IMNTBCHO, the vet was incorrect with regard to sole depth. Ideally, I would like to see at least 15mm of sole depth. Your horse looks to have about 10mm +/- and that is borderline for the acceptable level of sole depth. 'very, very, very thin soles' would be somewhere < 4mm of sole depth.
Originally Posted by Jumper_girl221
Why is an increase in bone density a bad thing??
In this case, IMO, any shoe configuration, but particularly an egg bar configuration without supplemental frog support does more harm than good. As for no pads because of a lack of sole depth, well, my BS detector is now sounding at a high level, and that 'reasoning' does not pass the sniff test either.
Per her recommendation, we shod using eggbar shoes without pads (he does not have the sole depth to handle pads at this time, not even the pour ins). It has now been about 3 weeks and he's still 3 legged lame.
Find a vet/farrier team that knows what they are doing.
If you stick with NB shoes, find a farrier who knows how to properly apply them(hint: for one thing, you don't destroy the wall the way that is pictured)
In that case, sell him to someone who can.
This horse has such potential...a massive knees to eyeballs jump and lands with a natural quiet canter. Plus has the brain to easily be a childrens hunter...but I can't keep pouring money into him for "one last thing".
His problems are more involved than just a lack of ideal sole depth. Underrun heels, run forward toe, quarter flares, broken back phalangeal alignment(all connected by the way) inaccurate diagnosis and less than satisfactory hoof care are bigger issues IMO.
With him its not just that his soles are tender....but rather that they are so thin?
How exactly will that destabilize his hoof if all the other appropriate and correct measures are taken?
We have EXTREMELY underslung heels....which he's always had. we are trying to bring them back as much as possible with every trim, but because he's such a slow grower, its hard to do it without taking off so much that you destabilize his foot.
Until/unless you deal with the real issues, you're just throwing good money after bad. ymmv
I'm really hoping the farriers formula will help with that.
IMO, wrong on all counts. That looks like an old gravel that has grown down sufficiently to cause the wall below the vent to pull away because there is nothing to hold it in place. Betcha' a dollar against a donut hole that if you resected what is essentially now a 'hang nail' you'd find a whole bunch of environmental crud under that wall. And, for a mechanic who knows what s/he is doing, that is not difficult to manage/repair.
Another thing that is interesting is that on his white "bad" foot, he has a gash/cut/separation. Initially I assumed an overstep and he cut himself, but the more I look at it (and both vet and farrier agree its a strong possibility) it appears the new, stronger foot is tearing away from the weeker underslung heels.