Originally Posted by horselady
Bute, mud, time. no shoes unless you absolutely have to, and for at least 1 days to 2 weeks.
Bute may help comfort levels but does nothing to prevent the damage that the terrain can do to the solar tissues if the horse lacks wall support.
Mud, while perhaps offering comfort and reducing the risk of damage to solar tissues, is also conducive to the kind of anaerobic organisms that create thrush and white line disease.
Suggesting "no shoes unless you absolutely have to" seems disingenuous if you are not a farrier, have not seen the horse in person and are truly interested in the best interest of the horse. Shoes are a proven methodology for addressing numerous bio and mechanical deficiencies in the equine foot, including one that has been trimmed too short.
why do some farriers feel they have to trim alot. it is like going to have your hair done and the beautician just keeps cutting away.
Actually, comparing trimming a horses feet to having your hair cut too short is a poor analogy. Trimming your hair too short is not physically painful, nor can it result in bruising of solar tissues, subsolar abscessing or mechanically induced laminitis. At most, it might hurt your feelings for a few weeks.
Why do some farriers feel they "have" to trim a lot?
Most don't. The two most common reasons a horse might go sore after a trim are:
- Farrier is inexperienced.
- Horse presented a good deal of wall distortion, separation, false sole, suspect bruising related abscess, etc. The farrier tried to clean up a bit too much while lacking the option of providing secondary protection due to the limits defined by the owner.
Trimming a horse for barefoot can be risky business. The farrier has to balance how much needs
to be removed against how much can
be removed. He also has to take into consideration how the horse is used and over what terrain. During a dry season, or if the rider uses the horse over harsh terrain, the risk of leaving a barefoot horse sore increases.
If the horse presents any number of possible problems, it's easy to go too far in ones attempt to correct those issues. Without shoes as an option, the farrier has to make his best guess as to how much of the problem he can address and still leave the horse enough hoof to stand on comfortably.
Sometimes the difference between sound and sore is a millimeter of depth at the toe.
Sadly, a lot of farriers won't get a chance to make things right. If they leave a horse tender after a trim, odds are pretty good that the owner will be looking for another farrier right away. Many owners won't even call the original farrier and give him/her a chance to address the issue. He may never know that the horse had any post service problems at all.
I get calls all the time from owners who tell me "he just needs a trim". This raises two concerns before I even see the horse. First, how do you know? Second, you just severely limited available options that may well benefit your horse.
Since you're paying for the visit anyway, why not take advantage of the experience, knowledge and education of the professional horseman standing right in front of you. Instead of pre-defining what the farrier will do, how about asking, "what does my horse need"? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSvtlrL6lEg