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Sprung front shoe, leave on, take off??

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  • Sprung front shoe, leave on, take off??

    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.

    What do you reckon is best? Thanks a lot!

  • #2
    Take the shoe off NOW!!!

    Protect the foot with duct tape and padding.

    Have you got that shoe off yet?

    What the heck are you waiting for, get 'er done.


    • #3
      A sprung shoe should always come off ASAP. Too much risk of getting a nail through the sole, even one that appears straight -- they can catch them so easily and twist them, and you are screwed.


      • #4
        ^ 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.


        • #5
          What Tom said!!

          They are walking crooked. Tough on joints!
          They can tear it off, taking more hoof with it!
          They can injure the other leg with it!
          Taking it day by day!


          • #6
            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.


            • #7
              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.


              • Original Poster

                Okikoki, no more doubts on what to do, shoe will come off now.
                Hubby will take it off. He's done it a few times before, got nailpuller, shoe puller, rasp etc.

                Nails are actually all still very wel in place, so no damage to the foot done just yet. But got ya, shoe must come off now to prevent any damage.

                I got a HoofEeze boot, very comfy thing, I have turned him out in one of those before, it'll just make the foot sweat a little.

                I can vetwrap & ducttape too, but sweating is about the same.

                Farrier is very good. Last week he came same day when other horse pulled a shoe. But it's sunday today, so will call early am tomorrow .

                Thx for getting my mind very clear on this


                • #9
                  Hubbys rock!

                  I know this because, I am one.
                  Last edited by Tom Bloomer; Jul. 24, 2011, 01:35 PM.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tom Bloomer View Post
                    Hubby's rock!

                    I know this because, I am one.
                    and they are modest too.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by threedogpack View Post
                      and they are modest too.
                      That's true. I wore jeans to my wedding.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tom Bloomer View Post
                        Hubby's rock!

                        I know this because, I am one.
                        You're a rock?

                        OK, if you say so,,,,,


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rick Burten View Post
                          You're a rock?

                          OK, if you say so,,,,,
                          Thank you for pointing out my punctuation error. I have corrected it so as to eliminate the metaphoric noun verb confusion.