Thursday, June 4, 2009

A belated update

Remember that situation with the people I know who were letting their horses' hooves get too long? Well, I think I forgot to mention it, but we put some pressure on them to get it taken care of — and about a week later, they did! So their horses are good to go now.

I remembered that I still owed you an update because it was actually my farrier they used, so I was able to get some information from him yesterday.

My farrier confirmed that it was the one horse's overgrown feet that was making him appear lame. He also confirmed that I was right when I said it was really bad — another 3 to 4 weeks, he said, and the horse's hooves would have started curling up at the toes. And at that point, he said, you usually have to have a vet out to sedate the horse in order to trim their feet, because they are in so much pain.

My farrier made me feel pretty good, because what he had to say confirmed two things:

1) I know enough about horses and their feet to recognize when they are dangerously overgrown, and

2) I was right to put some pressure on those people to get their horses' hooves trimmed.

My farrier also indicated that they will need to keep on a regular trim schedule for a while. He said that because the super long toes were rocking the horses back on their heels, they'll need to have their feet trimmed on time for a while in order for their ligaments to recover.

In other words, our job is not done here — in another 7 or 8 weeks, we'll have to start laying on the pressure all over again!



At June 4, 2009 at 9:28 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That's good news.

At June 4, 2009 at 9:37 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Definitely. I was very glad they did the right thing -- and that simply putting some pressure on them ourselves got it done!


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