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Re: HOOF Help Needed

I'm back after a short stint of being computerless and internetless....geez
o pete!  I have read some of the responses already and this is what I would
like to say.  CALL YOUR FARRIER!!  Give him the opportunity to help you
with the situation.  One of our biggest gripes is when a client has a
problem with work Nelson has done, whether it is a lost shoe, silicone that
they pulled out accidentally, or whatever and they don't call and let us
know so that we can rectify the situation!!!  Communication (or rather lack
of it) is the fastest way to lose a farrier (good or not).  Don't do
anything until he has a chance to advise you.  It is difficult for those of
us on ridecamp to accurately assess the situation without seeing the
horse...we can give advice from our own experience and what we can
visualize but...well, that is what you pay your farrier for. Give him a
call before you cut out any pads or whatever.  

> From: C Eyler <>
> To: Ridecamp <>
> Subject: RC:  HOOF Help Needed
> Date: Friday, October 01, 1999 8:09 PM
> Long story, but please bear with me.  Trying to give all the background.
> My gelding pulled off a shoe, tearing out so much hoof wall that he
> be reshod.  We left him barefoot, and all of the hoof wall around
> nail holes broke up on both feet (he's only shod in front).  Eventually,
> even the bottom edges of the toes broke off.  Was waiting for him to grow
> enough to be reshod, but during that time he became increasingly lame. 
> x-rayed his front feet and found them fine except for having very thin
> soles.
> He was re-shod three weeks ago, following the vet's instructions -- wide
> shoes (had been using St. Croix eventers anyway) with pads, and silicone
> injected under the pads.  The farrier was barely able to get shoes on
> and he's been wearing bell boots to keep him from stepping on the exposed
> shoe beneath the nails.  Rode him in the ring a week later.  After
> week, we went back out on the trail for a couple of brief rides.
> Those first times back out on the trail were last weekend.  No problems
> first ride.  On the second ride, he stumbled as we crossed through a
> About twenty feet farther on, he went suddenly lame.  Walked and stopped
> few times, and then he seemed fine again for the rest of that short ride,
> walking and trotting.
> But he's been off-and-on lame this week, while I was out of town.  When I
> checked him today, I found bulges under the center of both of the pads. 
> silicone shift?  Could he have picked up stones?  What the *ell do I do
> I DO NOT want to remove these shoes after only three weeks.  He's holding
> them well (I've starting using Keratex Hoof Hardener and I'm tightening
> clinches as needed) and there probably wouldn't be enought solid wall to
> drive new nails.
> Could I cut out the pads, leaving rim pads?  Recently someone talked
about a
> filler that can be applied to the bottom of the soles (was that you,
> Chaton?)  I don't remember the name of the stuff, let alone where to get
> How long would it stay in place on a horse at pasture 24/7?
> After fighting mystery lamenesses most of the summer (vet had seen him a
> couple of months before the time he took x-rays and doesn't think the
> problem is higher up), I'm frustrated and riding-deprived.  And I hate
> seeing my adored horse so uncomfortable.
> What to do?
> Cindy Eyler
> Baltimore
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