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My Mare Is In So Much Pain From A Trim

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OK, I have to say something.

You have had this horse 3 years and her feet look like this and your Vet thinks your farrier is doing a good job with what he has to work with? [shocked]

Her feet are in this shape because of YOU ... I'm sorry to be so blunt and yeah, prepared for the attacks now but I really don't give a rat's arse. 3 years and her feet look like total crap and you can't see it?

I need to shut up now ... seriously ...

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Why don't you have her go barefoot. She deosn't need her heels to grow. I don't think the pads matter whether she has them or not.Your farrier must have shoed unbalanced. That can be a cause, my filly did that when my farrier didn't balance her out right she went lame then I called a friend who did shoeing and she balanced her up and now she fine and happy. I hope that helped. Good Luck!

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My thoughts exactly Andi. Sorry to sound so harsh - but you have had this horse for 3 years!! The horse became this way in YOUR care!

The hoof wall of a normal adult horse grows at a rate of approximately 0.24-0.4 inches (six to 10 millimeters) per month. At the toe, it takes between nine and 12 months for hoof horn to grow down from the coronet to the ground surface; at the quarters, six to eight months; and at the shorter heels, four to five months. Naturally, this time is longer for horses kept with longer feet, such as saddleseat-shown American Saddlebreds and Tennessee Walking Horses. - Quoted from an internet website..

So in a nutshell - the horse had a chance to regrow all four of the hooves three times over already in your care.

The vet didn't feel like doing x-rays? Sounds like a money issue to me to be honest. I'm sure the vet wanted to do the x-rays (especially if it's the only way to find out "How bad it is"), but perhaps it was a bit too costly for you. I know times are tough, and if I'm wrong I apologize, but I just can't understand why your vet WOULDN'T want those radiographs - and pronto.

Again - I am not trying to sound snarky or rude, and I am glad you are addressing this issue. Please continue to do whatever it takes to correct this problem, and we'll all be rooting for your mare %100 along her way to recovery.

ETA: I just thought of something..... In the 3 years you have owned this horse - have you not had any vet out worth a dang enough to tell you the hooves need help?

Edited by Rollin_after_a_bath

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well Trinity just tell us how you REALLY feel ha?! tee hee!!! I REALLY get you I've been in the same boat with Ferriers too!In fact just fired my last one and finally found a good "Barefoot Man"and he was there ALL the time I just had the misfortune of picking the worst of our 2 resident ferriers! well I'll tell ya!! you get educated really fast!! !st thing I learned is to NOT let the BM take care of your horse while the ferrier is there, and YOUR not! Honey was butchered(see pix) so bad she could'nt walk for 2 days also and her legs were all crooked cause she was so unlevel! and took a BIG! hunk out of her foot,and him come back and fix it 4 days later so she wasn't so sore,still look'd stupid! So I went to watch our other guy work on the other horses,Talk'd to him on what I wanted and HE got the job! And I'm thrill'd!! But that was after the 3rd one!All I'm say'n is you have to be PRO-active! talk to other people that have horses w/ issues that are simalar to yours and don't just settle! I thought oh...its just a trim well it NOT! they can really screw up your horse!

Edited by honeysmom

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OK, I have to say something.

You have had this horse 3 years and her feet look like this and your Vet thinks your farrier is doing a good job with what he has to work with? [shocked]

Her feet are in this shape because of YOU ... I'm sorry to be so blunt and yeah, prepared for the attacks now but I really don't give a rat's arse. 3 years and her feet look like total crap and you can't see it?

I need to shut up now ... seriously ...

[Not Worthy] this^^ And what was your vet thinking?? Seriously, that farrier is doing a terrible job. Shame on you for not doing anything sooner.

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I don't understand why anyone would want to put a shoe on hooves in such bad shape. It does not seem logical to put holes in a bad hoof. Please think about finding someone who can transition her to barefoot. I probably went through 5 farriers before I found my barefoot trimmer. It is amazing the difference he has made. Did you look at or read any of the stories on the website Trinity gave you?

I hope you don't just accept what your vet said without looking further and doing your own research. It seems like that is what has gotten your horse in this shape. I love my Vet and he is great with shots and the routine things for horses, but if it is something out of the norm he calls an equine specialist to.

Good luck I hope you find your horse the help she needs before it is too late.

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Sorry all I have been going all day with everyone coming out today.

Well the good news is it is an absest in the back of the leg at the bulbs. Vet got it out and now we are treating. The Bad news is the vet said she had foundered before (I know she hasn?t with me she thinks because her hoofs looked like that when I got her it has been some time) so the only way to find out how bad it is via x-rays but she didn?t want to do that today she just wanted to take care of the absest first. She said the ferrier is doing a good job with what he has and without the knowledge of the x-rays to shoe correctly to a foundered horse.

Thank you all for all your support and information. I have learned a lot about hoofs today!

She also said that she is VERY shallow and in the middle of the sole she can press it in so she needs to be padded as if she steps on a rock in that spot that could be the end of her. UGH....

"none are so blind as those who will not see"

When that vet is likely talking about "shallow" and in the "middle of the sole she can press on it", I am willing to bet she means that your horse's P3 (coffin bone) is about to come through the sole of her hoof. Congratulations. That is a death sentence for a horse.

Yup. All the honey really helped.

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You know, I've had a couple of horses with abscesses before. One stepped on a piece of greasewood thorn right at the frog and another one picked up a horse shoe nail. In both of those cases, the Vet insisted on doing x-rays to see if there was anything in the hoof before treating.

Go figure.

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You know, I've had a couple of horses with abscesses before. One stepped on a piece of greasewood thorn right at the frog and another one picked up a horse shoe nail. In both of those cases, the Vet insisted on doing x-rays to see if there was anything in the hoof before treating.

Go figure.

YEP! It's awful difficult to completely treat, if you don't know the full extent of what you are trying to heal.

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I don't understand the lack of radiographs at all. I have had them taken here at home 4 or 5 times over the years, and they always turned out just fine. I am just at a loss that any vet would resist taking them. It's not like it is an invasive procedure. I am having difficulty understanding why any competant vet would not take films, or why the shoes are still on that horse. I fear this horse is doomed.

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horsen' - You said some farriers were supposed to come out and give some opinions as well, did you at least get the shoes pulled?

I for one hope you stay around on here, as I would like to hear updates on this mare. There has been some great suggestions and I hope you have at least been pointed in the right direction with her.

~stars

Edited by Stars_Morab

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I lived in ignorance for 10 years when if came to a horses foot. I probably sent two to slaughter in the long run of things because I did not know how to fix founder and navicular and had to trade them for sound horses. If I had had those horses today I could have fixed them both completely I am 100% certain.

Do I feel bad? yep but more so I am PI**ED that no professional told me different and I chose not to seek knowledge sooner. I paid someone to do a good job..I should have gotten what I paid for the that professionals training hsould have covered these things...we live and learn and all we can do is progress and stop using those who choose not to keep learning with an open mind to nontraditional ways that work.

Ignorance can be fixed with knowledge and "want to"

I dont blame the owner completely, but definitely the professionals she paid are up for alot of blame in my book.

Robbery imo...plain out and out robbery of your money and good faith and your horses well being.

JM cranky O

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