I need to scan some of the pics from the last computer balancing. But, I'd have to stay home for more than a few hours to sleep to do that, so it hasn't happened.
Unfortunately my mom made off with the digital camera (fooey, doesn't she understand that since I've had it more than a year, it should now be mine?!!) so I'll have to borrow one, or do the real photos and scan them route. I'll work on it this weekend and post some for your perusal.
The little monster is getting reset this afternoon, and since racing on a poor shoeing/trimming job is the cause of both the ugly old bow and his arthritis in the other ankle, it might be interesting to see what we are doing with his feet without the computer's input (I haven't been able to afford to do both boys feet with x-rays)
He is pretty wonderful. The little monster got new shoes made tonight. He wears St. Croix eventers that Larry takes bar steel and welds onto them to make eventer bar shoes, and then, since he needed to be raised a bit, and we'd done all we could by trimming, he set the bar on the outside of the shoe, rather than flush with it, and viola, wedge bar shoes that are actually St. Croix eventers. He charged me so little for this that it ought to be illegal. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif
Here's a pic of Lexi's feet, taken the day we got her. She was 3 years old and had lived outside all her life.. most recently in a ROCK QUARRY for 7 months until we bought her.
I'll take new pics of her feet and all the rest of ems feet tomorrow. Jez's feet are very *ahem* interesting.. she has 4 totally different feet. My farrier has only recently started shoeing her, so he's taking it slow trying to correct everything.
Before I knew what I was looking at, My mares feet looked like this. She was shod (BADLY!) the entire time I owned her I thought she had problems with her hocks--I now know it was most likely her feet.
I look back and cant believe my ignorance about feet until the last few years.
Fairweather, I see first, underrun heels (ok, what heels http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_razz.gif ) loooong toes, a touch of thrush (in this mud, who DOESN'T have thrush??? ) and what appears to be a seedy toe. The graphics card is going on my computer, so the photos aren't that clear, so I've probably missed a thing or two. Oh, and the hoof angle is different than the pastern angle. Good luck with your new farrier
This is one of my cross bred hunt horses. I make my own shoes for these bigger feet. It's inch wide by 1/2 inch thick concave bar stock.I feel that the calks help my hoses to stay on their feet alot better then the regular drive in or screw in corks.There is a toe clip on this back foot, cause I just like the way the foot tends to stay underneath instead of flaring off to the outside and being pinched by side clips. I always joke that if ya want to lose a barn/client just start using toe clips on the back feet.They figure I really have lost it.
MissCapitalSplash, why would you think you'd be offensive by telling someone their horse has GOOD feet? I'm not offended at all, and Cressy would be barefoot in winter except for two reasons...
The primary reason is (in the attached photo) her left hind is deformed. If you look carefully, the hoof wall narrows (and flares) by 1/4 inch for the entire outside quarter. The wall is thin, and will develop a crack where the "dent" is. With shoes, it poses no problem and does not crack.
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