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  1. hoof critique ? someone?

    quote: Originally posted by satansfury: I'm not sure how anyone could look at these pics and say that the horse "needs shoes", looks to me like the horse "needs" a more competent ferrier. QB] First of all, this is my opinion as a farrier. Second of all, what is a ferrier? quote: Originally posted by satansfury: What I see is a lack of toe height, due the fact that the toe was clearly rasped from the bottom. The toe callous has been removed, which is barefoot no-no #1. The overgrown bars don't appear to have been addressed at all, and they look to be weight bearing towards the back (can be very painful for some horses). The heels could still come back some as well. I don't agree with the amount of sole that was taken off towards the toe of this horse, or the lack of a 45 bevel at the toe, but theres no reason why you cannot do that from the bottom of the foot just as easily as from a hoof stand. If she wants this horse sound, then yes, he needs those feet balanced, and shoes at least in the meantime to protect what foot he has left, which isn't much. Possibly a pour-in pad could do him some good as well to provide more protection considering his lack of sole, and bruising. Maybe after he's had a set of shoes for 4-5 weeks and grows some foot then she can try letting him go barefoot again- if her farrier advises her to. However in the future he definitely needs a more balanced trim, a better bevel, and lots more sole left on him.
  2. hoof critique ? someone?

    As a farrier, I can tell you that the bevel is the least of his problems. He needs shoes. Kate [ 11-05-2007, 10:24 PM: Message edited by: REN0 ]
  3. Reining Horses Rounded or Not?

    I wish that whatever Dressage rider who said that reining horses weren't round had been at the AQHA Congress in Ohio last night to see Janet Harms, head dressage instructor of Findlay College, show in the freestyle reining competition on her horse. How much more could reining horses drag their butts in a slide before they'd be considered round?! If they were any rounder they'd be folded in half!
  4. Reining Horses Rounded or Not?

    I wish that whatever Dressage rider who said that reining horses weren't round had been at the AQHA Congress in Ohio last night to see Janet Harms, head dressage instructor of Findlay College, show in the freestyle reining competition on her horse. How much more could reining horses drag their butts in a slide before they'd be considered round?! If they were any rounder they'd be folded in half!
  5. Pics of my filly..

    Hi there, I'm not new to these boards, I'm more of a lurker for the past few years. Thought I would post a few pics of my two year old appendix filly, Reno. Any comments or critiques would be welcomed! I've had her since she was about 4 months old, and I've got her started under saddle lightly this year. Went out and saddled her today to go ride, and it started raining.. So, we were waiting it out in the barn and I was bored so I started taking some pictures with my phone. Enjoy! Got new polos today, gotta eat the package... Ok, bored! Maybe the brushes and hoofpick would taste good....
  6. Old mare dying, need advice SOON... HELP!

    Thanks everyone very much, I'll pass on the information... Hopefully it will help her make a decision for the good of the mare.. Kate
  7. Old mare dying, need advice SOON... HELP!

    Thanks everyone very much, I'll pass on the information... Hopefully it will help her make a decision for the good of the mare.. Kate
  8. Hi everyone, was hoping to get a few tips on here to hopefully help a friends horse. This mare is 24 years old, and her kidneys are failing her. She's on steroids and other medications, recieves the best of care, and veterinary attention- but the mare will not eat because- to my understanding- when their kidneys start failing they lose their appetite. Her owner has tried everything from applesauce, alfafa cubes, beet pulp, sweet feed, pellets, molasses, ANYTHING, and she might eat a little for a day or two, then won't touch it. She will eat grass alot better than anything else, and they have her turned out on it, but down here in south Florida, especially with no rain, the grass is terrible and cannot support her enough. She has lost soooooo much weight and her owner is absolutely distraught. At the rate this mares going, she probably won't last much longer. Does anyone have ANY suggestions, advise, ANYTHING that could help this mare? Any supplement- herbal or otherwise that would work to make her eat? Please reply as soon as possible! Thank you Kate
  9. Old mare dying, need advice SOON... HELP!

    Hi everyone, was hoping to get a few tips on here to hopefully help a friends horse. This mare is 24 years old, and her kidneys are failing her. She's on steroids and other medications, recieves the best of care, and veterinary attention- but the mare will not eat because- to my understanding- when their kidneys start failing they lose their appetite. Her owner has tried everything from applesauce, alfafa cubes, beet pulp, sweet feed, pellets, molasses, ANYTHING, and she might eat a little for a day or two, then won't touch it. She will eat grass alot better than anything else, and they have her turned out on it, but down here in south Florida, especially with no rain, the grass is terrible and cannot support her enough. She has lost soooooo much weight and her owner is absolutely distraught. At the rate this mares going, she probably won't last much longer. Does anyone have ANY suggestions, advise, ANYTHING that could help this mare? Any supplement- herbal or otherwise that would work to make her eat? Please reply as soon as possible! Thank you Kate
  10. Rattlesnake bite horse, UPDATE- pics!

