Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
If you can swing it, I'd do the x-rays before you do the hoof boots, then show those radiographs to your farrier. Sometimes seeing what is actually going on inside the foot can mean a drastically different trim. You don't want to spend money on boots if you'll need a different type or size once your horse is trimmed if the farrier adjusts based on the radiographs. Call around-- I've had x-rays done for less than $200, especially if it was just the fronts and the vet could work me in when he was in the vicinity for another call rather than making a special trip. Sometimes what's apparent on the outside doesn't match the inside, and if that's the case, seeing the angle of the foot's structures can mean adjusting the breakover by taking the toe back much farther than one would without having them, and if that's the case and your mare is then more comfortable, you may not need the boots at all.