Re: Ex racehorse Thoroughbred going barefoot! Piccies
Just an update on the barefoot situation with the TB - we are getting there, slowly though! The horrible heat in his feet did settle and I have been watching his grass intake and making sure he is in by 6pm and not out 24/7 - have put him onto simple systems so no sugar in the feeds, feeding linseed, biotin, seeweed etc, all mixed by the company. We are using the boots to get him to the field and back and have also used them for riding over harder ground, again he is coping, not 100% happy but, I need to get him moving to motivate the feet, we are taking it slowly and carefully. We have had some bruising to the sole on his left foot, from the field, and one of the cavallo horse boots tends to rub his heel, the other is absolutely fine, not sure if the fit is correct or whether its still due to wearing them in. But he does have one foot bigger than the other, the smaller hoof is the one that he fractured when a youngster at training. He still finds it painful to walk from his stable and around the yard on concrete and refuses to go any further than where we hang up his hay net, I am scrubbing the bottom of his feet daily with a soft hand brush and injecting diluted bleech into the gap the farrier put in after widening the crack, so to avoid infection/seedy toe. Although its only 4 weeks since we took his shoes off, it feels like 4 years, I am permanently looking at his hooves and feeling for heat! The hooves are holding up quite nicely after his trim ( 1 1/2 weeks ago) and not chipped any further, but the morning dew on the grasss has helped. The only thing with the boots, and they are easy to get on and off, is that when he is being ridden, you can hear him clipping them from behind, as he does over reach, also they seem rather clumsy, we are only walking him in them and I know you are suposed to be able to gallop around with them on but, because he has typical TB legs, they seem like wellies attached. Shall and try and attach a photo of him wearing his cavallo horse hoof boots. Its probably going to take time for him to get used to wearing them. After all he has had shoes on for most of his life and now has leather trainers on!
Have attached photo showing hoof where farrier removed some of the seedy toe and widened it to allow me to clean it, doesnt look very pretty though