    Hey guys! Sorry it's been so long, have been having trouble with the camera, and busy working lately.. Took these pic's with my phone tonight, after our FIRST RIDE since his bite! I only rode him for about 20 minutes, just easy walk/trot, he was soooo happy to be out. I have to say though, ANY stick or twig or anything that looked slightly snakey or slithery like, he gave it a lot of room and several snorts. Also, when we walked by a few palmetto trees the cicada bugs started to make racket and he freaked out. They sounded kind of like rattles from a rattle snake, that's my best asumption- he thought it was a snake. Poor guy! He's going to have a nasty scar on his nose, but I think that will be about the only thing to ever be able to tell. The other marks on his nose that I assumed were extra bites just turned out to be his skin cracking from all the swelling. All of that is healed now. His face is normal sized, it just feels... tight? That's the only way I can describe it. Besides that, he's doing wonderfully, picking up a little more weight, SLOWLY.. I added some corn oil to his grain, and plan on adding some beet pulp too. Anyways, sorry so long, here's the pics! This one is hard to tell because it was a camera phone pic, but it is the spot that's probably going to be a scar. It's yellow because of the furazone spray I put on it..
  11. Hey guys! Sorry it's been so long, have been having trouble with the camera, and busy working lately.. Took these pic's with my phone tonight, after our FIRST RIDE since his bite! I only rode him for about 20 minutes, just easy walk/trot, he was soooo happy to be out. I have to say though, ANY stick or twig or anything that looked slightly snakey or slithery like, he gave it a lot of room and several snorts. Also, when we walked by a few palmetto trees the cicada bugs started to make racket and he freaked out. They sounded kind of like rattles from a rattle snake, that's my best asumption- he thought it was a snake. Poor guy! He's going to have a nasty scar on his nose, but I think that will be about the only thing to ever be able to tell. The other marks on his nose that I assumed were extra bites just turned out to be his skin cracking from all the swelling. All of that is healed now. His face is normal sized, it just feels... tight? That's the only way I can describe it. Besides that, he's doing wonderfully, picking up a little more weight, SLOWLY.. I added some corn oil to his grain, and plan on adding some beet pulp too. Anyways, sorry so long, here's the pics! This one is hard to tell because it was a camera phone pic, but it is the spot that's probably going to be a scar. It's yellow because of the furazone spray I put on it..
  12. Rattlesnake bite on muzzle (Pg 14 new update)

    Hey all! Sorry it's taken so long to update! His face looks normal, he's eating and drinking normally, and even putting some weight back on! No signs of founder, I trimmed him today and everything is great. The swelling in his legs is gone, everything nice and tight. Today there is actually two little scabs on the bridge of his nose, which is the bite, and the other ones on his bottom lip seem to have just been cracking from all the swelling. I've been turning him out for a few hours a day, and he's soooo happy to be loose of his stall(normally he's out 24/7). I still need to snap some pictures of him for you guys, I'll try and do that tomorrow. Fudge02- Actually, I have an opportunity to move up north, and I can't take all 3 horses with me, I was only planning on taking my filly since I raised her from 2 months up.. So unfortunately I'll probably have to consider selling him and my other gelding. Look for him online in a few months. once again, I don't think I could possibly say it enough, THANK YOU, all of you for the wonderful support and advice!!! Kate
  13. Rattlesnake bite on muzzle (Pg 14 new update)

    Hey all! Sorry it's taken so long to update! His face looks normal, he's eating and drinking normally, and even putting some weight back on! No signs of founder, I trimmed him today and everything is great. The swelling in his legs is gone, everything nice and tight. Today there is actually two little scabs on the bridge of his nose, which is the bite, and the other ones on his bottom lip seem to have just been cracking from all the swelling. I've been turning him out for a few hours a day, and he's soooo happy to be loose of his stall(normally he's out 24/7). I still need to snap some pictures of him for you guys, I'll try and do that tomorrow. Fudge02- Actually, I have an opportunity to move up north, and I can't take all 3 horses with me, I was only planning on taking my filly since I raised her from 2 months up.. So unfortunately I'll probably have to consider selling him and my other gelding. Look for him online in a few months. once again, I don't think I could possibly say it enough, THANK YOU, all of you for the wonderful support and advice!!! Kate
  14. Hoof Shape.....(Pics Of Jake's Feet Added)

    I would take his heels down just a tad and even up the sidewalls. I'd also undercut the sole just a hair right behind the white line at the toe, it's just a bit high for me. In the second pic his foot looks kind of distorted/unbalanced, and it may be that he needs a trim, or the dirt packed in it, but it looks kind of like theres a little seperation in there. Hard to tell though, could just be the pic too. Otherwise, I'd say he's got some pretty nice looking feet. Except for a couple little things there, he's just fine, I wouldn't worry. Kate
  15. Hoof Shape.....(Pics Of Jake's Feet Added)

    I would take his heels down just a tad and even up the sidewalls. I'd also undercut the sole just a hair right behind the white line at the toe, it's just a bit high for me. In the second pic his foot looks kind of distorted/unbalanced, and it may be that he needs a trim, or the dirt packed in it, but it looks kind of like theres a little seperation in there. Hard to tell though, could just be the pic too. Otherwise, I'd say he's got some pretty nice looking feet. Except for a couple little things there, he's just fine, I wouldn't worry. Kate