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#1 shorthorsemom

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 02:20 PM

My farrier came on Tuesday and trimmed the feet on my boys. We were at about 7 weeks from their last trim and they needed it with all the wet weather we have been having. He took off so much foot!!! I almost cried. All three were sore and one was very sore and has a digital pulse. After a day the two boys are somewhat better but my one boy has a bit of heat in one foot. I am giving him banamine which takes out the heat and lessen the pulse. Of course my boy that is the worst is my driving boy, no lesson for me tomorrow. sigh. I rarely let the farrier trim my boys without me being here, but new job, thought I would give it a try, he has been trimming my boys for over a year. What possesed him to try and make so much of an adjustment in one visit is beyond me.:wacko

One of trimmings measured where he cut the toe way back was 1/2 inch thick! I pay to have their feet done every 5-6 weeks and I never let my boys go too long, they didn't look too bad when he came out, certainly not 1/2 inch worth of trimming!!! I will be farrier shopping I think.

Anybody have any good ideas becides banamine and time for the feet for soreness? I bedded up the run in shed real deep with shavings so he has a soft place to stand. I just had to vent. I am so upset. The feet look awful. He said he was doing some balancing between the front and back to make it even??? Why would he angle the toes back like that, the whole hoof does not lay flat on the ground anymore. sigh. I take good care of my boys, I am so bummed.:No-Sad

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 02:47 PM

As for treatment, Bute OR Banamine are good choices. You can also soak the feet in Epsom salts and water to toughen them up. But, frankly, a tincture of time is the most likely thing to work.

As for firing the farrier, I would encourage you to consider this story.

'Henry Ford had an engineer who worked for him make a mistake that cost the company $2million. Henry brought the man into his office and spoke to him for awhile. After which the engineer asked if he was going to get fired. 'heck no' said Henry, 'I just spent $2million educating you. But, you don't get to make that mistake again.'

Sit down with the farrier and calmly explain your frustration. Get a feel as to whether he seems to understand and is remorseful. If you think he can improve, keep him on, if not then go looking.

My current farrier does a fine job, but he did far worse far more consistently until he figured out what I wanted. But, he never minded my critiques and always tried to do what I wanted.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 05:49 PM

I appreciate your reply. I did calmly talk to him Tuesday night and told him how sore all my boys were and that I was very upset, he appreciated me calling he said. Not sure if he really "gets it" though. The toe is so beveled from the underside so much that the edge of the hoof is not anywhere near touching the ground. These boys had tough decent hard healthy feet with tight white lines and he basically took the foot down to the point so they are standing on their soles. Hard to explain and I can't get photos to show enough detail, but I can hardly believe he did it. I blame myself for not being there, I would never have let him "correct" the feet that much had I been there. If my boy mechanically founders, gets an absess or I need to have the vet out, then the farrier is toast . It breaks my heart to watch my boy hobbling around, he is single tracking his front feet, placing one in front of the other like he is on a balance beam. What are the odds that if you have three horses, and only one in full training and the one in full training is the one that gets messed up the worst. Sounds like murphys law. I will try waiting it out, it has been two days so far.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 05:59 PM

I had that happen to me once when I tried a new farrier..will NEVER do that again, lesson learned. My horses were so bad they looked like everyone was foundered..stretched out laying down..I was horrified...luckily my Vet has this stuff you paint on their soles.. SOLE PAINT I think it was called....it helped a lot....they did all improve but like I said I felt awful that I had caused them so much pain...you can also wrap the feet/sole in the vet tap that sticks to itself...it helps tender feet..good luck
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 06:12 PM

try putting something cushiony on the sole of the feet and wrap with vet wrap. Also put his hay and water close together so he doesnt have to walk as far. I'd put him in a stall or put up a temp fence to make the enclosure smaller. If there's heat in the feet definatly soak in icy cold water just like you would if they were foundering. Epsom salt would draw out any absesses if they are forming. Theres also an epsom salt jel that you put on the bottom of the hooves and wrap with vet wrap that works really well with out soaking. Excessive heat in feet isn't good. Good luck hope he feels better soon.
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 07:40 PM

Soaking, wrapping, and banamine is good and deep bedding. You can cut a stayfree mini or maxi pad in half for the padding then vet wrap. There is a good product called "hoof freeze" for this very thing. Not sure off hand where you can get it but if you google it you should find it. Its one of my "must haves". You may want to get something like Biotin or Farrier's Formula to help speed up growth. It totally works.
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 07:47 PM

