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    Montrose, Colorado
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    The obvious, horses, outside, dirt, natural alternatives to medicine, health, fitness, nutrition, business, camping, hunting, western and learning as much as I can!
  1. Thank you! How often do you change the cotton.... every day?
  2. Thank you Storey - he is pasture fed, a mix of grasses and other natural weeds and things. Where on the forum did you post the video about doing the cotton ball wedges? I would enjoy seeing that.
  3. Hey guys - thanks for your patience. I took some updated pics of his hoof. I tried the trick you recommended Trinity to see if it is a club foot, it seemed he has good flexibility in it. It is also apparent I am dealing with some white line issues as well. Poor guy! We are walking him on our gravel/dirt driveway as recommended. I haven't been able to shave the fetlocks so I hope these pictures can help a bit more than the previous ones.
  4. Yeah we trimmed the heels and bars down more after these pictures. I take some new ones..... His lameness hasn't changed much, but a lot of that I am thinking could be because of the angle the coffin bone is sitting inside and there is a lot of pressure on his toe. The rest of his leg seems fine, so I thinking that over time getting the correct shape and balance will least I am hoping!
  5. Thank you for your response on this. I am asking on another barefoot forum I am apart of, because I like to gather as much information as I possible can. I have trimmed before, I began barefoot trimming with a mare I had that had white line disease and was able to help her heal and become sound again. I don't consider myself an expert, and try to learn as much as I possible can. Unfortunately after I posted this, we had some family things that I had to be out of town for the last while and am just being able to check back on this post. He is still favoring this foot, and I have been continuing to take care of the thrush. We have since these pictures taken off some more at the heel, however I am a believer in less is better than too much when trying to rehabilitate, so I am trying to be cautious with how much we do. It has obviously been a really long time since he has had any work done with his hooves. I would appreciate any advice to make this a much better and comfortable experience for him.
  6. For some reason pictures aren't working to upload for me - here is a link to my gallery that has his photo's in it
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  11. Got a new mini last week and upon preparing for a trim, found some unfortunate circumstances. He has thrush and his frog is kind of messed up. I have never experienced any of these things so am unsure of where to start. These pictures are before we trimmed the hoof wall down and cut some of the frog off. His sole is real flaky and chunks were coming off, and I don't know how much to keep scraping it...... I am using apple cider vinegar right now, and will combine that with some essential oils. I have never had to cut a frog before so am unsure of how much to take off. He also wears the insides of his hooves, probably from being unbalanced for so long - I wouldn't be able to guess how long it's been since anyone has done anything with his hooves. Anyway, I will post some more pictures later, but any ideas/recommendations are greatly appreciated!
  12. The article isn't showing up I think I want to try the rice bran. I have heard of beet pulp and corn oil. Honestly I don't like giving corn to any of my animals other than cows. And beet pulp is extremely genetically modified. I think I would have better luck with finding a non-gmo rice bran. Thanks for that input, and if the article can be re-posted I would really like to read it!
  13. Thanks! I actually have used essential oils for about 4 years now, and use a company called Forever Green. They are the only oils I trust. I use only herbs and essential oils to take care of my family, but haven't had much experience applying that knowledge to animals. I don't know much about their physical make up compared to ours. I do know to dilute, but not sure of the dilution ratio. I found a book but it hasn't been released yet that uses the oils I use, so I am patiently waiting for that :) I really appreciate your input. Cats are the most sensitive with EO's, and dogs tolerate them pretty well, so it is nice to know horses are along the same lines as them. (if you want to know why I use only the oils I do, I can email you a document)
  14. Thanks guys I appreciate the information. equi-librium, Are there any particular cautions with using the eo's with the horses. All my study has been on the human body and not animals. I know with cats, for example, you have to be really cautious about what oils you use. I just don't want to start taking care of them like I do myself and family and have any ill effects. Do their livers metabolize the oils ok? Are there oils I want to avoid using?
  15. So awesome!! I am excited to have that relationship with my yearlings :) Do you do Parelli?