Re: horse losing shoes constantly in field
I have been posting on my other contribution 'TB Going Barefoot - Piccies' but, was asked how things were going, via this link - so this is what is happening with regards to Spirit our Ex Racehorse who was constantly ripping off his shoes in the field. He is now 8 weeks into going barefoot, although it feels a lot longer! His feet were a bit of a mess, I was lucky if it made it past two weeks, once he pulled off the same shoe 5 times in 2 weeks! And he even wore two sets of over reach boots, he would often stand on the side of the shoe and pull it to one side and back, causing trauma.
He is still barefoot, I had a lovely lBFT out two week ago called and we went through his diet, turnout out etc. His back feet are doing really well, they usually do cope more quickly than the fronts, but the front hooves have separation between the lines and the outer hoof wall is peeling off and up towards the better hoof. His feet have grown so much since we had the shoes taken off, a good inch of new growth at the top. We have altered his diet and taken away all sugar and also kept an eye on his grass intake. I have had to keep on top of thrush in his feet, by scrubbing with diluted Milton, he also had a touch of seedy toe in one of his front feet. We have had to go up a size in his Cavallo Hoof Boots which is great, as it shows that his feet are growing. The Barefoot Trimmer was unable to take any growth away as he needs to grow out the bad hoof, the outer wall annd white line is so delicate and paper thin that if she rasped, he would be lame, although the feet dont look pretty, he is sound. He is ridden booted up in the grass field. Booted for hacking and also booted to get him to the field and back as its a farm yard track. The Cavallo boots are very easy to put on and off and we couldnt have gone barefoot without them. Its a case of wait and see how we get on, I am taking each day at a time. He is sound on concrete when walked around the yard, which is amazing when considering how lame he used to be when he lost a shoe and there is no heat.