Quick question. My horse sprung a frontshoe by about 1/3 inch visible when lifting foot of the ground.
Should I take the shoe off or leave on until farrier gets here hopefully early in the week.
Horse has pads, hoofpacking already came out.
I'm not going to ride him of course, only night turnout. Wondering what will do the least damage to the foot: walking on a sprung shoe with some dirt getting underneath packaging, walking bare & chipping the foot or put a boot on, but in this humidity it'll made the foot sweat tremendously and soften hoofwall.
^ ditto. Pull the shoe and use a foam pad/diaper/whatever to cushion the foot and secure with duct tape. Its much better to have to change the padding every 12-24 hours than to end up at the equine hospital because the shoe twisted and a nail punctured the coffin bone.
east central Illinois and working north to the 'burbs
When is the farrier coming to work on the horse? Do you have the proper tools to safely remove the shoe? Do you know how to safely remove the shoe?
If the answer is No to either question and the farrier will be there in the next couple of days, then I'm going to disagree with my colleagues and suggest that you wrap some Gorilla tape around and over the shoe and hoof and leave it in place. 1/3" is not very much and should not cause any problems . If the shoe becomes sprung much more than that, then it may become necessary to remove it or have someone who knows how to remove a shoe, help you out.
If any nail heads are sticking out (out of place) I would remove them. You should be able to do that with a pair of pliers or the like.
If you remove the shoe, protecting the edge of the hoof with gorilla tape/duct tape is a good idea. A better idea/plan is to have an appropriately sized emergency boot on hand.
Most of the time, I will remove the shoe, but when my horse sprung a shoe on the way to her inspection, and my farrier was there. He simply hit it a few good times with the large hammer, and it was back straight.
She held the shoe as usual for 5 more weeks, and was totally sound. For a lightly spring shoe, I have done that again a few times with good results, and would certainly do that before leaving a spring shoe on.
You do have to really brace the foot though, to do this.