is to walk on hard ground. What is his turnout/paddock like? does he get the 'opportunity' to walk on concrete and small gravel, or hard dirt. barefoot? Is he standing in wet ground a lot?



I saw this video once of a stable in England where they took in horses whose owners said they could not be barefoot, no matter what. And, little by little, they had them out on Paddock Paradise set up, over small gravel. and all the slow meandering after food, without a rider or boots/shoes, toughened up their feet.
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The 'upright pasterns' are likely because the bony column is a bit 'broken back'. Combined with the ground surface of P3's looking close to ground parallel, I'd be inclined to use frog support pads, to raise the *internal* caudal foot a bit. Yes, soles are thin, so I'd protect his feet on hard/rough ground. And toes, esp the second pic could be a tad long.
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The 'upright pasterns' are likely because the bony column is a bit 'broken back'. Combined with the ground surface of P3's looking close to ground parallel, I'd be inclined to use frog support pads, to raise the *internal* caudal foot a bit. Yes, soles are thin, so I'd protect his feet on hard/rough ground. And toes, esp the second pic could be a tad long.

I can bring his toes back. Right now if you look at his hooves he looks short. When you look underneath he looks okay. Should I let him grow some heel while a pull the toes back?

The vet said he’s stubby... measured his hoof capsule at 3 1/2 Inches. How would I use frog support if he is not in shoes.

I was thinking his sole looks so shallow because I have him trimmed extremely short because he has some white line troubles. But maybe that’s not the case?

I’m thinking I should post his actual hoof which I will do in a day or two.

I did read about the bony column... I just don’t exactly know what I should do to fix.

Shorten toes and grow more heel?

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