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tatti

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tatti says:

Ex racehorse Thoroughbred going barefoot! Photos & Video

Photos as promised, having problems with down loading but hope you can see these ok, ex race horse thoroughbred who kept pulling his shoes off, got fed up and so am giving barefoot a go, only one week in. He would tear around the field and pull them off, despite having two pairs of over reach boots on, he would also step on himself and pull the shoe sideways. We have had the farrier out so many times,  the poor horse spent more time on box rest with his foot in a poultice than ridden. Eventually, there was no hoof to nail onto, we had already removed the back shoes anyway, after his accident when he fractured his face and was turned away. Having problems with ridden work as well, he will throw his head up in the air and fight the bit, noticed that he would trip at times when I took him out of the field. Shall see if he improves with the shoes removed. Am going to totally alter his diet too. It shall be interesting.

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tatti

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Rosebudd

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Re: Ex racehorse Thoroughbred going barefoot! Piccies

 good luck with going barefoot, are you having a barefoot specialist farrier come out to trim feet? also have or are you considering diet and things? i think theres such a thing as a barefoot diet? not sure.. supplements like rosehips, seaweed ?  havent seen any other posts about this but would love to no how you get on :)  x 

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i think you need a farrier to come and trim and smooth his feet so less hoof gets chipped away, other wise he may loose too much hoof. fingers crossed, he may get a bit foot sore to start though

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Micki

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Micki says:

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Here is a great forum for you to join. It is ful of info for you about keeping your horse barefoot. There are people on there that have tb's barefoot.

Here is the link

http://phoenixhorse.myfastforum.org/index.php

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Bluesnow05

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Re: Ex racehorse Thoroughbred going barefoot! Piccies

 I agree I think you really need a farrier out to trim and tidy his feet so that they don't start to snap off.  The nail holes look awfully low on those photos, like he's been shod wrong or has had that set of shoes on for a long time??  when was he last fully shod?  My TB mare was fine with no shoes on, we could hack out for miles every day.  She only had shoes on when we did loads of roadwork x

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oldmare

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all our three are barefoot ,  balin our TB and cracker have never had shoes on and both are fine with it.  william for last year has been barefoot, our farrier trims apprx every 8 weeks.   once you have his feet trimmed just keep an eye on his hoof growth. 

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oldmare

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Re: Ex racehorse Thoroughbred going barefoot! Piccies

all our three are barefoot ,  balin our TB and cracker have never had shoes on and both are fine with it.  william for last year has been barefoot, our farrier trims apprx every 8 weeks.   once you have his feet trimmed just keep an eye on his hoof growth. 

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Re: Ex racehorse Thoroughbred going barefoot! Piccies

ZZ was barefoot from 2002 until 2009 when she had her laminitis, she now wears aluminium heartbars on the front.  Welshie came to me in 2002 and the first thing I did was have her shoes removed - not a problem at all.  Anya, bless her arrived with me about 4 years ago and had had her shoes removed just before, she's a TB, and all 3 of mine have fabulous feet.

Anya was a little footy to begin with, but with a good diet and regular trimming they are all fine.  In fact my farrier arrives and needs a new rasp as my girls feet are like rock!!  Anyway I always have the farrier to Anya and Welshie every 8 weeks and ZZ every 4. Good luck

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tatti

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photo of other front hoof, with crack now appearing

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tatti

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OK, one week into being barefoot, my farrier removed the front shoes and as to be expected, he was sore when we walked him to his stable accross the yard, but a different type of sore than when he would yank his shoe off. Next day needed to get him to the field, trouble is, there is a long track and its stony with small and large rocks, it was awful getting him to the field, he winced with every step and it took forever, he hit his front hoof and held it up, I felt such a terrible mummy. Let him free in the field and he tore around, so feet are fine on the grass! Tried to get him back in that night and he refused to move onto the track, we had to leave him in the field for 3 days while I tore around like a mad thing going to various tack shops trying out different types of hoof boots, eventually got some size 2 Cavallo hoof boots and after 3 days were able to get him out of the field, he looked really wierd wearing them, like a pair of wellies attached to his feet but, they done the trick.

One week later. Feel like we have gone backwards a bit, two days ago, he had quite a big of heat in the front feet but, cool in back and I know that with new barefoot or even long term barefoot, you have to watch out for LGL as they can now 'feel' their feet and will hobble and watch their sugar, hence a different diet for new barefoots. He has good turnout to encourage hoof stimulation but bringing him in at night so cant eat 24/7 - the paddock is not lush grass, but enough of it. When we took his hoof boots of last night after getting him in from the field, he didnt want to walk accross the concrete yard to his stable, he was very sore, previously I would say 70% sound on concrete but, last night approx 50% -

He has been tearing around the field with and without his hoof boots so, wonder if he has bruised his soles, watching him trot and canter around this morning in the field he is still 100% sound on grass.

Felt for pulse and it was same on front as back. They are not hot but, very warm. Am still scrubbing with diluted hibi scrub, as advised because there are lots of holes in his hooves and has large black areas, gently scrubbing sole/frog as well as he has a lot of black thrush. He is walking front first, which is to be expected.The frogs are still soft unlike his backs which are rock hard (we took his back shoes off when we got him last autumn) -

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