|Missouri 7 year old TWH ridden in
walking horse bit and Aussie/ Fox Poley saddle ,trail ride mostly by Experienced
Question: When I first purchased my mare, her feet were terrible!
She had been out on pasture and her feet had not been taken care of, she
had pie pans and what looked to my farrier a possible abscess at one time
in the right front that had blown out the top at the coronary band.
She was not lame though and had a wonderful light way of going and running
walk though a little pacey at speed. We have done a lot of work on
her feet. She does not pick her front feet up very high at all/ a
real daisy cutter. The problem is she has fallen several times.
Yes, with me riding her. She's a big mare 15.1 hands most likely
in the 1200 lb range, large boned alittle wide. I have done everything
I can think of. My original farrier put her in a weighted plantation
shoe and yes, she picked her feet up higher, but after a couple of shoeings
her feet especially the right couldn't continue to hold the shoe.
When I couldn't get my farrier to use his hoof gauge I started using the
farrier who I currently use, who uses his hoof gauge. We have in
the last two shoeings increased the angle of the front feet and she is
breaking over quicker, some success, but she fell again yesterday.
To keep her light on the forehand I constantly have to drive her into the
bit, but as soon as I stop she gets heavy on the fore hand. Is she
just lazy? I would hate to really get after her if this is something
out of her control. There doesn't seem to be any physical problems.
When I first purchased her, I rationalized that she was in poor condition
(she was), but she is'nt now, in fact she may be alittle fat! She
is on a good hoof supplement (Farriers Formula). We can't change
her angle any more as she has been alittle gimpy with the last change so
I have her wearing easy boots on the front right now. I believe the
angle in the front is about 57 degrees. And yes, she is a little
choppy now, not bad, but not as much glide as before. She would rack
before, but we seem to have lost the rack completely now. She is
gaiting in her paddock now
From Panelist Laura
Sounds like those feet may be too steep now. Have your farrier look at what
this horse's natural angles (pastern/shoulder) are and only deviate a few
degrees from that. If you get too far away from the natural angle you will
cause your horse harm to her joints. I would stay away from a heavy shoe for
this horse. The heavier shoe will tire her muscles out and cause her to
stumble more. If you want higher action - look into getting a horse with
more natural animation than this mare.
A few things you could try: work her over ground poles and cavelleti
From Panelist Nancy
(Again I am speaking of the front feet). He had been so bad about