Hi there! I recently got an amazing OTTB. He has the kindest heart, level headed, and so trusting! He would walk through fire for me if I asked him too! I am so lucky!
But… HIS FEET!
OMG I literally and am my wits end and don’t know what really works! When I pulled off his racing plates I put all 4 shoes on him. He kept losing a front shoe like once a week. Then the Farrier at the time recommended rim pads and venice turpentine daily. He was now so footsore I couldn’t ride him at all
Then we switched to full pads in the front and regular shoes in the back. He again keeps losing shoes almost weekly!
I finally took the back shoes off during winter because the ground was softer and he was in a gorgeous soft lush green pasture, but left the padded fronts on. Those lasted a good 4 weeks for once! Then he pulled a shoe!! I eventually switched to a different farrier who Hot shoes. My horse continued to lose a shoe a week in the winter and tore up his feet very badly! We even tried adding the glue to rebuild/ reinforce the sides and help hold the nails in but nothing really helped. Finally I pulled the shoes off, applied venice turpentine with DMSO (like my farrier suggested) daily and prayed for his feet to heal. We were doing ok in his field for a while!
I recently moved barns to a more active barn and his field is very rocky and a lot of gravel driveways, etc. So here we go again with the shoes! The farrier this time put aluminum shoes on because they’re so light weight. He pulled one shoe a week after having them on and now has had them on a week and they’re looking good. The only problem is they’re wearing down ridiculously fast because of the rocky field. My horse is also still so foot sore and it seems like nothing is really helping. The steal shoes and pads are too heavy according to my farrier and the aluminum is wearing down ridiculously fast!
Does anyone have ANY advice, tips, tricks to help me and my poor baby? Anything would be appreciated!
Thank you so much!