Oh I can feel how upset you are. :( From what you describe he had to have taken quite a chunk off to make your little ones go off so badly and be that uncomfortable. Me personally, he would have gotten his walking papers. I can understand second chances to something non-living, but when it comes to my dogs and horses trust is the word. I would not be able to trust your farrier ever again. Did he explain why he decided to correct to the point that he did in one visit? Hope your little ones feel better real soon.
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 09:19 PM

My farrier came on Tuesday and trimmed the feet on my boys. We were at about 7 weeks from their last trim and they needed it with all the wet weather we have been having. He took off so much foot!!! I almost cried. All three were sore and one was very sore and has a digital pulse. After a day the two boys are somewhat better but my one boy has a bit of heat in one foot. I am giving him banamine which takes out the heat and lessen the pulse. Of course my boy that is the worst is my driving boy, no lesson for me tomorrow. sigh. I rarely let the farrier trim my boys without me being here, but new job, thought I would give it a try, he has been trimming my boys for over a year. What possesed him to try and make so much of an adjustment in one visit is beyond me.:wacko

One of trimmings measured where he cut the toe way back was 1/2 inch thick! I pay to have their feet done every 5-6 weeks and I never let my boys go too long, they didn't look too bad when he came out, certainly not 1/2 inch worth of trimming!!! I will be farrier shopping I think.

Anybody have any good ideas becides banamine and time for the feet for soreness? I bedded up the run in shed real deep with shavings so he has a soft place to stand. I just had to vent. I am so upset. The feet look awful. He said he was doing some balancing between the front and back to make it even??? Why would he angle the toes back like that, the whole hoof does not lay flat on the ground anymore. sigh. I take good care of my boys, I am so bummed.:No-Sad


We just had this happen this past weekend, so I totally know how you feel. We are using anti-inflammatory meds, running cool water from the hose over their hooves, bedding their stalls with lots of cushy paper shavings, making mud to stand in outside, ... My vet here at home recommended another treatment that I will share with you privately, if you pm me. It is now day 6 and they are still sore, but are improving a bit each day. So much for show training now for awhile...... You ought to see the brusing on their heels --ugh--it makes me sad.
I would agree on the farrier shopping - we are in the process, too.
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Posted 06 May 2011 - 07:30 AM

Marty I will look for the hoof freeze, and try some biotin or something like that, time to go shopping again...thanks for the tips. I think I saw the hoof freeze once at our feed store. My driving boy is worse this morning, walking with a head bob this morning in spite of banamine. I am going out to wrap him in a few minutes. The farrier dug at a slight white line separation and made it bigger and that might be my trouble spot brewing on that boy and why he is heading the wrong direction. Goodness I hope not. He had heat one night, but doesn't have heat now but I think he is more sore this morning. My other two boys are walking tender but not outright lame anymore. Three days now... sigh.
I was talking to my breeder friend Kim last night and saying, "It is times like now that I KNOW I will never breed horses" I don't have the guts for it, and I am way too impatient. If I were breeding I would be calling her nightly and saying .."no baby yet, look at this photo, do you think she is ready, why is it taking this long etc..,, blah blah... haha"

Albahurst... I will try to figure out how to PM you, I have messed up a few pms lately trying to ask people questions off forum.... If you don't get anything soon will you please pm me? I am interested in anything that will help.
My vet talked me out of wrapping him that first day and I think that might have been an error. I sure hope my doesn't get an abscess out of this. I think a neighbor's husband is a farrier, maybe I can get him to come over and take a look.

Sterling... Yes it was quite a chunk. I measured 1/2 inch on the trimmings I found on the ground. He was trying out some new corrective technique he read on about how to balance the hoof, I think he got carried away with his balancing and wasn't paying attention to how much he was taking off. Typically my boys only need a rasp trimming because I trim often. I would always rather have the farrier out more frequently than to over trim. This was 7 weeks, rather than my usual 5-6. The farrier also made some comment like "If you would trim more often maybe I wouldn't have had to take off so much"... I never let my boys feet get overly long...he is toast...:wacko

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 09:21 AM

I'm so sorry to hear this, I know just how you feel, I had the exact same thing happen to me in the fall. Here is a link to the thread I started My link, there was some excellent advice in there. There are pics on page 2 that seem to show just what you are trying to describe.

What I ended up doing was leaving her stalled for about 4 days in very deep bedding, and giving banamine for 5 days per the vet's instructions. Through all of her hoof trouble I also tried hoof freeze and venice turpentine, but did not notice much difference after either of them, the deep stall gave her the most relief. I also discovered that premie diapers are the perfect size for mini hoof packs! The biggest thing was just keeping her comfortable until she had time to grow out. She is now back to normal and we have a much more contentious farrier who is trying to very gradually correct her hooves.

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